ESPN.com news services | Jan. 7, 2016

NEW YORK — Ken Griffey Jr. was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame on Wednesday with the highest voting percentage ever, and Mike Piazza will join him in Cooperstown this summer.

A star slugger during the steroids era who was never tainted by accusations of drug use, Griffey appeared on 437 of 440 ballots in his first appearance on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot. His 99.3 percentage topped the previous mark of 98.84, set when Tom Seaver appeared on 425 of 430 ballots in 1992.

There had been speculation that Griffey could become the first unanimous selection.

“I can’t be upset. It’s just an honor to be elected, and to have the highest percentage is definitely a shock,” Griffey said on a conference call.

Shortly after learning of Griffey’s selection, Seattle raised a giant banner with his number More >