Mike Piazza is on track for the Hall of Fame in 2016, results announced Wednesday night
The results of the 2016 Hall of Fame election will be announced on Wednesday evening at 6 PM ET on MLB Network, with live coverage beginning at 3 PM ET.
And for Mike Piazza, it could be a day long remembered.
According to Ryan Thibodaux, who tracks and counts Baseball Hall of Fame ballots, Piazza has received 150 of 174 votes to receive entry into the Hall of Fame, a total of 86.2 percent.
Candidates need at least 75 percent of the vote to gain entry into the Hall of Fame.
Piazza has failed in each of his first three attempts for Hall of Fame induction. He first appeared on the ballot in 2013 when he received 57.8 percent of the vote. His marks have improved each year since, as he received 62.2 percent of the vote in 2014 and 69.9 percent of the vote in 2015.
Piazza was elected to the Mets Hall of Fame on the final day of the 2013 season. A 62nd-round pick in the 1988 first-year player draft, Piazza was an All-Star 12 times and hit 396 home runs as a catcher, the most in Major League history. He was a lifetime .308/.377/.545 hitter with a total of 427 home runs, 344 doubles and 1335 RBI in 1912 games from 1992-2007 with the Dodgers, Marlins, Mets, Athletics and Padres.
He is easily the best and most prolific hitter the Mets have ever had, not to mention the greatest hitting catcher in baseball history.
He said in the memoir he wrote a few years ago he would like to go into the Hall of Fame as a Met. If that happens, he would become only the second player enshrined in the Hall of Fame in a Mets cap.
The other is Tom Seaver, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992.
So if Piazza is indeed elected, the next question could very well be how the Mets might honor him in 2016. Such an honor should include retiring his number, something which is long overdue. But that will be up to the team’s committee which is responsible for such decisions.
But an election into the Hall of Fame should make such a decision academic.
There are approximately 450-475 ballots for this year’s Hall of Fame election, so the numbers made public is obviously only a fraction of the electorate. So Piazza will very likely finish a lot closer to the 75 percent threshold than he is at now, but still appears likely to be among the Class of 2016.
If elected, Piazza would become only the ninth catcher voted into the Hall of Fame. The last catcher to be elected was Gary Carter in 2003. Piazza would become the 17th catcher enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame is comprised of 310 elected members, including 215 former major league players, 28 executives, 35 Negro Leaguers, 22 managers and 10 umpires. The BBWAA has elected only 119 candidates to the Hall while the veterans committees have chosen 165 deserving candidates (96 major leaguers, 28 executives, 22 managers, 10 umpires and nine Negro Leaguers). The former “Committee on Negro Baseball Leagues” selected nine men between 1971-77 and the Special Committee on Negro Leagues in 2006 elected 17 Negro Leaguers.
There are currently 68 living Hall of Fame members.
The induction ceremony will take place on Sunday, July 24 at 1:30 PM ET in Cooperstown, New York.