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Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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There will be two new arrivals in the Hall of Fame this summer, as Ken Griffey Jr and Mike Piazza were elected in today's voting.

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Ken Griffey cruised to victory, as expected, being named on 437 of the 440 ballots submitted. Over his 22 years in the majors, he batted .284 with 630 home-runs, the latter good enough for sixth on the all-time list. He was a 13-time  All-Star and won the American League MVP award in 1997, with four other finishes in the top five. Mike Piazza got in at his fourth attempt, having received 69.9% of the vote last season. His career lasted 16 years, with a career batting average of .308 and 427 home-runs. He won Rookie of the Year in 1993, and was selected as an All-Star 12 times, finishing runner-up in the NL MVP voting twice, in 1996 and 1997.

Here are full details of the voting.

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The BBWAA did change their academy this year, weeding out a significant number of inactive voters. The overall results, in terms of who was elected, didn't appear to be impacted much, but I do note a spike in numbers for both Barry Bonds and Roger Clements, from around 37% last year. Perhaps they might make it in, after all? Discuss...