A week away from the Hall of Fame announcement, 42.5% of the ballots have been revealed publicly. Over 75%
The top three were all expected to go in and it sure looks like they're all safe. Mussina picked up 17 votes from writers who didn't vote for him last year. I don't know if he'll actually clear the final 75% hurdle to go in for 2019, but it's going to be very close and he'll be in either this year or next. Within 10%
Schilling has seen as similar uptick in votes to Mussina, I think a lot of the writers who refused to vote for him because of his inflammatory remarks in the past few years, particularly his comment about lynching reporters. Seems that many of them felt that the initial boycott was sufficient and he looks like another one bound for Cooperstown by 2021. Clemens got one additional vote than Bonds, which is puzzling as arguments as they're so often tied together. Regardless, neither will go in this year. They'll see a sizable drop as the more traditional voters tend to not reveal their ballots early. If they are voted in I don't think it will be until their final year of eligibility in 2022. Nobody has gained more votes than Larry Walker. I don't see him getting all the way up to 75% but I think there's a clear late push to get him in for 2020 which will be his last year on the ballot. Next Closest
McGriff - 35.8%
Vizquel - 35.8%
Huuuuuuuuge drop between the second and third tier. McGriff should've gotten way more support than he has. The next "Today's Game" Veterans Committee vote will be in 2021 and I feel like McGriff is a shoo-in to go in then. Color me impressed that the voters haven't gone gaga over Vizquel, he'll never drop below 5% to drop off the ballot but he's not going in anytime soon.