It’s the call that all sports greats wait for their entire careers. Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza received their’s yesterday, as the two 90s greats were elected into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday. While there wasn’t much drama in Griffey’s induction, as you can tell by his face upon receiving the call to Cooperstown, he was taken aback when he was told that he received the highest percentage of votes in history with an astounding 99%. Junior Griffey was 3 ballots away from being the first-ever unanimous vote into the Hall of Fame.
Piazza, however, was a little different. Piazza was the subject of steroid rumors for a portion of his career, rumors that have since gone unfounded and something that Griffey Jr. never had to deal with throughout his career. Nevertheless, Piazza got in with a healthy 83.0 percent of the vote. Although he spent much of his All-Star years as a Los Angeles Dodger, Piazza firmly declared he’d want to be inducted as a New York Met, or with a blank cap.
What the world really want to know, is if Griffey Jr. will be inducted with his trademark backwards cap. While ESPN’s Jim Bowden reported that there is a possibility that it could happen, one shouldn’t count on it given how anal baseball historians are about tradition and all that jazz. As reported above, Griffey’s 99% total vote percentage is the highest in Hall of Fame history, topping Tom Seaver’s 98.84 percent.
The Major League Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place the week of July 22 through the 25th in Cooperstown, New York.
Jeff Idleson,President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame left open the possibility of Ken Griffey Jr. hat being on backwards on plaque
— Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) January 7, 2016
very cool. not happening (I asked Ken) but very cool https://t.co/7FxvPa68GE
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) January 7, 2016
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