Former Brewers Nomo, Gagne fall off Hall of Fame ballot

Harry How

Both received votes, but did not clear the 5% threshold to return for 2015.

By now you've likely heard that the MLB Hall of Fame vote was announced today and three players were elected: Longtime Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and White Sox first baseman Frank Thomas. Among those falling just short of the 75% of votes required for induction were former Astros second baseman Craig Biggio (74.8%), Mets and Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza (62.2%) and longtime Tigers pitcher Jack Morris (61.5%). This was Morris' 15th year on the ballot, so he's no longer eligible for induction by the BBWAA.

All told 21 players received at least 5% of the vote, meaning 20 of them (all but Morris) will appear on the ballot again next season. That list does not, however, include any of the four former Brewers on the ballot.

Hideo Nomo came the closest, as he was named on six ballots (1.1% of the vote). Nomo was a pioneer for Japanese pitchers in the United States, the 1995 NL Rookie of the Year and a 1999 Brewer.

Eric Gagne also received minor consideration, appearing on two ballots for .4% of the vote. Gagne holds the MLB record for consecutive saves recorded, was a three-time All Star and the 2003 NL Cy Young Award winner. He wrapped up his MLB career as a Brewer in 2008.

The other two Brewers on the ballot, 2008 second baseman Ray Durham and 2000-03 first baseman Richie Sexson, were shut out. Durham had 2054 hits and two All Star appearances across 12 MLB seasons while Sexson had 306 career home runs, including Brewer franchise record-tying 45 homer seasons in 2001 and 2003.

Potential former Brewers on the 2015 Hall of Fame ballot include Gary Sheffield, Mark Loretta and David Weathers.

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