- Buster Olney, Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
The headlines Tuesday will be about those players who have been elected to the Hall of Fame. Presumably, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez will gain easy election, and perhaps they will be joined by Craig Biggio, who came within two votes last year, and John Smoltz.
But as with all elections, some of the most interesting information beyond the results will be found in the exit polling, the specific numbers generated from the voting. That data will provide insight into the collective mindset of the voting body. Here's what to look for:
1. Will Randy Johnson and/or Pedro Martinez surpass the record voting percentage of Tom Seaver (98.8)?
Johnson is arguably the greatest left-handed pitcher in history, and among starting pitchers, Martinez ranks No. 1 all time in adjusted ERA+, a statistic that helps to compare players relative to their generations and ballparks.
325dJeff Idelson, Special to Insider