Today at 3 PM PST on MLB Network, the 2017 Hall of Fame baseball class will be announced. According to the most updated vote totals over at Ryan Thibodaux’s vote tracker, it looks like the class will probably be Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Iván Rodríguez. Vlad Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman both hover close behind, at about 72%; there’s a good chance Vlad, at least, took somewhat of a leap forward once all the ballots were tabulated. For the Edgar faithful, we are hoping he ends up somewhere in the 60s, which is pretty amazing considering just a month ago I would have been happy if he ended up in the mid-50s. He’s currently right around 66%. As Ryan Divish writes, this year Edgar will be tuning in to see the vote announced:
“This time I will,” he said. “In the past, I knew I didn’t have any chance. And even this year, it’s only a slim chance that it will happen. But it looks like there might be a good increase from last year. I’m interested to see how much it will increase.”
Edgar has made more strides forward than any other candidate this year, thanks in part to vocal support from people like Jay Jaffe and Brian Kenny, along with a strong push from the Mariners’ PR department. It may not be this year, but it’s looking more and more like it will be a reality at some point.
Ex-Mariners Mike Cameron and Arthur Rhodes also appeared on the ballot this year; both of them will almost certainly fall off, as the Tracker shows that neither has captured a single vote. Mike Cameron did voice his support for Edgar on Twitter:
Love you forever, Cammy.
MLB Network is going to be vamping on this announcement for the next three hours or so, so feel free to drop into the open thread here and leave your thoughts on the HOF one last time before we turn the page onto actual baseball.