Both of these guys are clear-cut Hall of Famers as nobody needs to debate the credentials of Griffey, one of the greatest center fielders ever, and Piazza, the greatest hitting catcher of all time. Griffey came three votes shy of being unanimous and who wouldn't love to get the reasoning behind those who didn't have him on their ballot (while I would accept the reasoning of that he was such a lock to get in, it made more sense to use that ballot spot for somebody who needs it, I won't accept the nonsense logic of nobody has been unanimous before so nobody ever should). And with Piazza, he should have gotten in on the first ballot but he has been hurt by a whisper campaign about potential PED usage.
Another guy who has been hurt by a whisper campaign is Jeff Bagwell who ended up 15 votes shy of induction this year. Bagwell should already be in by now but his wait will come to an end next year.
Another player who is getting closer to induction is Tim Raines, another guy who should have already gotten in but has been criminally overlooked over the years by the writers. Raines was 23 votes shy of the 75% threshold and with next year being his final year on the ballot, he looks close enough to getting in.
Of the notable folks making their debut on the ballot, Trevor Hoffman was 34 votes shy of induction while fellow closer Billy Wagner only debuted with 10.5% of ballots while Jim Edmonds only got 2.5% of the vote. As I noted a week ago, I think it's a joke that Edmonds fell off the ballot so quickly and I don't get why Hoffman will get inducted within the next two years while Wagner will never come close when the latter was the better pitcher.
Notable players falling off the ballot thanks to exhausting their amount of eligible years are Alan Trammell (sadly) and Mark McGwire. Next year will be the last year on the ballot for the aforementioned Raines, Lee Smith and Fred McGriff while newcomers to the ballot next year include Vladimir Guerrero, Jorge Posada, Manny Ramirez and Ivan Rodriguez among others.