It should be noted that getting 74 percent of the writers’ vote is no guarantee of them inducting a player in subsequent years, with Jim Bunning receiving 74.2 percent of the vote in 1988 and then falling short his final three years of eligibility and needing the Veterans Committee to select him in 1996.
Still, Hoffman’s far earlier in his eligibility and, as with Thome, Hall of Fame voters are being a little looser with the ballots these days. He’s a likely selection this year.
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Other arguably-deserving candidates likely to fall short this year: Andruw Jones, Mike Mussina, Curt Schilling, Larry Walker, Billy Wagner
No induction by Modern Baseball Committee: This one’s going to anger some people but it could be on the horizon.
Allan Bud Selig was the ninth commissioner of MLB from 1998-2015. He is credited with guiding the league out of financial strife, and also faced the performance-enhancing drugs era.
Selig first involved himself in the major leagues when he held the largest amount of stock in his hometown Milwaukee Braves in 1963. The franchise later relocated to Atlanta, and Selig, then MLB’s Executive Council Chairman, would become owner of the Milwaukee Brewers. Selig led negotiations with the player’s union in the strike-shortened 1994 MLB season.
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One member of the Seahawks’ front office told ESPN’s Jim Trotter that he is OK with it, as long as Michael is preaching love and not hate.
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Bennett said he spoke to other players around the league about his stance but did not talk to Lynch.