Griffey elected to Hall with highest percentage, Piazza in - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Griffey elected to Hall with highest percentage, Piazza in

Posted: Updated:
Ken Griffey Jr. (AP Photo) Ken Griffey Jr. (AP Photo)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Ken Griffey Jr. has been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame with the highest voting percentage ever, and Mike Piazza also is headed to Cooperstown.

Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines fell short in results announced Wednesday.

A star slugger of the Steroids Era never tainted by accusations of drug use, Griffey was on 437 of 440 votes in his first appearance on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot. His 99.3 percentage topped Tom Seaver's 98.84 in 1992.

"The Cincinnati Reds organization and our entire city congratulate Ken on his election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Over a wonderful career that began right here at Moeller High School, Junior built his legacy while playing for the Mariners and continued that remarkable career in Cincinnati and then with the Chicago White Sox," Reds president Robert H. Castellini said.

"It is such a well-deserved honor, for a young boy who hung around the locker room to become one of the most exciting players I ever saw," Reds great Johnny Bench added.

Piazza, on the ballot for the fourth time, received 365 votes.

A player needs 75 percent to gain election. Bagwell missed by 15 votes and Raines by 23 in totals announced Wednesday.

After about 100 writers who no longer are active lost their votes under new rules, there were significant increases for a pair of stars accused of steroids use. Roger Clemens rose to 45 percent and Barry Bonds to 44 percent, both up from about 37 percent last year.

Copyright 2016 WDRB News. All rights reserved.

  • Sign Up for WDRB's Sports Newsletter

    * denotes required fields

    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WDRB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.