Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Internet writers say Piazza is Hall-worthy
By Mark Simon
Mike Piazza may not be inducted into Cooperstown on Wednesday, but one group of baseball media decided he was Hall-worthy.
A group known as the Internet Baseball Writers of America (IBWAA -- of which this writer is a member) conducted its own vote among its membership and Piazza was the only player to receive at least 75 percent of the vote.
Piazza got 79.1 percent of the vote from a 67-voter panel whose members include ESPN.com’s Jim Caple and David Schoenfield, as well as national baseball writers Barry Bloom (MLB.com), Tim Brown (Yahoo!) and prominent authors Peter Golenbock and Paul Dickson.
Craig Biggio got the next-highest percentage of the vote (64.2 percent).
The IBWAA ballot also allowed voters to pick among “special consideration” candidates and via that, former Mets manager Gil Hodges received 40 percent of the vote.
In four years of balloting, the IBWAA has granted 75 percent of the vote to Bert Blyleven, Roberto Alomar, and Piazza.
The results for the National Baseball Hall of Fame voting will be announced Wednesday at 2 ET.
A website that has tracked Hall of Fame writers’ votes throughout the process has had Piazza receiving between 55 and 60 percent among the votes it has collected.