As you doubtless have heard, the Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2016 will be announced this evening at 5:00 pm. While one dynamic center fielder who made his bones on the west coast before finishing his career in the NL Central is pushing to become the first man to be voted unanimously into Cooperstown, there's another who deserves more attention than he's getting, even if he spent much more time killing the Brewers than he did helping them.
Ryan Thibodaux (@NotMrTibbs) has been doing the lord's work, compiling the votes for every ballot that has been made public in the weeks leading up to tonight's announcement. With approximately 43% of the ballots known, Jim Edmonds has garnered just six votes. That means that Edmonds is appearing on just 3.1% of the ballots, and he'll need a major bump from those who keep their ballots private -- either until after the results are revealed or permanently -- to avoid falling off the ballot in his first year. There may yet be some hope however: last year, Nomar Garciaparra was on only 2% of known ballots prior to the announcement of the 2015 class, only to see his name appear on over 10% of private ballots and survive to see another year.
Edmonds, a five time All-Star and eight time Gold Glove winner, began his career in 1993 with the California Angels. In seven season with the Angels he socked 121 home runs, hit .290/.359/.498, and murdered dreams: