Gary Sheffield left off Hall of Fame ballot, joins 60% club with Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens

The results of the 2024 Baseball Hall of Fame vote are in. And that’s bad news for longtime MLB supporter Gary Sheffield. He received 63.9% of the votes and 75% of the votes are required for a player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. This was his 10th and final year on the ballot, so he would no longer be up for BBWAA consideration. It’s possible that the Era Committee will vote on Sheffield in the near future (similar to how Fred McGriff did it last year), but for now, that’s been put on the back burner.

However, there was something remarkable about Sheffield’s final run on the ballot. His final vote percentage was the highest.

Going back to 1966, when the Hall of Fame began holding BBWAA votes every year instead of every other year, here are the 10 highest final year percentages of players who did not reach the required 75%.

1. Nellie Fox, 1985, 74.7%

Fox had to reach the pinnacle of induction by garnering 10.8% in 15 iterations of the BBWAA ballot. How sad it must have been for Fox’s family members – he died in 1975 at the age of 47 – to hear that he had fallen two votes short. Two

However, Fox was eventually immortalized with a statue in Cooperstown, as the 15-time All-Star and one-time MVP second baseman was selected by the Veterans Committee in 1997.

2. Orlando Cepeda, 1994, 73.5%

The 11-time All-Star and 1967 NL MVP went through waves of growth and then stagnation during his 15 years on the ballot, and he received seven fewer votes than he received in 456 before being inducted in ’94. He was the beneficiary of a good increase (about 14%) in the last year, but it was not enough.

Cepeda had to wait five more years until he was selected by the Veterans Committee in 1999, but he still enjoyed the experience.

3. Red Roughing, 72.6%, 1967

In a strange case, Ruffing lost by seven votes in his final year’s voting, but was still successful that year.

As noted, prior to 1966, BBWAA votes alternated with Veteran Committee votes. No player received 75% in the first BBWAA vote held for the 1967 class. To give eligible players a better chance of being inducted, a runoff election was held and Ruffing led with 86.9% of that vote, along with vet committee selections Lloyd Wanner (player) and Branch Rickey (executive). joined in.

4. Enos Slaughter, 1979, 68.8%

Slaughter’s eligibility expired after 14 attempts on the ballot (for some time there was a maximum limit of 20 years after retirement and he was not put on the ballot until six years after retirement) and he also failed to achieve 69%. Was unable to. In 1978 he topped with 68.9% and then fell to 68.8% in his final round.

Nevertheless, the veteran committee selected Slaughter in 1985 when he was still alive and healthy, so it was only a matter of waiting a few more years.

5. Barry Bonds, 2022, 66%

We know all about it, right?

The main thing to remember is that while most of the other guys on this list had 15 years, Bonds (and the guy below him) only had 10 years because it looked like the Hall of Fame was going to have a rule change coming in 2014. Was targeting the PED era with. Grandfathering only those players who were already on the ballot for more than 10 years. The bonds had already been on the ballot for two voting cycles.

The removal of voting rolls from those who hadn’t covered baseball in a while provided a slight boost and momentum seemed to be building toward the end, but 10 years wasn’t enough. It is very likely that fifteen would have done so.

6. Roger Clemens, 2022, 65.2%

We all remember this too. Everything written above about Bonds applies to Clemens.

7. Gary Sheffield, 2024, 63.9%

Although Sheffield candidacy Arriving a little later than Bonds and Clemens, he also had a felony case while possessing similar baggage due to alleged connections to BALCO and the Mitchell Report. Even after a late push, it was ultimately no surprise that he fell just short of Bonds and Clemens in votes.

8. Jim Bunning, 1991, 63.7%

Bunning came incredibly close before backing away. He was at 70% in 1987 and then reached 74.2% in 1988, falling just four votes short of inclusion. They then received 63.3%, 57.9% and 63.7% of the vote before being eliminated from the ballot after 15 years.

Nevertheless, Bunning was selected by the Veterans Committee in 1996 and he was alive and well.

9. Gil Hodges, 1983, 63.4%

Hodgers survived only through four voting cycles on the ballot, reaching 50% in 1971. He actually remained on the ballot during his 15th year in office. They got a nice gain of 14% in the last year, but it was still a little less than 12%. It would take nearly three decades before Hodges’ story would have a happy ending at the Hall.

The Golden Days Era Committee selected Hodges in 2022 technically as a player but was also allowed to consider his managerial achievements.

10. Jack Morris, 2014, 61.5%

Morris’s polarizing statistical case lasted a full 15 years, reaching 67.7% in 2013, but then falling to the low 60s in 2014 amid an incredibly crowded poll. Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas flew with ease for the first time. and there were 11 Others on the ballot who are already in the Hall of Fame. This doesn’t even include big names like Bonds, Clemens, Curt Schilling, Jeff Kent, Mark McGwire, Don Mattingly, Sammy Sosa or Rafael Palmeiro. This means that one could argue that the ballot alone included 22 eligible players.

Regardless, Morris made it through the Modern Day Baseball Era Committee in 2018.

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