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
- 2019 - Mariano Rivera, Trevor Hoffman, Jim Thome
- 2020 - Derek Jeter, Roy Halladay
49 users took the time to cast ballots, a similar number to last year’s poll when we received 54 votes. It was all fairly clear cut: Jeter was the year’s obvious candidate and was listed on all but three ballots. Those holdouts, who clearly hate children, small animals and life itself, should send me a check for $500, or their names and IP address will be posted over on our siblings’ site at Pinstripe Alley. :) Halladay improved his number significantly, going up from 66.7% to pass the threshold with 81.6% of the votes.
However, the SnakePit remained unconvinced of Larry Walker’s credentials, perhaps due to the Coors effect. While he finished third, he received only 63.3%, so fell well short of the three-quarter requirement, and now drops off the ballot. He joins Tim Raines (2017) and Mike Mussina (2019) as players who have been voted into Cooperstown, but remain on the outside of the Hall of Fame at SnakePit Towers. Raines will also drop off the ballot for next year; Mussina has three more cracks at SnakePit immortality.
Generally, while most results have ended up being the same - albeit perhaps not in the same year - voters here have been a bit tougher. In contrast to the three men mentioned above who are still awaiting induction here, only Curt Schilling (2017) was voted in by the SnakePit in 2017, while missing out on Cooperstown. However, with Curt climbing from 61% to 70% in the BBWAA poll, he may well get in there next year - if he can avoid shooting himself in the foot with his mouth. Er, if you see what I mean.
However, the SnakePit electorate were considerably more generous at the bottom end of the poll, with everyone bar Brian Roberts - yes, even Heath Bell - being mentioned on at least one ballot. That’s in contrast to the BBWAA results where, despite a lot more votes, eleven people failed to be mentioned at all. This may be related to a higher overall number of selections here, with no 10-player limit. Indeed, the average number of selections per SnakePit voter was 9.6, a full three players more than the average BBWAA voter.
Below are the full results, with columns for the number of votes, SnakePit and BBWAA percentages, and the difference between the two. You can see the people who did better here were Todd Helton, Andruw Jones and Andy Pettite. On the other hand, Omar Vizquel, Walker and Roger Clemens underperformed their BBWAA figure by the largest amounts.
Thanks to all who voted, and we’ll see you again next winter, for the class of 2021. That includes few if any obvious first-ballot names, but does have a number of former D-backs, such as Dan Haren, Adam LaRoche and Jason Marquis.