Hall Of Fame Debate: Assessing Mike Mussina’s Vote Tally From His First Ballot
Well, as we all know by now, Mike Mussina did not get anywhere close to gaining entry into the Hall of Fame Class of 2014 when the votes were announced a few weeks back.
Actually, he did far worse than what I expected. Of a total of 571 votes cast, Mussina secured just 116 good for 20.3% of the total, and well below the needed 75% to gain election.
So, what happens now? Where does the voting for Mike Mussina go from here?
Does he follow the path of Jack Morris and hang around for a long time picking up votes year after year but never gaining access? Or does, he slowly start to lose votes as new possible inductees take more votes from him, a la Fred McGriff?
Me – I think he will stick around for a while – but never get over the 55-60% mark. There are a few pitchers on the ballot right now that I think are just as worthy, or possibly more, as Mussina. And with the guys coming up on future ballots, I think he will be stuck in the shadows for a few more years before he may get a bigger bump from the voters.
What do you think happens?