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Hall of Merit
— A Look at Baseball's All-Time Best
Monday, December 21, 2015
2016 Hall of Merit Election Results: Griffey Jr., Mussina, Smoltz and Sheffield elected!
Ken Griffey, Jr., Mike Mussina, John Smoltz and Gary Sheffield join the Hall of Merit as the Class of 2016!
Griffey was named on the top of 21 of the 26 ballots cast, leading the way with 619 of a possible 624 points.
Mussina finished second with 551 points - he was in the top four on 22 ballots. Smoltz finished 3rd with 522 points, top four on 19 ballots. Sheffield secured the last spot with 459 points, he was named on all but one ballot and was top four on 15 of them.
There’s a new guy at the top of the backlog - Jim Edmonds finished a solid fifth in his first election with 386 points. Edmonds was much closer to Sheffield than the sixth place finisher, Sammy Sosa was to him. Sosa finished with 208 points.
Jeff Kent jumped over Kenny Lofton and Buddy Bell into 7th place with 167 points. Lofton was 8th with 160. Bell finished with 116 points in 11th place, slipping behind Kent, 9th place Ben Taylor (135) and 10th place Luis Tiant (119). Vic Willis (114) and Bobby Bonds (113) were right there in that pack.
From there it was a bit of a drop to the next group which included Tommy Bridges (76), Phil Rizzuto (75), Gavy Cravath (67), Bucky Walters (65), Sal Bando (64) and Dick Redding (62). Thurman Munson rounded out the top 20 with 57 points. Bus Clarkson, Urban Shocker and Bob Johnson were right behind him.
Other prominent newcomers on the ballot were Trevor Hoffman, who finished 32nd with 34 points, named on 3 ballots, and Billy Wagner, who was tied for 62nd with 12 points, named on one ballot.
Ivan Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, Vladimir Guerrero and Jorge Posada will be the most prominent newcomers in 2017.
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