But technically, Griffey isn’t a Hall of Famer yet and won’t be until the induction ceremony this summer. I also like seeing how probable inductees do in the voting here.
Griffey may have finished fifth in total votes, though he’s the only player of the 25 to have 100 percent of his voters say he belongs in the Hall of Fame. Griffey also got the most votes saying he belongs in Cooperstown. Neither of those things affects Griffey’s ranking in this project, but they befit one of the most beloved players in baseball history.
As time passes, more essays will pile up on the cases of the omitted, and the PED factor will fade further into footnote status. PEDs themselves might well become an accepted part of the game as future versions provide only benefits and little to no risk. It's likely that years down the line, we'll welcome those we have shunned. And we'll have to consider those marginalized -- we suspect -- because they chose not to use. The voting membership itself will continue to evolve. But baseball's Hall of Fame -- a museum, as well as a hall of fame -- will again serve its core function, which is to honor and commemorate the best performers in baseball history. All of baseball history.