Hall Of Fame Voting Stats
The only question I have is this, and I don't expect an answer, not from "them, the guilty voters,"....But I wonder, I do, who are the IDIOT(s) who did NOT vote for Cal Ripken? Or Tony Gwynn. What a baffoon(s). He should be banned from the H of F voting forever. But Cal finished with 537, or 98.5%. Tony Gwynn, as he should have, received 532 vote, or 97.6%. Both runaway winners, and deservedly so. The rest of the list is as follows......Goose Gossage-71.2%...Jim Ed-63.5%...Andre Dawson-56.7%...Bert Blyleven-47.7%...Lee Smith-39.8%...Jack Morris-37.1%...AND LASTLY, at least on MY list and in MY heart...Mark McGwire-23.5%!! Mark, when you lie, especially in a Congressional Hearing, you're going to pay the consequences. Hey Mark, on this Wednesday morning, say hello to reality, and MEET THE CONSEQUENCES.
Oh, this is from the Horrigan Herald article from just this Wednesday morning....I'll have something to say after. When don't I?.....
"The chances of both Gossage and Rice should be enhanced next year, when the ballot will have a much weaker first-year class, headed by Tim Raines and David Justice.
“Goose Gossage and Jim Rice, to me, are (Hall of Famers) when I think of those two guys,” Ripken said. “Jim Rice was the man when you went into that All-Star locker room for 10 years.” (Peter here, and Cal...you are so right!)
“I feel guilty getting in, knowing guys like Goose, Jim Rice, Andre Dawson, Bert Blyleven, Steve Garvey and Tommy John aren’t in,” Gwynn said. “Getting in is a blessing, but those other guys are Hall of Famers.” (Me again, and Tony, you have all the class in the world for saying that. And you are a true Hall of Famer....18 years straight with a .300 plus batting average...who's matched that? TY Cobb....23 straight years! Holy crap!) Mr. Tony Gwynn....18 years of consecutive .300 plus hitting, and ALL, every one of those years with the same team. My goodness!!! In modern times too!
And so for Jim Rice, it's wait until next year yet again, but there is hope....the competition will not have many big names added for the next two years....next year the strongest ballot newcomers will be Shawon Dunston, David Justice, and Tim Raines. I thought he'd squeak by this year with the two "can't misses" and the one "sure miss," the only three new adds. But Jim Ed, you know you're in the hall of fame of our hearts. Forever. And for anyone who remembers Jimmy playing that wall out in left, for opposing batters, it was a risk taking that "wide" turn around first, with maybe thoughts for second. Thoughts of making it into second base, on your feet or on your butt, were beautifully described by the umpire at second with his right hand raised and vocal cords blaring, "YOU'RE OUT! And we stood, and we cheered. We love you Jimmy!!!
And I love YOU, my readers...comments? If you can, as the Northeast United States slowly slipperingly slides into more normal temperaures in the next five days, you all take care. As always, I'm so glad you're here. Thanks.