Griffey elected to Hall with highest percentage

Posted at 6:27 PM, Jan 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-06 18:27:27-05

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.

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.

Former Tigers great Alan Trammell missed the cut on his final year of eligibility. He only received 40.9 percent of the vote.

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.

The full percentages are below. Players need 75 percent of the vote for election.

Ken Griffey Jr. - 99.3%
Mike Piazza - 83%
Jeff Bagwell - 71.6%
Tim Raines - 69.8%
Trevor Hoffman - 67.3%
Curt Schilling - 52.3%
Roger Clemens - 45.2%
Barry Bonds - 44.3%
Edgar Martinez - 43.4%
Mike Mussina - 43.0%
Alan Trammell - 40.9%
Lee Smith - 34.1%
Fred McGriff - 20.9%
Jeff Kent - 16.6%
Larry Walker - 15.5%
Mark McGwire - 12.3%
Gary Sheffield - 11.6%
Billy Wagner - 10.5%
Sammy Sosa - 7.0%