Mark Bradley

Mark Bradley is a sports columnist and blogger for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Chipper’s Hall of Fame vote percentage could be historic. But what of Andruw?

If we go by Ryan Thibodaux’s invaluable Hall of Fame tracker, Chipper Jones will be elected with the highest percentage of the vote ever afforded an Atlanta Brave – and the fifth-highest of any player ever. As we speak, Chipper been named on 98.3 percent of the votes made public. (Mine among them.) 

Here’s your asterisk: Only 56.1 of the votes have been made public. Chipper’s final number could and surely will change a bit. Probably not by much, though. 

As we await the official announcement, which will come a bit after 6 p.m. on MLB TV, here – per Baseball-Reference -- are the top 26 percentages in HOF annals

1. Ken Griffey Jr., 99.32 

2. Tom Seaver, 98.84 

3. Nolan Ryan, 98.79 

4. Cal Ripken Jr., 98.53 

5. Ty Cobb, 98.23 

6. George Brett, 98.19 

7. Hank Aaron, 97.83 

8. Tony Gwynn, 97.61 

9. Randy Johnson, 97.27 

10. Greg Maddux, 97.20 

11. Mike Schmidt, 96.52 

12. Johnny Bench, 96.42 

13. Steve Carlton, 95.82 

14. Babe Ruth, 95.13 

15. Honus Wagner, 95.13 

16. Rickey Henderson, 94.81 

17. Willie Mays, 94.68 

18. Carl Yastrzemski, 94.63 

19. Bob Feller, 93.75 

20. Reggie Jackson, 93.62 

21. Ted Williams, 93.38 

22. Stan Musial, 93.24 

23. Roberto Clemente, 92.69 

24. Jim Palmer, 92.57 

25. Brooks Robinson, 91.98 

26. Tom Glavine, 91.94 

Here’s where I say, as I’m wont to do: Think about that. If early exit polls hold, Chipper could go into the Hall with the third-highest percentage of the vote for any position player – ahead of Cobb, Aaron and even the Babe – and the highest percentage for any third baseman.

Chipper has been named on 234 of the 238 ballots tabulated by Thibodaux. I find it hard to believe that anyone could cast a vote without putting an “x” by C. Jones’ name, but I also believe a voter is free to do as he/she pleases. I didn’t vote for Vladimir Guerrero, numbering me among one of the 12 exceptions. Nor did I vote for Trevor Hoffman, who’s on pace to draw the needed 75 percent. 

Of interest to me, and perhaps not only to me: Andruw Jones, for whom I did vote, is at 5.5 percent. He needs to finish with 5 percent to remain on the ballot. By Thibodaux’s calculations, he needs nine more votes for that to happen. As noted last month, I believe A. Jones is one who would benefit from more years of Hall consideration.

With Chipper, there need be no further consideration. He’s in. Guess he must have been a pretty good ballplayer, huh?

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Mark Bradley is a sports columnist and blogger for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has been with the AJC since 1984.