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Baseball Hall of Fame: How you voted

CAREER SLUGGING PERCENTAGE: MIKE PIAZZA, .542 (min. 500

CAREER SLUGGING PERCENTAGE: MIKE PIAZZA, .542
(min. 500 plate appearances)
Runner up: Darryl Strawberry, .520
Active leader: David Wright, .508


No Mets player has ever had a more powerful line-drive swing than Mike Piazza, who hit 220 homers and 193 doubles in his seven-plus seasons here. He batted .296 for the Mets and struck out far less than his closest competitor on the list, Darryl Strawberry.

(Credit: AP)

According to Newsday.com voters, only two players should be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame this year: Mike Piazza and Craig Biggio.

The results of an ongoing online vote have been tallied, and voters said "Yes" to just two of the 35 candidates on the ballot. To gain election to the Baseball Hall of Fame, a player must be named on at least 75 percent of all ballots cast by voting members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The official results will be announced on Wednesday. But we used the same 75 percent threshold for our poll:

  Yes votes Yes % No votes No %
Mike Piazza 3,434 89.5 403 10.5
Craig Biggio 2,864 78.6 778 21.4

The rest of the results were mixed. Roger Clemens did the best, by far, of all players with a significant link to performance-enhancing drug use. The Jack Morris debate didn't seem to polarize our readers as much as it does many baseball writers. Don Mattingly still has a devoted fanbase. Heck, even former Yankees reliever Mike Stanton was able to secure at least six percent of the vote.

  Yes votes Yes % No votes No %
Curt Schilling 1,296 60.2 857 39.8
Tim Raines 1,983 56.4 1,531 43.6
Jeff Bagwell 1,940 54.5 1,617 45.5
Don Mattingly 1,950 50.1 1,940 49.9
Roger Clemens 1,686 44 2,146 56
Lee Smith 1,503 43.3 1,970 56.7
Jack Morris 2,021 41.9 2,797 58.1
Edgar Martinez 1,391 39.6 2,119 60.4
Barry Bonds 1,408 35.7 2,532 64.3
Dale Murphy 1,867 32.7 3,838 67.3
Fred McGriff 1,091 31.7 2,349 68.3
Kenny Lofton 967 30.8 2,171 69.2
Mark McGwire 1,078 27.9 2,788 72.1
Sammy Sosa 570 27.2 1,524 72.8
Bernie Williams 974 26.9 2,653 73.1
David Wells 490 25.6 1,421 74.4
Alan Trammell 695 20.2 2,738 79.8
Larry Walker 672 20.1 2,667 29.9
Rafael Palmeiro 641 18.4 2,848 81.6
Julio Franco 365 11.5 2,803 88.5
Sandy Alomar Jr. 282 8.4 3,084 91.6
Reggie Sanders 178 6.2 2,686 93.8
Mike Stanton 105 6 1,651 94

During the official process, players who haven't reached at least a five percent threshold aren't included on the ballot for the following year. Here are the 10 players who failed to garner at least five percent for our vote:

  Yes votes Yes % No votes No %
Shawn Green 149 4.8 2,978 95.2
Steve Finley 141 4.5 2,977 95.5
Aaron Sele 73 4.2 1,663 95.8
Jose Mesa 86 2.9 2,836 97.1
Todd Walker 49 2.9 1,625 97.1
Jeff Conine 88 2.8 2,080 97.2
Roberto Hernandez 81 2.7 2,970 97.3
Ryan Klesko 76 2.5 2,967 97.5
Jeff Cirillo 76 2.3 3,200 97.7
Royce Clayton 62 1.9 3,155 98.1

All of this raises the very serious question: Who the heck voted for Royce Clayton?

Tags: Hall of Fame , Mike Piazza , Craig Biggio , Curt Schilling , Tim Raines , Don Mattingly , Roger Clemens , Barry Bonds , Sammy Sosa , David Wells , Mike Stanton

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