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Here are the complete Hall of Fame voting totals


For outrage-related purposes or just for record-keeping, below are this year’s Hall of Fame voting totals.

Keep in mind that it takes 75 percent for induction–which meant 412 votes out of 549 total ballots this year–and players named on fewer than 5 percent of the ballots are now removed from consideration.

Votes 	Player 	        Percentage
534 	Randy Johnson 	97.3%
500 	Pedro Martinez 	91.1%
455 	John Smoltz 	82.9%
454 	Craig Biggio 	82.7%
384 	Mike Piazza 	69.9%
306 	Jeff Bagwell 	55.7%
302 	Tim Raines 	55.0%
215 	Curt Schilling 	39.2%
206 	Roger Clemens 	37.5%
202 	Barry Bonds 	36.8%
166 	Lee Smith 	30.2%
148 	Edgar Martinez 	27.0%
138 	Alan Trammell 	25.1%
135 	Mike Mussina 	24.6%
77 	Jeff Kent 	14.0%
71 	Fred McGriff 	12.9%
65 	Larry Walker 	11.8%
64 	Gary Sheffield 	11.7%
55 	Mark McGwire 	10.0%
50 	Don Mattingly 	9.1%
36 	Sammy Sosa 	6.6%
30 	N. Garciaparra 	5.5%
21 	Carlos Delgado 	3.8%
4 	Troy Percival 	0.7%
2 	Aaron Boone 	0.4%
2 	Tom Gordon 	0.4%
1 	Darin Erstad 	0.2%
0 	Rich Aurilia 	0.0%
0 	Tony Clark 	0.0%
0 	Jermaine Dye 	0.0%
0 	Cliff Floyd 	0.0%
0 	Brian Giles 	0.0%
0 	Eddie Guardado 	0.0%
0       Jason Schmidt   0.0%

Mike Piazza in particular seems all but guaranteed to be inducted in 2016. Don Mattingly falls off the ballot after 15 years.

Bullpen help: Tigers sign Tom Gorzelanny

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Left-hander Tom Gorzelanny has agreed to a one-year deal with the Tigers.

Gorzelanny began his career as a starter, but shifted (mostly) to the bullpen in 2012 and has a 2.88 ERA in 172 career innings as a reliever.

Gorzelanny missed the first two-and-a-half months of last season recovering from shoulder surgery, but was great upon returning to the Brewers in mid-June with a 0.86 ERA and 23/8 K/BB ratio in 21 innings.

He’s proven to be more than a left-handed specialist, so Gorzelanny could get some late-inning setup work in a Detroit bullpen that had all kinds of issues in 2014.

Jason Bere replaces Kevin Cash as Indians’ bullpen coach

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Last month Kevin Cash left his gig as the Indians’ bullpen coach to replace Joe Maddon as the Rays’ manager and now Cleveland has replaced him with Jason Bere.

In joining manager Terry Francona’s staff Bere is leaving the Indians’ front office, where he spent the past nine years as a special assistant.

He retired in 2003 following an 11-season career pitching for the White Sox, Cubs, Indians, Reds, and Brewers. Bere was runner-up for Rookie of the Year and then made the All-Star team at age 23, but finished with a 5.14 ERA in 1,111 total innings.

Red Sox sign Mitchell Boggs

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Boston has signed veteran reliever Mitchell Boggs to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Boggs was a very effective setup man for the Cardinals from 2009-2012 and even served as their closer briefly, posting a 3.33 ERA in 260 innings overall during that time. However, he was a mess for Cardinals and Rockies in 2013 and then spent all of last season pitching at Triple-A for the White Sox and Giants without much success.

Boggs is still just 31 years old, but he’ll almost surely have to put together a strong stretch at Triple-A before the Red Sox think about calling him up.

Cross the Rangers off the list of teams pursuing James Shields

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Over the weekend Ken Rosenthal of reported that free agent right-hander James Shields has a five-year, $110 million offer on the table from an undisclosed team, which has led to everyone trying to figure out who that team might be.

It won’t be the Rangers, at least not according to general manager Jon Daniels, who told T.R. Sullivan of signing Shields “is not in the cards” and “we’re not in the mix.”

Daniels has said repeatedly that he’d like to sign another veteran starting pitcher, but revealed that the Rangers have “not really” touched base with Shields and his agent since the winter meetings.