Seattle Mariners rumors have Edgar Martinez missing the cut to make the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014. These Seattle Mariners rumors stem from a site counting ballots that have been publicly revealed this year. According to the report from Tuesday (Jan. 7), it looks like Martinez will only receive around 25 percent of the vote. Players need 75 percent of the voting body to place them on a ballot in order to get inducted into Cooperstown.
These early numbers are based on slightly more than a quarter of the ballots being counted, with the official announcement not coming from Major League Baseball until Wednesday (Jan. 7). If these numbers do hold up, though, it means that four players will make up the 2014 Hall of Fame class. Those players would be pitcher Greg Maddux, pitcher Tom Glavine, first baseman Frank Thomas, and second baseman Craig Biggio.
Some of the other players that might come close but miss the cut are catcher Mike Piazza, first baseman Jeff Bagwell, pitcher Jack Morris, and outfielder Tim Raines. it certainly doesn't look like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, or Sammy Sosa will get even close to being inducted with this class.
With a really full ballot, it looked like this would be a tough year for Edgar Martinez to finally get enough support for induction. Still, these Seattle Mariners rumors will be tough on fans that have stood behind him for many years. One problem again this year is that some voters are lumping him in with every hitter that played during the "steroid era" of baseball. One voter (Ken Gurnick) only voted for one player on his entire ballot; going with only Jack Morris this year.
Next year Martinez will appear on the ballot again, provided he ends up receiving at least five percent of the vote to remain eligible.
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