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2018 SnakePit Hall of Fame elect Chipper Jones, Ivan Rodriguez and Edgar Martinez

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But Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman missed out, and will get into Cooperstown before here.

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SnakePit Hall of Fame Inductees

  • 2015 - Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez
  • 2016 - Ken Griffey Jr.
  • 2017 - Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Vladimir Guerrero, Mike Piazza, Curt Schilling, John Smoltz
  • 2018 - Chipper Jones, Ivan Rodriguez, Edgar Martinez

The results

There were 41 ballots cast, one more than last year - in a spirit of inclusiveness, I did not apply the “SnakePit members only rule” to this year’s ballot, as there did not seem to be any particular need (in the shape of ballot-box stuffing, Russian hacking, etc!]. This means that candidates needed to be listed on at least 31 ballots in order to reach the 75% cut-off for induction. Every candidate received at least one vote - yes, even Livan! The final tallies were:

  1. Chipper Jones - 38 votes
  2. Ivan Rodriguez - 34
  3. Edgar Martinez - 32
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  4. Trevor Hoffman - 30
  5. Jim Thome - 28
  6. Mike Mussina - 25
  7. Barry Bonds - 22
  8. Roger Clemens - 21
  9. Larry Walker - 19
  10. Fred McGriff - 16
  11. Omar Vizquel - 14
  12. Scott Rolen - 13
  13. Gary Sheffield - 13
  14. Billy Wagner - 12
  15. Manny Ramirez - 11
  16. Andruw Jones - 10
  17. Sammy Sosa - 8
  18. Jeff Kent - 7
  19. Jamie Moyer - 6
  20. Johnny Damon - 4
  21. Hideki Matsui - 4
  22. Johan Santana - 4
  23. Kerry Wood - 4
  24. Chris Carpenter - 3
  25. Carlos Zambrano - 3
  26. Livan Hernandez - 1
  27. Orlando Hudson - 1
  28. Aubrey Huff - 1
  29. Jason Isringhausen - 1
  30. Carlos Lee - 1
  31. Brad Lidge - 1
  32. Kevin Millwood - 1

We are still waiting for our first unanimous selection. Jones passed the 90% threshold to reach 92.7% of votes, comparable with the 92.9% of last year’s “raw” i.e. unfiltered votes obtained by last year’s leader, John Smoltz. Ivan Rodriguez, having made it into Cooperstown but not the SPHOF in 2017, saw his numbers surge, leaping from a raw 67.5% to a solid 82.9%, to make it in. And Edgar Martinez completed the trio of this year’s inductees, His 78.0% was better than the 70.4% he received from the BBWAA in his ninth year of eligibility there, and was also close to double the 40% he get in the 2017 SPHOF election.

On the other hand. we see that Hoffman and Thome were less favored by SnakePit voters. Trevor Hoffman got 79.9% of BBWAA votes, but fell one X short of making it here, ending with 73.2% That was a slight improvement from the 70% he received in 2017, just not quite enough. But it appears the SnakePit REALLY does not like the designated hitter. Jim Thome cruised into Cooperstown with an 89.8% share, but could muster only 69.3% of SPHOF approval in his first go-around. Among the rest? Mussina, Bonds and Clemens all tallied in the 55-60% range last year, and were little changed, all tallying in the 51-61% range this time. Omar Vizquel (34.1%) was the next highest first-time candidate.

Thanks to all who took the time to vote. You can explain yourself and/or complain about the results in the comments! We’re repeat this exercise next January. with first-time candidates including some interesting names, such as Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Todd Helton and Andy Pettitte.