But technically, Griffey isn’t a Hall of Famer yet and won’t be until the induction ceremony this summer. I also like seeing how probable inductees do in the voting here.
Griffey may have finished fifth in total votes, though he’s the only player of the 25 to have 100 percent of his voters say he belongs in the Hall of Fame. Griffey also got the most votes saying he belongs in Cooperstown. Neither of those things affects Griffey’s ranking in this project, but they befit one of the most beloved players in baseball history.
Trevor Hoffman: Everybody loves closers, from managers to teammates to fans of clubs that have a good one. Except at Hall of Fame voting time. While most everyone agrees that Mariano Rivera will get in when it’s his turn, Hoffman only got % of the vote last year and remains kind of a mystery for election. Rivera clearly had the greater career — he’s got 652 saves, tops all-time and Hoffman is second with 601 — and is one of the great postseason pitchers of all time. Still, Hoffman may be on track — only Gil Hodges and Jack Morris ever got more than 60% of the vote and didn’t get in.
In January 2004, Major League Baseball announced a new drug policy which originally included random, offseason testing and 10-day suspensions for first-time offenders, 30-days for second-time offenders, 60-days for third-time offenders, and one year for fourth-time offenders, all without pay, in an effort to curtail performance-enhancing drug use (PED) in professional baseball. This policy strengthened baseball's pre-existing ban on controlled substances , including steroids, which has been in effect since 1991.  The policy was to be reviewed in 2008, but under pressure from the . Congress , on November 15, 2005, players and owners agreed to tougher penalties; a 50-game suspension for a first offense, a 100-game suspension for a second, and a lifetime ban for a third.