Thursday, January 25, 2018

IBWAA SELECTS BARRY BONDS, ROGER CLEMENS, FOUR OTHERS IN 2018 HALL OF FAME VOTE

Los Angeles – In its ninth annual Hall of Fame election announced Wednesday, the IBWAA added six players to its digital Hall of Fame.
 
Chipper Jones was the top vote-getter, with 168 out of 170 ballots cast (98.82%). Jim Thome was the runner-up, with 154 votes (90.59%), followed by Mike Mussina (146 votes, 85.88%), Roger Clemens (133, 78.24%), Barry Bonds (130, 76.47%) and Trevor Hoffman (128, 75.29%). A 75% threshold is required for election.
 
Edgar Martinez (2016) and Vladimir Guerrero (2017) did not appear on the 2018 IBWAA Hall of Fame ballot because they have already been elected in previous years.
 
With those exceptions, the IBWAA ballot was identical to the one used by the BBWAA. All voting is done electronically.
 
Per a group decision in January, 2014, the IBWAA allows members to vote for up to 15 players, instead of the previous 10, beginning with the 2015 election. In the 2018 election, 95 members voted for 10 or more candidates. Twenty-seven members voted for 15 candidates. The average vote per member was 10.10.
 
Complete voting results are as follows:
 
Player Name
Votes
Percentage
Chipper Jones
168
98.82%
Jim Thome
154
90.59%
Mike Mussina
146
85.88%
Roger Clemens
133
78.24%
Barry Bonds
130
76.47%
Trevor Hoffman
128
75.29%
Curt Schilling
116
68.24%
Larry Walker
111
65.29%
Fred McGriff
81
47.65%
Manny Ramirez
76
44.71%
Scott Rolen
76
44.71%
Gary Sheffield
67
39.41%
Jeff Kent
61
35.88%
Andruw Jones
57
33.53%
Billy Wagner
55
32.35%
Omar Vizquel
48
28.24%
Sammy Sosa
47
27.65%
Johan Santana
36
21.18%
Hideki Matsui
8
4.71%
Jamie Moyer
6
3.53%
Chris Carpenter
4
2.35%
Carlos Lee
2
1.18%
Johnny Damon
2
1.18%
Kerry Wood
2
1.18%
Aubrey Huff
1
0.59%
Brad Lidge
1
0.59%
Jason Isringhausen
1
0.59%
Carlos Zambrano
0
0.00%
Kevin Millwood
0
0.00%
Livan Hernandez
0
0.00%
Orlando Hudson
0
0.00%
 
Ballot tabulations by Brian Wittig & Associates.
 
The IBWAA was established July 4, 2009 to organize and promote the growing online baseball media, and to serve as a digital alternative to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA). Voting for full season awards takes place in September of each year, with selections being announced in November. The IBWAA also holds a Hall of Fame election in December of each year, with results being announced the following January.
 
In 2010, the IBWAA began voting in its own relief pitcher category, establishing the Rollie Fingers American League Relief Pitcher of the Year and the Hoyt Wilhelm National League Relief Pitcher of the Year Awards.
 
Among others, IBWAA members include Tim Brown, Yahoo! Sports; Craig Calcaterra, NBC Sports Hardball Talk; Bill Chuck, Billy-Ball.com; Chris De Luca, Chicago Sun-Times; Jon Heyman and Jesse Spector, Today’s Knuckleball; Danny Knobler, Bleacher Report; Kevin Kennedy; Kostya Kennedy, Sports Illustrated; Brian Kenny, MLBN; Will Leitch, Sports on Earth; Bruce Markusen, Hardball Times; Ross Newhan; Dayn Perry and Matt Snyder, CBSSports.com; Tom Hoffarth and J.P. Hoornstra Los Angeles Daily News; Pedro Moura, Los Angeles Times; Tracy Ringolsby, MLB.com; Ken Rosenthal, The Athletic; Eno Sarris, FanGraphs; David Schoenfield, ESPN.com; Jim Bowden and Bill Arnold.
 
Association membership is open to any and all Internet baseball writers, with a $75 lifetime fee. Discounts for groups and scholarships are available. Members must be 18 years of age to apply.

For more information please visit 
www.ibwaa.com.

Contact:
 
Howard Cole
Founding Director, IBWAA
baseballsavvy@aol.com

2 comments:

  1. I am just going to say that I couldn't be prouder of the IBWAA right now for electing Bonds and Clemens.

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  2. I read an article the other day that said the IBWAA had the voting figured out more than the BBWAA anyways. Congratulations to all of you who don't sit on a hypocritical high horse looking at the world through rose colored glasses. I wish the dumbass Tom Veducci's of the world would pull their heads out of their asses and follow your lead!

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