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One additional player gets his vote and joins the three holdovers.
Don’t let this election fool you. The flow of players into the Hall of Fame is accelerating.
Here are the number of players annually elected by the baseball writers to the Hall of Fame in my first six years voting 30 years ago: 1, 1, 1, 0, 1, 1. Voting was so tough that 324-game winner Don Sutton waited five years to get in.
Here are the number of players elected in the same manner in the past six years: 4, 4, 2, 0, 1, 1.