Statistically, Rick Ferrell isn’t quite the worst player in Cooperstown. His 1984 selection ranks as worst ever because the Veteran's Committee did it by mistake. BBWAA secretary-treasurer Jack O’Connell told Baseball Prospectus in 2011, “The story I heard was that Jim Campbell had called a few of the Veteran's Committee members and said, ‘Look, just don’t let him get shut out. Throw him a vote.’ Well, the guy ended up getting nine votes, so he got elected.” As O’Connell also noted, Rick Ferrell wasn’t even the best player in his family. Brother Wes ranked as one of the best pitchers of the 1930s.
But technically, Griffey isn’t a Hall of Famer yet and won’t be until the induction ceremony this summer. I also like seeing how probable inductees do in the voting here.
Griffey may have finished fifth in total votes, though he’s the only player of the 25 to have 100 percent of his voters say he belongs in the Hall of Fame. Griffey also got the most votes saying he belongs in Cooperstown. Neither of those things affects Griffey’s ranking in this project, but they befit one of the most beloved players in baseball history.
In 2001, the Veterans Committee was reformed to comprise the living Hall of Fame members and other honorees.  The revamped Committee held three election, in 2003 and 2007 , for both players and non-players, and in 2005 for players only. No individual was elected in that time, sparking criticism among some observers who expressed doubt whether the new Veterans Committee would ever elect a player. The Committee members, most of whom were Hall members, were accused of being reluctant to elect new candidates in the hope of heightening the value of their own selection. After no one was selected for the third consecutive election in 2007, Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt noted, "The same thing happens every year. The current members want to preserve the prestige as much as possible, and are unwilling to open the doors."  In 2007, the committee and its selection processes were again reorganized; the main committee then included all living members of the Hall, and voted on a reduced number of candidates from among players whose careers began in 1943 or later. Separate committees, including sportswriters and broadcasters, would select umpires, managers and executives, as well as players from earlier eras.