The big day has finally come for catcher Mike Piazza and outfielder Ken Griffey Jr., as both former MLB greats are set to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this afternoon.
Though the weekend’s main event is taking place today, it has been a weekend full of festivities in Cooperstown, NY. Yesterday, Graham McNamee was honored posthumously with the Ford C. Frick Award for his contribution to baseball broadcasting during the first half of the 20th century, and well-known Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaunghnessy was the recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, which is the highest award given by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Also occurring yesterday was the Parade of Legends, where baseball fans had the opportunity to see over 50 Hall of Famers, as they made their way down Main Street to a private reception at the Hall of Fame Museum.
However, Hall of Fame Weekend’s main event is taking place today, as Ken Griffey Jr., who hit 630 homeruns throughout his 21-year career, and Mike Piazza, who hit 427 homeruns and had a career average over .300, will be given their own bronze plaques in the Hall of Fame Museum.
Ken Griffey Jr., who received a record 99 percent of the vote is joining the Hall of Fame during his first year of eligibility, however, it hasn’t been such a smooth ride for Piazza. For the past four years, the longtime Met and Dodger had been on the ballot, however he did not receive enough votes until this year, when he received 83 percent of the vote.
The induction ceremony is set to take place outside of the Clark Sports Center at 1:30 p.m. For those not in the Cooperstown area (probably most people), tune into the MLB Network to catch all of the action.
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