Ken Griffey Jr.’s bid to become the first player in baseball history to be elected unanimously to the Hall of Fame fell just three votes short.
The 99.3 percent of the vote Griffey received was still a record, surpassing the 98.84 percent that Tom Seaver received in 1992. Griffey’s name was on 437 of the 440 ballots cast for this year’s election.
Mike Piazza was also elected to the Hall of Fame after receiving 83 percent in his fourth year of eligibility.
Players are elected by a vote of eligible members of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Seventy-five percent of the vote is needed to earn election.
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