IBWAA Elects Mike Piazza into Hall of Fame

In 2009, thirteen-year veteran blogger Howard Cole had an idea. His idea was to change with the times and incorporate the World Wide Web into the seemingly stagnate process of determining professional baseballs’ greatest awards and honors – a process that has, for the past 77 years, relied solely on a group of veteran print journalists to determine who wins and who looses and who’s in and who’s out. (Note the word incorporate, not replace).

Please don’t get me wrong, I have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for print journalists and I am in awe by their many years of education (and dedication) in a field where a mere handful actually land jobs with some of the largest print newspapers and magazines in this great land of free speech. But the truth of the matter is that many members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) who are entrusted annually with voting for the very highest of baseball awards and the ultimate highest of honors, the National Baseball Hall of Fame, no longer even cover baseball. Sure, they probably once did and probably did so exceptionally well, but once a BBWAA member has ten years in the brotherhood (so-to-speak), they are grandfathered in for life in the annual Hall of Fame voting – even if their current field of expertise is… say… real estate or botany (yes, I’m being facetious).

Howard Cole took what was the obvious, logical, timely and progressive next step when he created the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA) and gave each of its members a full vote for the exact same awards and honors bestowed upon members of the BBWAA. And though the IBWAA membership numbers currently pale in comparison to those of the BBWAA, they are growing annually (and significantly), just as the world of social media itself is growing annually (and significantly). Additionally, there are quite a number of well respected and noteworthy members in the IBWAA, including print journalists, bloggers and other social media notables.

In this the fourth year of Hall of Fame voting by the IBWAA, and using the exact same voting criteria used by the BBWAA, the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America have selected former Dodgers and Mets great (and first ballot candidate) Mike Piazza into the IBWAA Hall of Fame with an impressive 79.10% of the total vote; this in a year with an abundance of candidates who are either known or suspected to have used steroids during their careers.

2013 IBWAA Hall of Fame inductee Mike Piazza.(Photo credit - Jonathan Daniel)

2013 IBWAA Hall of Fame inductee Mike Piazza.
(Photo credit – Jonathan Daniel)

Finishing second in the IBWAA Hall of Fame voting but falling just short of the requisite 75% was former Houston Astros second baseman Craig Biggio, who garnered 64.18% of the vote. Finishing third and mired in controversy for his steroid use was former seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens with 52.24% of the vote.

The BBWAA Hall of Fame voting results will be announced on Wednesday morning at 11 AM (PT) on the MLB Network and there is some speculation and rumor that none of the 37 eligible candidates will garner the necessary 75% of the votes, thus limiting the Class of 2013 to the three Veterans Committee inductees - umpire Hank O’Day, former Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert and 19th-century catcher/third baseman Deacon White, all of whom have been dead for 74 years or longer. The last time such a Hall of Fame shut out occurred was in 1996 when the top vote getter was former knuckleballer Phil Niekro with 68.3% of the vote. (Niekro made it in 1997 with 80.3% of the vote).

Ironically, ThinkBlueLA.com’s 2013 ‘Peoples Choice Hall of Fame’ voting results, which were announced last week, also selected Piazza into their Hall of Fame with 74% of the vote, along with Biggio. Granted, the voting criteria used in the ‘Peoples Choice’ voting was significantly different than that used by the IBWAA and the BBWAA, but the top two mirrored that of the IBWAA voting, this in spite of the relatively small sample size. This certainly suggests that members of the IBWAA and followers of ThinkBlueLA are well informed when it comes to the game and to Hall of Fame voting.

Here are the complete results of the 2013 IBWAA Hall of Fame voting:

IBWAA HOF Voting Results

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9 Responses to “IBWAA Elects Mike Piazza into Hall of Fame”

  1. MFGRREP says:

    I would agree the Pizza man deserves to get in this year, but it should be as a Dodger and not a Met seeing that the Dodgers took him as a favor to Tommy and made him the player he became.

  2. KSparkuhl says:

    With all due respect; what is the IBWAA, and why should we care? It’s not as if they have any real say in who actually gets voted in. Is this the “Fantasy Baseball Hall of Fame?”

  3. KSparkuhl says:

    BTW… the first part of my question was rhetorical. The second part, “why should we care?” was not.

    • Ron Cervenka says:

      Actually, I believe that at some point in time, the IBWAA (or something similar to it) will someday replace the BBWAA, which is so grossly obsolete. Granted, this may not happen in my lifetime, but eventually it will. With the tremendous advances in technology and social media, there is no way that it won’t eventually happen.

      On Evan’s recommendation, I went ahead and signed Harold and myself up for the IBWAA. I did so when I learned that there are some pretty well known sports writers already involved with it – including several from ESPN, Fox and Yahoo Sports to name only a few. It definitely has credibility.

      Does it mean anything in the real world right now? Absolutely not. Will it someday? I believe that it will. And if it does, it’s kind of neat to have gotten in on it on the ground floor.

      I will continue to support the IBWAA at every given opportunity.

      • KSparkuhl says:

        Posted the same time you did…

        I realize there are some credible writers there. If it pans out one day… that would be great. For now, it seems like they’re hoping in vain for a voice to be heard. And we all know how that goes in the “ol’ boys club” in Cooperstown.

        The fact that Dale Murphy isn’t even on their radar screen is pitiful.

  4. KSparkuhl says:

    Man, did that sound like I need a nap or what? Sorry for the snarky attitude. I guess my point is; why should we care who the IBWAA votes into their “Hall of Fame” when it isn’t really the Baseball HOF? I’m just not getting it… it sounds like “Fantasy Baseball” to me.

    …again, sorry to have come off harsh. Goodnight for now…

  5. echavez2 says:

    I sure would be very happy if Piazza gets elected to the HOF. I know he will enter as a Met but I would be very proud of him.

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