Trevor Hoffman narrowly missed out on being the 4th player elected into the 2017 class of the Hall of Fame. He finished with 74.0% of the baseball writer votes. He needed only 5 more votes to become immortal. Being this close you’d think that he’d have to make it next year, if everything goes according to plan.
I, for one, place all the blame at the feet of the baseball writers that didn’t vote for him. I know that’s a pretty hot take but I think they deserve it. I’m sorry to lose my temper like this but it had to be said.
Trevor for his part was much more dignified when broaching the subject. In a series of unthreaded tweets he congratulated those that did get the call.
I first want to send a very heartfelt congratulations to Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines & Ivan Rodriguez. All three men exemplify what it means...— Trevor Hoffman (@THoffman51) January 19, 2017
Then he addressed his own candidacy.
To be a Hall of Famer in our game. For me, falling short of this class is disappointing, but I don't take being on the ballot lightly...— Trevor Hoffman (@THoffman51) January 19, 2017
I'm grateful for every vote and I'm truly humbled to have come so close...— Trevor Hoffman (@THoffman51) January 19, 2017
I hope to one day soon share a Hall of Fame celebration with my family, friends, teammates and all of San Diego.— Trevor Hoffman (@THoffman51) January 19, 2017
I really tried not to get my hopes up and I imagine that Trevor was in the same position. If he doesn’t get in next year, we get pitchforks and torches and we march on Cooperstown.