Former Boston Red Sox player Pedro Martinez is honored prior to the game between the Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves at Fenway Park in Boston on May 28, 2014.
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January 6, 2015 10:59 AM EST

On Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern, the results of the BBWAA 2015 Hall of Fame election will be announced. If the ballots published thus far are to be believed, we’re in for not only a bumper crop of honorees — three, four, or even five players receiving at least 75 percent of the vote — but also the kind of history we haven’t seen in at least 60 years.

As of Monday afternoon, 146 voters have made their ballots public thus far, via Ryan Thibs’ Hall of Fame Tracker, just over one-quarter of the electorate based on last year’s final vote total of 571. According to those ballots, five players have received at least 75 percent of the vote: newcomers Randy Johnson (98.6 percent), Pedro Martinez (98.0 percent) and John Smoltz (87.8 percent) and holdovers Craig Biggio (80.8 percent) and Mike Piazza (79.4 percent). Via the Baseball Think Factory 2015 HOF Ballot Collecting Gizmo — which unlike Thibs’ Tracker merely aggregates the totals instead of recording each individual ballot but has a slightly larger sample size (154) — Piazza is down to 76.6 percent, but Biggio is up to 82.5 percent, and the other three are within a whisker of Thibs’ numbers…

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