Wood, Zambrano off HOF ballot; Sosa drops

January 24th, 2018

CHICAGO -- Kerry Wood and had great seasons with the Cubs, but the two pitchers did not garner enough votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America to remain on the Hall of Fame ballot.
Sammy Sosa, who was on the ballot for the sixth time, received 33 votes (7.8 percent), a slight drop from the 8.6 percent he received last year.
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The Hall of Fame announced Wednesday that four players were elected into Cooperstown: Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman.
Wood, on the ballot for the first time with Zambrano, received two votes from BBWAA members. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Wood's stellar May 6, 1998, start at Wrigley Field, when he fanned a Major League-record 20 batters and gave up one hit in a 2-0 win over the Astros. Wood was named the National League Rookie of the Year that season.
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Now involved in the Wood Family Foundation, the former pitcher told the Chicago Tribune earlier this month that if he got one BBWAA vote, he'd have a big party.
"I'm going to call the guy who voted for me, whoever voted for me, and apologize," said Wood, 40. "If they voted for me, they're probably losing their credential."
Zambrano, now 36, was one of six players who did not receive a single vote from the BBWAA. He pitched for the Cubs from 2001-2011, and spent one season with the Marlins in '12 before retiring. He finished 132-91 with a 3.66 ERA in 354 games (302 starts), which included a no-hitter on Sept. 14, 2008, against the Astros at Miller Park in a game relocated because of hurricane damage in Houston.
Sosa, 49, played for the White Sox, Cubs, Orioles and Rangers, hitting 609 home runs in 18 seasons. He posted three seasons with at least 60 home runs, and won the NL Most Valuable Player Award in 1998, when he belted 66 homers and drove in a league-leading 158 runs.
In Sosa's first year on the ballot in 2013, he received 12.5 percent of the vote, and his support had dipped to 7.2 percent in '14, 6.6 percent in '15, 7 percent in 2016 and 8.6 percent last year.
Players need to appear on 75 percent of the ballots cast to earn election into the Hall.