Strike Zone podcast: Breaking down 2016 Hall of Fame voting results
The newest members of the Hall of Fame has been chosen, with Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza making up the incoming Class of 2016 for Cooperstown. But as the baseball world celebrates the election of two of the game's greatest players, what does the future hold for those on the ballot who came up short?
On this week's edition of The Strike Zone podcast, SI.com baseball writer and Hall of Fame expert Jay Jaffe joins Ted Keith and Stephen Cannella to talk about the voting results for this year's election. Among the topics of discussion: Griffey's record-breaking vote total of 99.3%, how Piazza's election affects other players further down the ballot, whether opinions are changing on steroid-connected players like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, whether Tim Raines will make the leap to election in his 10th and final year on the ballot in 2017, why Fred McGriff's candidacy has remained stuck in neutral, and what changes Jay, Ted and Steve would make to both the Hall and to the voting process. Finally, Jay gives his thoughts on which players on the 2016 ballot will ultimately end up with a bronze plaque.