January 8, 2008

IF YOU WERE STARTING A TEAM TODAY AND COULD HAVE EACH AT AGE 20:

Gossage elected to Hall of Fame (AP, 1/08/08)

Jim Rice was passed over yet again, getting 392 votes (72.2 percent), up from 346 (63.5 percent) last year and 16 short of the 75 percent needed. He will appear on the writers' ballot for the 15th and final time next year, when career steals leader Rickey Henderson will be among the newcomers.

Andre Dawson was third at 358 (65.9 percent), followed by Bert Blyleven at 336 (61.9 percent).


You'd go Dawson, Blyleven, Rice, Gossage.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 8, 2008 2:24 PM
Comments

Yeah, but where would you put Tim Raines in that last, since he became eligible this year?

Posted by: John Thacker at January 8, 2008 2:59 PM

I wouldn't start with a .323 OBP.

Posted by: g-man at January 8, 2008 4:11 PM

first

Posted by: oj at January 8, 2008 4:18 PM

I can't believe Raines got only 24% of the vote.

Posted by: Rich at January 8, 2008 5:43 PM

Raines, Blyleven, Gossage, Dawson, Rice.

And only the first 3 of those belong in the Hall.

Really a joke that the numskull writers only gave Rock 24%.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at January 8, 2008 7:03 PM

Blyleven played for what, about 6 teams? That probably hurts him. I saw him throw about 7 1/3 perfect innings in Pittsburgh in 1980. I'll bet if he had kept it perfect, he would already be in.

Rice had 4 or 5 monster years, and about 7 or 8 good ones. Is that enough? Absent the cocaine, Dave Parker would have about an equivalent record (with better defense), and I haven't seen him get pumped for the Hall.

Dawson is one of those guys who was always on the wrong team. He was like Dave Winfield.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 8, 2008 10:16 PM
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