Cliff Floyd Not Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

Cliff Floyd was not elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

Floyd earned 0 votes, therefore 0.0 percent of the votes. To get in the Hall of Fame, a candidate must appear on 75 percent of the 571 ballots from the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).

He fell 429 votes shy.

Tony Clark‘s percentage was also equal to John Blutarsky’s grade point average.

Other former Mets to fall short included Carlos Delgado, Gary Sheffield, Jeff Kent, and Mike Piazza. Hard to believe that Delgado, whose career slugging percentage of .546 was fourth-highest among all players on the ballot, received only 21 votes, and therefore — along with Floyd and Clark — removed from future ballots. I didn’t think Delgado would be voted a “Hall of Famer,” but I did think he’d get enough votes to qualify for next year’s ballot. Oh well. Piazza, Kent, and Sheffield are all still eligible to appear on the next ballot.

Meanwhile, former Met Pedro Martinez DID get elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Apparently those “Vote for Pedro” T-shirts were a good idea. Or maybe it was this dance supporting his candidacy that sealed it:

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  1. Bat January 6, 2015 at 6:33 pm
    I actually laughed aloud when I read:

    Floyd earned 0 votes, therefore 0.0 percent of the votes. To get in the Hall of Fame, a candidate must appear on 75 percent of the 571 ballots from the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).

    He fell 235 votes shy.

    That’s some funny stuff.

    I think the reason that not many people voted for Delgado is because (1) he overlaps with the steroid era and his stats pale in comparison to (for example) McGwire, Palmeiro, Bagwell, and maybe a couple other 1B, and (2) the maximum number of guys that a voter can vote in favor of is 10, and there are many, many qualified guys right now. With respect to (2), if voters think there is no way that a guy will get elected they aren’t likely to burn a vote on him (unless there is a small minority of voters that seem to vote for guys as something of a ceremonial “he was a good player and should get at least a handful of votes” type of thing).

    Like I said in another post, I think at a minimum Schilling, Mussina, Trammell, Bagwell, Piazza, Edgar Martinez, and Lou Whitaker should be in the HoF.

    • Joe Janish January 7, 2015 at 9:53 pm
      Glad someone laughed — that was the entire point of the post. Every once in a while I like to keep it light. Thanks for the feedback.
  2. argonbunnies January 7, 2015 at 11:29 pm
    I laughed too.

    I didn’t get the “235” joke, though. Where did that number come from?

    I have weird memories of Delgado:

    When he came to the Mets, I heard about how, in Toronto, he didn’t stand for the U.S. anthem to protest missile testing in Puerto Rico, and I heard about how, as a free agent, he objected to Bernazard trying to court him with street lingo. And so I was happy to be getting a guy with integrity and principles. And all the other Mets always said the same thing about him: “Total pro.”

    But then, once he lost his love for Willie Randolph, he basically dogged it in the field until Willie was fired, which was inexcusable to me. And as an interviewee, he was hypersensitive, often coming off as angry and paranoid and insecure.

    As a hitter, he had a double toe-tap that threw off his timing and made him an automatic out for about 18 months, but before and after that problem, he was an absolute force at the plate, racking up more truly crushed HRs than any Met in recent memory.

    So, my recollections are a big ol’ mixed bag.

    Pedro, on the other hand, was an absolute joy to have in the orange in blue. He provided a clinic in pitching until he got hurt*, and was the best interview I’ve ever seen.

    *His final 2006 stats are ugly, but before falling in the dugout while fixing his wardrobe against the Marlins, he held opponents to a .167/.234/.312 line with a 10.6 K rate.

    • Joe Janish January 8, 2015 at 1:52 pm
      The “235” is what happens when Joe does math after a glass of wine. It has since been corrected, thank you.

      My recollection of Delgado is similar, and was similarly chronicled through the years here at MetsToday.

      One more thing in my memory is that he came up through the Toronto system as a CATCHER (of course I’d remember that). Can you imagine? It’s hard, I know.

      • argonbunnies January 8, 2015 at 7:19 pm
        I can totally imagine Delgado stalking out to the pitcher’s mound with a pissed off look on his face to chew out some rookie. But crouching down and sliding around in the dirt to block wild pitches? Not so much.
  3. Seymour January 8, 2015 at 5:21 am
    Delgado’s offensive stats don’t pale in comparison to Palmeiro’s, in fact he was the better offensive player. Palmeiro obviously has much better longevity.

    It’s pretty clear that the reason he received so few votes was because no one wants to vote for a slugger who played in the ‘PED era’.

  4. Bat January 9, 2015 at 3:08 pm
    I had thought Delgado was better than he actually was on the Mets. Meaning: I looked at his fWAR and I see that he wasn’t that great when he played for the Mets.

    One guy who is even better than I thought he was is Olerud. The guy has similar fWAR numbers to Keith Hernandez. Both are Hall of Very Good inductees.

    • norme January 9, 2015 at 6:17 pm
      John Olerud and Edgardo Alfonso—two teammates who gave the Mets some great years. THey won’t go to the HoF but Bat is correct—The Hall of Very Good indeed!
    • Dan B January 11, 2015 at 3:38 am
      Speaking of HOF, did you read that former Met groundskeeper Pete Flynn was finally elected into the Groundkeeper’s Hall of Fame (according to I guess the voters ignored rumors of Mr. Flynn using steroids. Congrats.
  5. DanS January 10, 2015 at 12:10 am
    Fonzie—loved the guy—an interesting “two-year” career and then his body fell apart. Maybe it was just a little “overdeveloped…”