But Seattle’s Edgar Martinez actually lost votes in this, his 5th year of eligibility. His vote total was actually predicted by many to drop this year with the crowded ballot.
Edgar received 144 votes or 25.2% of the vote. That’s down from 204 votes (35.9%) last year, 209 (36.5%) in 2012, 191 (32.9%) in 2011 and 195 (36.2%) in 2010. Again, Edgar was expected to lose votes this year, but it’s kind of hard to swallow a 60 vote drop.
The ballot gets even more crowded in 2015 with Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz among those on next year’s ballot. Edgar may have to wait until 2016 (the year Ken Griffey Jr becomes eligible) to climb back up towards the magical 75% mark needed for induction.