Los Angeles – In its 2013 Hall of Fame election the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA) selected Mike Piazza, with 79.10% of the vote. While no other player managed the required 75% threshold, Craig Biggio was closest with 64.18%.

Roger Clemens finished in third place, with 52.24%.  Jeff Bagwell and Barry Bonds tied for fourth at 50.75%.

The IBWAA selected Bert Blyleven in 2010 and Roberto Alomar in 2011. No player tallied 75% in 2012. Though he was elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) in 2012, Barry Larkin remains on the IBWAA ballot.

Beginning with this election, the IBWAA added voting for “special consideration” candidates, those normally associated with the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Veterans and Era Committees. This year’s candidates were Buzzie Bavasi, Gil Hodges, Tom Kelly, Marvin Miller, Danny Murtaugh and Vada Pinson. 

Complete 2013 voting results are as follows:

Mike Piazza

79.10%

Craig Biggio

64.18%

Roger Clemens

52.24%

Jeff Bagwell

50.75%

Barry Bonds

50.75%

Tim Raines

49.25%

Marvin Miller

47.76%

Barry Larkin

46.27%

Gil Hodges

40.30%

Jack Morris

38.81%

Edgar Martinez

37.31%

Lee Smith

35.82%

Alan Trammell

29.85%

Curt Schilling

28.36%

Dale Murphy

25.37%

Mark McGwire

23.88%

Buzzie Bavasi

19.40%

Fred McGriff

13.43%

Larry Walker

13.43%

Don Mattingly

8.96%

Sammy Sosa

8.96%

Danny Murtaugh

7.46%

Rafael Palmeiro

7.46%

Bernie Williams

4.48%

Vada Pinson

4.48%

Kenny Lofton

2.99%

Steve Finley

1.49%

Shawn Green

1.49%

Jeff Cirillo

0.00%

Royce Clayton

0.00%

Jeff Conine

0.00%

Julio Franco

0.00%

Roberto Hernandez

0.00%

Ryan Klesko

0.00%

Mike Lieberthal

0.00%

Jose Mesa

0.00%

Damian Miller

0.00%

Reggie Sanders

0.00%

Aaron Sele

0.00%

Mike Stanton

0.00%

Jose Valentin

0.00%

Todd Walker

0.00%

David Wells

0.00%

Rondell White

0.00%

Bob Wickman

0.00%

Woody Williams

0.00%

Tom Kelly

0.00%

Among others, IBWAA members include Barry Bloom, Chris Haft and Jim Thomas, MLB.com; Thomas Bonk, Tim Brown, Yahoo! Sports; Jim Caple, Mark A. Simon and David Schoenfield, ESPN.com; Fred Claire, former General Manager, Los Angeles Dodgers; Jonah Keri, Grantland; Joe McDonnell, FoxSportsWest.com; Tom Hoffarth, J.P. Hoornstra and Jill Painter, Los Angeles Daily News; Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times; and prominent baseball authors Paul Dickson, Peter Golenbock, Josh Pahigian, John Rosengren and Dan Schlossberg.

The IBWAA was established July 4, 2009 by Howard Cole, of ColeOnLA.com, to organize and promote the growing online baseball media, and to serve as a digital alternative to the BBWAA.

Association membership is open to any and all Internet baseball writers, with a yearly fee of $10, or $20 lifetime. Discounts for groups and scholarships are available.

Contact Howard Cole, info@ibwaa.com.

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