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Billy Wagner, top-of-the-line and most dependable relievers of his period, fell a number of share factors wanting the Baseball Corridor of Fame on Tuesday as Joe Mauer, Adrian Beltre and Todd Helton had been elected.

Wagner obtained 73.8% of the vote. Gamers want 75% of the vote to be elected to the Corridor of Fame. In response to CBS Sports activities, Wagner was 5 votes shy of reaching the edge.

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Billy Wagner, #15 of the New York Mets, stands within the dugout earlier than the 79th MLB All-Star Sport on the Yankee Stadium within the Bronx, New York, on July 15, 2008. (Wealthy Pilling/MLB through Getty Photos)

Mauer and Beltre acquired into the Corridor of Fame of their first yr on the poll. Helton was in his sixth. Wagner was in his ninth yr on the poll, which implies he solely has one yr left to make it to Cooperstown through voting from the Baseball Writers Affiliation of America.

Wagner informed MLB.com it was “tremendous disappointing” he missed out this time round.

“You possibly can’t disguise it. It’s irritating, however however, I thank God I had a possibility to be on that poll, and I’m actually joyful for the fellows that did get in,” he stated. “They deserve it.”

The baseball world was additionally upset that Wagner didn’t make the Corridor of Fame this time round.

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Houston Astros’ Billy Wagner pumps his fist as he celebrates his thirty ninth save of the season whereas serving to the Astros defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in St. Louis. (COTT ROVAK/AFP through Getty Photos)

Former MLB pitcher C.J. Nitkowski was one among them. He wrote on X, “The pitcher with essentially the most ever strikeouts by a left-handed reliever and fourth most all-time missed the Corridor of Fame by 5 votes in his ninth strive. Brutal.”

He was additionally upset that some writers solely put Manny Ramirez and Alex Rodriguez on their ballots.

Ben Verlander known as Wagner not being within the Corridor of Fame but, “loopy.”

Wagner was a seven-time All-Star throughout his 16-year profession. He performed for the Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, Boston Purple Sox and Atlanta Braves earlier than retiring. He was an All-Star in his remaining season in 2010.

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Former Houston Astros pitcher Billy Wagner in the course of the Houston Astros Corridor of Fame Weekend at Minute Maid Park on Aug. 12, 2023 in Houston. (Bob Levey/Getty Photos)

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He completed his profession with a 2.31 ERA, 422 saves with batters on either side of the plate hitting underneath .190 when going through him. He’s prone to get in subsequent yr when gamers like Ichiro Suzuki are set to seem on the poll for the primary time.

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