Goose Gossage was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame today. Overdue, I’d say. Jim Rice was a close second and has a shot next year as the only safe candidate for selection is Rickey Henderson. That, of course, assumes Henderson doesn’t some how make a comeback this year.
Couple of comments…
First, my ballot would’ve included numerous other players. Rice, Andre Dawson, Bert Blyleven, Jack Morris, Lee Smith and Tim Raines all belong in my opinion.
Second, I’m disappointed that Raines received so little love. If there was no such person as Rickey Henderson, everyone would better recognize what a talent Raines was. Eddie Mathews was overlooked for enshrinement in part because he was playing alongside Hank Aaron for most of his career. Uh, the man had 500 homers. I’d be inclined to have Raines in before the other candidates that I’d put in.
Dave Parker received less than 20% of the vote. Former Bucco Shawon Dunston got one vote.
ESPN doesn’t list their names, but Jose Rijo and Brady Anderson got no votes. Rijo was also on the ballot in 2001 and received one vote then. I guess his comeback must’ve been too unsuccessful to keep that vote.
Somehow Todd Stottlemyre managed to get a vote. I’m still sore that Andy Van Slyke got no votes in 2001. How is it possible that no writers voted for Van Slyke? He was a good player – a top five MVP finisher two times, won multiple Gold Gloves and was a great interview. Inconceivable.
No word yet on whether Gossage will be pictured in a Pirates stove top hat on his plaque.