Should Ken Griffey Jr. have received 100 percent of the Hall of Fame vote?
In his first year of eligibility, Ken Griffey Jr. received a record 99.3 percent of the Hall of Fame vote, appearing on 437 of 440 ballots submitted by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. But, for whatever reason, three voters prevented “The Kid” from being the first unanimous selection in Hall of Fame history. Aside from a stellar career that included the 1997 AL MVP, 10 straight Gold Gloves in centerfield and 630 home runs, Griffey Jr. represented all that was fun about baseball.
Always smiling with his cap turned backwards, “Junior” was the No. 1 overall pick in 1987 and broke into the big leagues at 19, playing on the same Mariners team as his dad, Ken Griffey Sr. “The Natural” then took over the game with his oft-imitated lefty swing and highlight-reel diving catches. Don’t forget his video game and Nike endorsements, iconic Upper Deck rookie card and absence of steroid speculation. Ken Griffey Jr. absolutely deserved 100 percent of the Hall of Fame vote.