The individual ballots weren’t subject to quite the same public excoriation as those of our BBWAA brethren and these results hold no sway over the gates of Cooperstown, but the IBWAA Hall of Fame voting is a fun exercise nonetheless. I think it may also serve a bellwether of sorts when it comes to how the “actual” baseball writers’ vote will trend in the near future. As attrition and addition continue to change the makeup of that voting body, we may see more progressive views take hold.
Or maybe we won’t, who knows. Anyway, the results of the IBWAA vote are below, preceded by the press release that explains a little bit about the process and why you don’t see a couple other names in the headline.
Mike Mussina came up one vote short, finishing in third place with 74.88%, followed by Trevor Hoffman (73.91%), Barry Bonds (73.43%) and Roger Clemens (71.50%). There are 470 members in the IBWAA; 208 voted in this election.
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 2017 election, 92 members voted for 10 or more candidates. Seventeen members voted for 15 candidates. The average vote per member was 8.94.
Complete voting results are as follows: