Should Mike Piazza have gotten the call from Cooperstown?

In results that were announced on Tuesday, Mike Piazza failed to gain entry to the Hall of Fame, while Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, and Craig Biggio were all elected.

Piazza received 69.9 percent of the vote this year, a huge increase over the 62.2 percent he received in 2014.

Cutting through the percentages, Piazza fell 28 votes shy of election.

In 2013, Piazza's first year on the ballot, he received 57.8 percent of the vote.

Piazza, viewed by most as the greatest-hitting catcher of all-time, hit .308/.377/.545 with 427 home runs and 1,335 RBI during his 16-year career. Piazza's 396 home runs as a catcher are the most ever.

Public ballots collected by Baseball Think Factory and Ryan Thibs showed that Piazza was at close to 76 percent at the time the full results were announced, but the hundreds of private ballots that were added in tipped the scales negatively.

In 2016, Ken Griffey, Jr. and Trevor Hoffman are among the names that will join Piazza on a much less crowded ballot.

Thoughts:

The results were crushing for most Mets fans, even though we could see writing on the wall. While 2016 will likely be the year Piazza finally makes it to Cooperstown, that doesn't make this sting any less.

Additionally, Piazza not getting in this year (or the two years prior) should pain anyone who cares about the sport of baseball, not just those who followed Piazza as a Dodger and/or a Met.

Piazza's case has been written about in this space many times and there's no need to rehash it here. The man should've been in three years ago, and the fact that he has to continue to wait is a disgrace.

As is noted above, Piazza was 28 votes shy of election this year. Off the top of my head, I can think of 15 or so voters who embarrassed themselves while leaving Piazza off their ballots – either by accusing him of using steroids without any evidence to back it up or filling out 10-player ballots that included players like Lee Smith while omitting Piazza.

On the positive side, the fact that Piazza made a nearly 8 percent jump on an insanely crowded ballot this year is a sign he'll jump the extra 5.1% on 2016's much less crowded ballot and get in.

Next year's likely Hall of Fame class is Piazza and Ken Griffey, Jr. It would be three years later than it should've been, but Piazza going in with Griffey, Jr. – one of the best pure hitters ever – will be fitting consolation for being forced to wait.

Should he have gotten the call from Cooperstown this time around? Sound off in the comments section.

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