By Ryan Divish
Ken Griffey Jr. is headed to a place for which his talent and achievement always made him seem destined, a place he was too superstitious to set foot in as a player — the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
On Wednesday, the Hall of Fame announced its 2016 class. As expected, Griffey headed the class of two players who received votes on at least the required 75 percent of the ballots submitted by voters from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Joining Griffey in Cooperstown for the July 24 induction will be slugging catcher Mike Piazza, who narrowly missed being voted in last year. Griffey’s former Mariners teammate, Edgar Martinez, did not receive enough votes for election.
“It’s one of those things where I can’t control it,” Griffey said of being voted in. “I can control how I play, how I do things, but I can’t control what other people do for you. The waiting game was tough. To get the call is unbelievable.”
In typical Griffey fashion, he made history in the voting process. His name was on 437 of the 440 votes. The 99.3 vote percentage is the highest in Hall of Fame history, surpassing the 98.84 percent set by pitcher Tom Seaver in 1992.
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