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"I first want to send a very heartfelt congratulations to Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines & Ivan Rodriguez," Hoffman said on Twitter. "All three men exemplify what it means to be a Hall of Famer in our game. For me, falling short of this class is disappointing, but I don't take being on the ballot lightly. I'm grateful for every vote and I'm truly humbled to have come so close."
Another former Brewer, Gary Sheffield, received 59 votes (13.3 percent) in his third year on the ballot. Mike Cameron, who played for the Brewers in 2008-09, and Matt Stairs (2002) did not receive any votes and fell off the ballot.
Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez did garner the votes necessary and will be honored at a July 30 ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y., alongside former Brewers owner and Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and former Braves executive John Schuerholz, each of whom were elected to the Hall of Fame in December by the Today's Game Era committee.
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For player balloting, there were 442 ballots, including two blanks, submitted by qualified senior members of the BBWAA, writers with 10 or more consecutive years of service. Hoffman tied pitcher Bert Blyleven in 2010 in missing election by the sixth slimmest margin. Pie Traynor in 1947, Nellie Fox in 1985 and Craig Biggio in 2014 share the record of the slimmest margin with two votes apiece. Falling four votes shy were Billy Williams in 1986 and Jim Bunning in 1988.
The good news for Hoffman is that all of those players eventually found their way to Cooperstown. Traynor, Biggio, Williams and Blyleven were each elected the following year. Fox and Bunning were subsequently elected by veterans committees.
Both Hoffman and Sheffield enjoyed an uptick from last year's results, when Hoffman received 67.3 percent of the vote, and Sheffield 11.6 percent.
Only five former Brewers players are in the Hall of Fame: Hank Aaron, Rollie Fingers, Paul Molitor, Don Sutton and Robin Yount. Hoffman still has a chance to become the sixth; he has eight more years of ballot eligibility.