Ken Griffey Jr. becomes first No. 1 MLB draft pick elected to Hall of Fame

Since the MLB Draft began in 1965, no player picked with the No. 1 overall pick had ever been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. That changed Wednesday when Ken Griffey Jr., the top pick in 1987, was voted to https://www.rockiesedges.com/colorado-rockies/wade-davis-jersey Cooperstown.In fact, no No. 1 pick had ever come close before Griffey. Harold Baines, the first pick in 1977, was the only previous candidate ever to receive more than the five percent of the vote needed to stay on the ballot. Baines received as many as 33 votes before falling off the ballot in 2011, his fifth year.Griffey was just the 10th No. 1 pick even to appear on Carlos Gonzalez Jersey a ballot. The first, appropriately enough, was Rick Monday, the top selection in the first-ever draft in 1965. Monday received two votes in 1990 and fell off the ballot.The Kid will have company in Cooperstown soon, though. Chipper Jones, the No. 1 pick in 1990, is eligible in two years and almost certainly will be elected on the first try.MORE: 10 times Ken Griffey Jr. invaded pop culture Here’s a complete history of Hall of Fame voting for No. 1 picks:1990: Rick Monday (1965), 2 votes1991: Jeff Burroughs (1969), 1 vote1994: Bob Horner (1978), 0 votes2005: Darryl Strawberry (1980), 6 votesMORE: Cla sic images of Ken Griffey Jr. | 25 best players not in the Hall of Fame | Revisiting SN’s All-1990s team 2007: Harold Baines (1977), 29 votes2008: Baines, 28 votes; Shawon Dunston (1982), 1 vote2009: Baines, 32 votes2010: Baines, 33 votes2011: Baines, 28 votes; B.J. Surhoff (1985), 2 votes2012: Phil Nevin (1992) https://www.rockiesedges.com/colorado-rockies/greg-holland-jersey , 0 votes2015: Darin Erstad (1995), 1 vote

Since the MLB Draft began in 1965, no player picked with the No. 1 overall pick had ever been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. That changed Wednesday when Ken Griffey Jr., the top pick in 1987, was voted to https://www.rockiesedges.com/colorado-rockies/wade-davis-jersey Cooperstown.In fact, no No. 1 pick had ever come close before Griffey. Harold Baines, the first pick in 1977, was the only previous candidate ever to receive more than the five percent of the vote needed to stay on the ballot. Baines received as many as 33 votes before falling off the ballot in 2011, his fifth year.Griffey was just the 10th No. 1 pick even to appear on Carlos Gonzalez Jersey a ballot. The first, appropriately enough, was Rick Monday, the top selection in the first-ever draft in 1965. Monday received two votes in 1990 and fell off the ballot.The Kid will have company in Cooperstown soon, though. Chipper Jones, the No. 1 pick in 1990, is eligible in two years and almost certainly will be elected on the first try.MORE: 10 times Ken Griffey Jr. invaded pop culture Here’s a complete history of Hall of Fame voting for No. 1 picks:1990: Rick Monday (1965), 2 votes1991: Jeff Burroughs (1969), 1 vote1994: Bob Horner (1978), 0 votes2005: Darryl Strawberry (1980), 6 votesMORE: Cla sic images of Ken Griffey Jr. | 25 best players not in the Hall of Fame | Revisiting SN’s All-1990s team 2007: Harold Baines (1977), 29 votes2008: Baines, 28 votes; Shawon Dunston (1982), 1 vote2009: Baines, 32 votes2010: Baines, 33 votes2011: Baines, 28 votes; B.J. Surhoff (1985), 2 votes2012: Phil Nevin (1992) https://www.rockiesedges.com/colorado-rockies/greg-holland-jersey , 0 votes2015: Darin Erstad (1995), 1 vote