While Chipper Jones received an overwhelming majority of votes to gain entrance into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, not everyone was so enamored of the beloved ex-Atlanta Brave to vote for him.
At least four members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) did not vote for Jones, who was the leading vote-getter in this year’s hall of fame class.
While the official BBWAA public ballot won’t be released until Feb. 7, a spreadsheet put together by Ryan Thibodaux shows four voters who didn’t cast ballots for Jones:
- David Ginsburg, a Baltimore AP sports writer
- Bill Livingston of the Cleveland Plain Dealer
- Jose de Jesus Ortiz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
- Mark Purdy, retired sports columnist for the Mercury News in San Jose, CA
There were 422 ballots, including one blank, submitted by eligible members of the BBWAA, writers with 10 or more consecutive years of service. Jones was the leading vote getter with 410, which accounted for 97.2 percent of the vote, which ranks 11th all-time in plurality. Players need to appear on 75 percent of ballots cast to earn election to the Hall.
Chipper Jones through the years
6 Mar 1997: Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves during the Braves 5-2 loss to the New York Mets at Port St. Lucie, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport
27 Feb 1998: Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves signs autographs for the fans during a Spring Training game against the Kansas City Royals at the Disney Wide World of Sports Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The Royals defeated the Braves 3-2. Mandatory
28 Oct 1995: Third baseman Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves speaks with newsperson after winning game six of the World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The Braves won the game 1 - 0. Mandatory Credit:
16 Jul 1995: Third baseman Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves in action during a game against the San Diego Padres. The Padres won the game 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport
ATLANTA, UNITED STATES: As Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones (R) shows him the ball, third base umpire John Hirshbeck (L) calls Kenny Lofton of the Cleveland Indians safe as Lofton steals third base in the first inning of game one of the World Series in Atlanta, Georgia 21 October. Lofton was initially called out on the play but was then called safe. He then scored Cleveland's first run. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read CHRIS WILKINS/AFP/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 17: Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones(R) sprays champange on a teammate after winning the National League Championship series 17 October at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The Braves won the game 15-0 to win the series. The Braves will take on the New York Yankees in the World Series starting 19 October. (Photo credit should read BRIAN BAHR/AFP/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 5: Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones leaps for a hit by Chicago Cub Rey Sanchez during their game 05 June in Atlanta, Georgia. The Braves led the game 7-5 in the seventh enning. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read DOUG COLLIER/AFP/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 24: Atlanta Brave Chipper Jones misses shot hit by Montreaal Expo Sean Berry in the eigth inning of the game 24 September in Atlanta, Ga. The Braves won in the tenth inning 5-4. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read DOUG COLLIER/AFP/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 7: Members of the National and American League All-Star teams, from left, Chipper Jones, Ken Griffey Jr., Kevin Brown and Ivan Rodriguez talk during practice for the Major League Baseball All-Star game 07 July at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, OH. The All-Star game will be played 08 July. (Photo credit should read KIMBERLY BARTH/AFP/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 23: Cincinnati Reds' Pokey Reese (R)s tagged out while trying to steal in the third inning by Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones during their game at Turner Field in Atlanta, GA 23 August. The Braves won the game 10 to 3. (Photo credit should read STEVEN R. SCHAEFER/AFP/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 26: Houston Astros Russ Johnson (L) is tagged out by Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones after Johnson tried to make it to third base on a Brad Ausmus second inning single during their game at Turner Field in Atlanta, GA, 26 August. (Photo credit should read STEVEN R. SCHAEFER/AFP/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 18: Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones just misses catching a fourth inning line drive off the bat of Florida Marlins player Todd Zeile during their game at Turner Field in Atlanta, GA 18 June. The Marlins beat the Braves 3-2. (Photo credit should read STEVEN SCHAEFER/AFP/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - AUGUST 30: Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves fields a throw during their game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on August 30, 1996 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Braves 3-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Jones' name was on 97.2 percent of the ballots. Only six Hall of Famers have been included on at least 98 percent of the ballots, according to MLB.com writer Mark Bowman. The all-time record is Ken Griffey Jr., who was named on 99.3 percent of the ballots back in 2016.
Purdy got into an often-amusing social media exchange when he said that Vladimir Guerrero, who made the final cut this year, was a better overall hitter than Jones:
For his part, Ginsburg told the Glenn Clark radio show that, while Jones had a great career, he would hve been more supportive of Jones in his second year of eligibility, not the first.
Livingston said he "probably should not have voted at all" this year because of the "lack of clarity on the steroid era. I had said last year I that wouldn’t vote anymore but I felt strongly about Omar Vizquel and Thome.
"Chipper certainty belongs," he said.
Besides Jones and Guerrero, other candidates making the Hall of Fame were Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman. Edgar Martinez just missed the cut with 70.4 percent of the votes.
His former teammates, pitchers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz, have all been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens once again missed the mark needed to make the Hall of Fame, but did see their names on more ballots. Bonds was on 56.4 percent of the votes while Clemens' name was on 57.3 percent.
The 2018 class induction ceremony will happen on July 29 in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Jones continued to tweet out his thanks to the Hall of Fame on Thursday: