Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, it was announced Wednesday night.
Jorge Posada, who was in his first year of eligibility, fell off the ballot by failing to receive at least five percent of the vote.
Former Yankees RHP Mike Mussina, in his fourth year on the ballot, missed out on election, receiving 51.8 percent of the vote, an increase over the 43 percent he received last year.
Posada, who retired after the 2011 season, hit .273 with a .374 OBP and .474 SLG with 275 HR and 1,065 RBI during his 17-year career -- all of which came with the Yankees.
Mussina, who retired after the 2008 season, had a 3.88 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with 1,278 strikeouts in 1,553 innings (248 starts) with the Yankees from 2001 to 2008. He pitched for the Orioles from 1991 to 2000, posting a 3.53 ERA and 1.17 WHIP.
The 2017 Hall of Fame class will be inducted on July 30 in Cooperstown, New York.
Now that we have pre-announcement polling as the ballots are revealed by writers, it was not surprising to learn that neither Mussina nor Posada gained entry to the Hall of Fame.
I outlined Posada's case back in November and argued that while he was a very good player, he was not worthy of being elected to the Hall of Fame. That said, I did not see him dropping off the ballot.
Personally, I believe Mussina is a Hall-of-Fame-caliber pitcher, one who compares quite favorably to others already elected.
The good news for Mussina is that he is tracking in the right direction. With six years left on the ballot, I feel it is safe to suggest that Mussina should crack the 75 percent barrier before his eligibility ceases -- possibly within the next few years.