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Jan 16, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Baseball hall of fame member and former Chicago Cubs pitcher Ferguson Jenkins (L) smiles while sitting in the audience prior to a ceremony honoring the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs in the East Room at the White House. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

2017 Hall of Fame Announcements

The 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees will be announced on Wednesday evening. It’s taken about six weeks of intense arguing, discussion, and evaluation, but now we get to see whose predictions came true.  Induction is not as easy as some may think. Actually, there are a set of rules that ensure each candidate is given a fair chance to be inducted.

Rules for Induction

In 2014, the Baseball Writers Association of America made some changes to the induction rules. Previously, candidates on the ballots could be considered for induction for up to 15 years. Changes to the rules now leaves candidates with a maximum of ten years on the ballot.

There are nine rules the BBWAA follows when selecting and inducting candidates. The process consists of authorization, electors, eligible candidates, method of election, voting, automatic elections, time of elections, certification of election results, and amendments. In order to become elected, candidates must earn a ballot cast of 330 and higher.

Last year’s inductees consisted of only two members; Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza. Jeff Bagwell finished the next closes with 315, but other greats like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Tim Raines fell short. This year’s announcements will be very interesting.

Here are some comparisons to last year’s ballots.

2017 Inductee Candidates

Tim Raines and Jeff Bagwell are the two front runners currently in these final hours. Both candidates are over 85 percent each. In third, Ivan Rodriguez has tallied up 75 percent, but he could be in danger of falling under the 75 percent threshold according to Thibodaux’s collection pollVladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman are next in line with votes in between the 70-75 percent marker. No other candidate has over 65 percent of votes.

Trevor Hoffman deserves to be inducted according to Jerry Crasnick because of the value he brought to his team.

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