HOF update: #Cubs Sosa, Smith
Sammy Sosa was again denied a chance to get into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and for the fourth straight year, his vote totals dropped.
Sosa, 47, received 31 votes, or 7 percent, from the Baseball Writers Association of America on Wednesday, well below the numbers needed for induction into Cooperstown. However, Sosa did get enough votes to remain on the ballot for another year.
In 2013, Sosa received 71 votes, or 12.5 percent, and those numbers dropped in 2014 when he got 41 votes, or 7.2 percent. Last year, he received 6.6 percent (36 votes). A candidate must receive 75 percent of the vote from BBWAA members to gain election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and at least 5 percent to stay on the ballot.
Lee Smith, who saved 478 games over 18 seasons in the big leagues, including eight years with the Cubs from 1980-87, also will stay on the ballot. He received 150 votes (34.1 percent). Last year, Smith received 166 votes (30.2 percent), which was a slight increase from 2014 when the right-hander got 171 votes (29.9 percent).
The BBWAA did elect two players into the Hall on Wednesday: Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza.