2017 Hall of Fame Election
The results of the 2017 Hall of Fame Election were announced on January 18, 2017. Three players were elected after receiving over 75% of the vote from members of the Baseball Writers Association of America: Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez. Before, that the results of the vote of the Veterans Committee were made public on December 4, 2016, with John Schuerholz and Bud Selig gaining admittance. All the successful candidates will be inducted at a ceremony to be held in Cooperstown, NY on July 30, 2017.
Eligible members of the Baseball Writers Association of America voted on a ballot comprising holdover candidates from the 2016 Hall of Fame Election and players who played their last major league game in 2011. The composition of the ballot, comprising 34 names, was announced on November 21, 2016. Three players gained election: Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, who was in his 10th and final year of eligibility, and Ivan Rodriguez, who became of first-ballot Hall of Famer. Rodriguez cleared the 75% threshold by four votes, while two other players fell just shy: Trevor Hoffman fell 5 votes short, and Vladimir Guerrero missed by 15 votes in his first appearance on the ballot. Both are expected to be voted in in short order and were victim of a particularly strong ballot, as many writers expressed their frustration with only being able to list ten names, as there were more players than that who were obviously qualified to have a plaque in Cooperstown.
The two players most tainted by accusations of steroid use, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, both continued their steady progression and passed the 50% mark for the first time. Also passing the mark was Edgar Martinez, who with two years remaining was hoping to benefit from a push similar to the one that resulted in Raines's election, and Mike Mussina, another player making a slow but steady climb in the rankings. In contrast, Curt Schilling, who had spent the year making intemperate statements, saw his support drop significantly.
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The Veterans Committee, consisting of 16 members, voted on players and officials from the "Today's Game" era (from 1988 to today). The ballot consisted of ten candidates: Harold Baines, Albert Belle, Will Clark, Orel Hershiser, Davey Johnson, Mark McGwire, Lou Piniella, John Schuerholz, Bud Selig and George Steinbrenner. Baines, Belle, Clark, Hershiser and McGwire are being considered as players; Johnson and Piniella as managers; and Schuerholz, Selig and Steinbrenner as executives. Schuerholz was chosen by all 16 voters and Selig by 15 of 16 as both gained election.
Claire Smith, one of the first women to extensively cover a major league baseball beat, became the first woman winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award awarded for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. Bill King, former broadcaster for the Oakland Athletics, was the posthumous recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasters.
- Barry M. Bloom: "Vlad, Manny, Pudge debut on Hall of Fame ballot: Bagwell, Raines, Hoffman among top holdover candidates for election", mlb.com, November 21, 2016. 
- Barry M. Bloom: "Selig, Schuerholz elected to Hall of Fame", mlb.com, December 4, 2016. 
- Barry M. Bloom: "Smith first woman to win Spink Award: Trailblazer to be honored during Hall of Fame induction weekend in Cooperstown", mlb.com, December 6, 2016. 
- Barry M. Bloom: "A bigger vote? Hall class size may drop jaws", mlb.com, January 12, 2017. 
- Matt Kelly: "Amazing facts about Today's Game HOF candidates: Five players have second chance at Cooperstown on Sunday", mlb.com, December 2, 2016. 
- Barry M. Bloom: "Coop, 3 it is! Bagwell, Raines, Pudge elected to HOF: Astros slugger makes it on 7th try, leadoff man enters in final year, backstop in 1st year", mlbcom, January 18, 2017. 
- Bob Nightengale: "'Truly honored' Bud Selig gets Hall of Fame call, along with John Schuerholz", USA Today Sports, December 5, 2016. 
- Bob Nightengale: "Ivan Rodriguez, Tim Raines and Jeff Bagwell prove Hall of Fame does forgive", USA Today Sports, January 18, 2017. 
- Jorge L. Ortiz: "Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Baseball Hall of Fame", USA Today Sports, January 18, 2017.