2015 Baseball Hall of Fame: A look at the ballot

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Sep 29, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets former catcher

Mike Piazza

acknowledges the fans during his induction into the Mets Hall of Fame prior to the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Piazza

Mike Piazza returns to the Hall of Fame ballot in 2015 for the third year in a row. The best-hitting catcher the game has ever known, he missed out on a golden ticket to the hall last year with a 62.2 percent of the vote.  With 427 career home runs, a record 396 as a catcher, a .308 BA and 1,335 RBI, Piazza is a 12-time All Star that has unfortunately often been overshadowed by the era in which he played.

Previous denial for entrance into the Hall can be blamed on the Steroid Era and the constant assumption that Piazza took part in PED use. There is no evidence of him doing so but baseball writers are hesitant to allow entrance to players of the era. His vote count climbed 4.4 percent from 2013 to 2014, meaning it may not be long until he reaches the needed 75 percent. Whether that will be this year or not is uncertain.