Baseball Hall of Fame 2016: Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza elected by writers

Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame when the results of voting by the Baseball Writers’ A sociation of Americawere announced Wednesday evening. Griffey was in his first year of eligibility, Piazza his fourth.Griffey, a 13-time All-Star who was the most iconic player of his generation, was elected in a landslide with a record 99.3 percent of the votes cast. iphone x coque funny The longtime Mariners outfielder will be the first No. 1 overall MLB Draft pick to enter Cooperstown. coque motifs iphone xr Piazza received 83 percent of the vote.MORE: Full breakdown of voting resultsAmong those mi sing the Cooperstown cut were Jeff Bagwell (71.6 percent), Tim Raines (69.8), Trevor Hoffman (67.3) and Curt Schilling (52.3) Alan Trammell falls off the ballot after failing to reach the needed 75 percent required for induction in his 15th and final year of Giancarlo Stanton Jersey Sporting News MLB (@SN_Baseball) January 6, 2016 Sporting News MLB (@SN_Baseball) January 6, 2016 Griffey told MLB Network he was “happy and shocked” by the election results. coque iphone xs native union “Happy that I get to be in such an elite club. I want to thank the writers for putting my name down.”MORE:25 best players not in the Hall of Fame | Revisiting SN’s All-1990s team The son of an All-Star outfielder for the Big Red Machine, Griffey was the top selection of the Mariners in the 1987 MLB Draft. coque selfie iphone 8 plus He made his major league debut two years later at the age of 19 and was an All-Star and Gold Glove winner by 1990. With his ever-present smile and backwards baseball cap, he became perhaps the most popular player of the 1990s.In 1997, he hit 56 home runs and was named American League MVP and Sporting News MLB Player of the Year. The next year, he hit 56 home runs again. iphone 7 coque douce He led the AL in home runs four times and offensive WAR three times as a member of the M’s. He also collected 10 straight Gold Gloves.MORE: 10 times Ken Griffey Jr. invaded pop culture Griffey was traded to Starlin Castro Jersey the Reds following the 1999 season, but he was never the same player in Cincinnati he was in Seattle. coque iphone 6 mulan He played with the White Sox briefly in 2008 before returning the Mariners for 2009 and part of 2010.Overall, the man known as Junior hit .284/.370/.538 with 630 home runs, good for sixth all time.MORE: Cla sic images of Ken Griffey Jr. | Cla sic images of Mike PiazzaPiazza, a lifetime .308/.377/.545 hitter with 427 homers, is perhaps the greatest hitting catcher ever. But his election was delayed due to unfounded rumors he used performance-enhancing drugs during his career.”Words can’t describe this honor,” Piazza told MLB Network. “Truly, truly humbled. What a ble sing.”LANCASTER: With Griffey, baseball was only part of the storyHis route to Cooperstown was different than Griffey’s. Drafted in the 62nd round of the 1988 draft by the Martin Prado Jersey Dodgers, he didn’t become a full-time major leaguer until he was 24 in 1993.

Related posts

No Comments

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

WordPress Themes