Jane Forbes Clark, chairman of the Baseball Hall of Fame, announced on Thursday, July 29, the new elected Board of Directors.
Craig Biggio, Tom Glavine and Ken Griffey Jr. have all been elected to serve as Board of Directors.
“We are thrilled to welcome Craig Biggio, Tom Glavine and Ken Griffey Jr. to the Board of Directors of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum,” Clark said in a media release. “As players, Craig, Tom and Ken were each known for their passion for the game and their leadership. Since being elected as Members of the Hall of Fame, they have all demonstrated their continuing commitment to baseball and to this institution. Their vision will help guide the Museum toward the future while it remains focused on its mission to preserve history, honor excellence and connect generations.”
In addition, Curt Schilling’s request to be removed from the 2022 Baseball Writer’s Association of America ballot was denied in a unanimous vote.
COOPERSTOWN – Instead of a full orientation, Hall of Fame inductee-to-be Ken Griffey Jr. made a whirlwind tour through Cooperstown Monday evening, but didn’t make it to the museum or plaque gallery.
He met with Hall of Fame officials at The Otesaga, and the Hall later released this quote, attributed to Griffey:
“This wasn’t my first trip to Cooperstown, but it was my first opportunity to see everything the village has to offer. I’m saving the Museum for July, because I want my first time walking through the front doors of the Hall of Fame to be with my kids. I can only imagine how it will feel to return in two months for Induction Weekend with all my family and friends, and all the baseball fans.”
COOPERSTOWN – Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza today were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, becoming members 311 and 312 of the Hall of Plaques, the Hall announced.
Griffey and Piazza will be inducted on July 24 in Cooperstown as the Class of 2016 as part of the July 22-25 Hall of Fame Weekend. The Weekend festivities will also feature the presentation of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for writers to Dan Shaughnessy and the posthumous presentation of the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence to Graham McNamee, the Hall reported
Griffey, in his first year on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot, was named on 437 of 440 ballots by voting members of the BBWAA, setting a new record with a percentage of 99.32. The previous mark of 98.84 percent was set by Tom Seaver in 1992.
Piazza, in his fourth year on the BBWAA ballot, was named on 365 ballots – or 83.0 percent of all ballots cast.
COOPERSTOWN – Ken Griffey Jr., 13-time All-Star, 10-time Gold Glove Award winner and 1997 American League Most Valuable Player, is among 15 first-time candidates on the Baseball Writers Association of America 2016 ballot released a few minutes ago.
Seven-time All-Star closer and owner of 601 saves Trevor Hoffman and eight-time Gold Glove Award-winner Jim Edmonds are among the other newcomers.
Rounding out the list of first-time candidates area Garret Anderson, Brad Ausmus, Luis Castillo, David Eckstein, Troy Glaus, Mark Grudzielanek, Mike Hampton, Jason Kendall, Mike Lowell, Mike Sweeney, Billy Wagner and Randy Winn.