For the first time since 1996 (and only the second since 1971), a total of zero players were voted into baseball’s hall of fame. Among them were 7 former Toronto Blue Jays players. The 2013 ballot featured 37 candidates, with 13 returnees and 24 newcomers.
Woody Williams, Royce Clayton, Shawn Green, David Wells, Fred McGriff, Roger Clemens and Jack Morris did not receive enough votes to be granted baseball immortality.
Jack Morris ranked highest among former Jays, receiving 67.7% of votes. An inductee needs 75% to enter the hall. Morris was second overall to Craig Biggio, who was named on 68.2% of the ballots.
The next highest Blue Jay was well back, named on only 37.6% of the votes was Roger Clemens.
Players have just 15 years on ballot to make the hall as long as they receive 5% of votes. Morris’ last chance to make the hall will come in 2014. Woody Williams, Royce Clayton, Shawn Green and David Wells will not be on the ballot next year as they did not receive the required 5%.
|Player (Years on ballot)||Total Votes||Percentage|
|Jack Morris (14)||385||67.7|
|Roger Clemens (1)||214||37.6|
|Fred McGriff (4)||118||20.7|
|David Wells (1)||5||0.9|
|Shawn Green (1)||2||0.4|
|Royce Clayton (1)||0||0|
|Woody Williams (1)||0||0|
Toronto has two alumni that are expected to be among the first-timers on the 2014 ballot; Frank Thomas and Jeff Kent
There will still be an induction ceremony
Tom Cheek will receive the Ford C. Frick Award for “major contributions to baseball” posthumously on July 27 during a ceremony at Doubleday Field. Cheek called the first 4,306 regular season games and 41 postseason games in Blue Jays history. His wife Shirley will accept the award.