The Draysbay Hall of Fame voting results are in. Somewhat surprisingly, we only have one player elected into the Hall of Fame.
The DRB community has elected Jeff Bagwell for the second year in a row. No other player appeared on at least 75% of the ballots that were submitted. Bagwell appeared on a total of 90 ballots, just over 80%.
Bagwell played his fifteen-year major league career for the Houston Astros, recognizable by his unique batting stance. Over that time, Bagwell was the 1991 NL Rookie of the Year, the 1994 NL Most Valuable Player, and he also accumulated a total of three Silver Sluggers and one Gold Glove award. He slashed .297/.408/.540 with 449 HRs.
We received 113 submissions (including one empty ballot), up from last year’s total of 87 when Ken Griffey Jr, Mike Piazza, and Jeff Bagwell were all enshrined.
Ivan Rodriguez made a late push, but fell just shy with 72.3% while Barry Bonds was the only other player among the 34 candidates to surpass the 70% mark. Tim Raines and Edgar Martinez had strong showings early on, but eventually fell off the pace coming in a 63.4% and 66.1% respectively.
Other players to surpass the 50% threshold were Trevor Hoffman, Roger Clemens, Vladimir Guerrero, and former Ray, Fred McGriff.
Mike Cameron, J.D. Drew, Magglio Ordonez, Derrek Lee, Tim Wakefield, Edgar Renteria, Melvin Mora, Carlos Guillen, Casey Blake, Jason Varitek, Orlando Cabrera, Pat Burrell, Feddy Sanchez, Arthur Rhodes, and Matt Stairs all received less than 4% of the votes so they will be eliminated from the ballot in future voting.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to cast a ballot and congrats to Jeff Bagwell on his second Draysbay Hall of Fame enshrinement.