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  • January 2nd, 2015

    January 2, 2015: BBA Binary Ballot Recommends Seven For Cooperstown

    Posted by Christine E. at 3:46 pm in Baseball,BBBA,Old Friends,Red Sox No Comments

    BaseballBloggersAlliance-thumb-200x155-12545Seven players from the 2014 Baseball Writers of America ballot were recommended for enshrinement in the Baseball Hall of Fame by the members of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) today.

    Given the backlog of quality players on the ballot, this year the BBA adopted the plan suggested by St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Derrick Goold of a binary ballot. Each player on the ballot was given a yes or no vote by the BBA voters and those receiving over 75% were then recommended.

    With this format, pitcher Randy Johnson received 100% of the vote while pitcher Pedro Martinez was close behind at 95%. Others that topped the 75% mark were catcher/second baseman/outfielder Craig Biggio (90%), pitcher John Smoltz (89%), catcher Mike Piazza (85%), first baseman Jeff Bagwell (77%) and outfielder Tim Raines (77%).

    Those that just fell short of the mark were designated hitter Edgar Martinez (71%) and pitcher Curt Schilling (68%).

    The rest of the voting was as follows:
    Mike Mussina 67%
    Barry Bonds 65%
    Roger Clemens 63%
    Alan Trammell 53%
    Jeff Kent 44%
    Gary Sheffield 38%
    Larry Walker 37%
    Fred McGriff 33%
    Mark McGwire 33%
    Don Mattingly 31%
    Lee Smith 31%
    Sammy Sosa 23%
    Carlos Delgado 19%
    Nomar Garciaparra 13%
    Cliff Floyd 4%
    Brian Giles 4%
    Rich Aurilia 3%
    Darin Erstad 3%
    Troy Percival 3%
    Aaron Boone 1%
    Jason Schmidt 1%
    Jermaine Dye 0%
    Tom Gordon 0%
    Eddie Guardado 0%

    Using this binary method, only 13% turned in a ballot with less than 10 names selected. 40% turned in a ballot with 15 or more names selected, with a high of 20.

    The official website of the BBA is located here. The BBA can be found on Twitter by the handle @baseballblogs and by the hashmark #bbba. For more information, contact Niko Goutakolis at baseballbloggersalliance@gmail.com.

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