Siberian Baseball

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Ripken, Gwynn to the Hall

The votes are cast, the chads are hung and the Baseball Hall of Fame has two new members - no-brainers, really - in Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken Jr.

Ripken led the voting with 537 of the 545 possible votes with Gwynn pulling in 532. I'd have thought that might have gone the other way, but five votes are five votes.

Obviously, more players didn't make it in with the requisite 409 votes.

Highlighting the have-nots was the Associated Press via the Chicago Tribune:

Rich Gossage with 388, Jim Rice 346, Andre Dawson 309, Bert Blyleven 260 and Lee Smith with 217.

The big news will be Marck McGwire's 128 votes (just under a quarter of voters pulling for Big Mac) and the steroid rumors and questions about modern sports morality as well as the deterioration of the nuclear family and the lack of respect for our elders. McGwire is pretty much the scapegoat for all the things that we remember being better when we were kids.

Another wrinkle is the under five-percent club which wipes the following players off the boards until the veterans committee can pick them up.

Top dogs there were:
Orel Hershiser 24, Albert Belle 19, Paul O'Neill 12, Chicago Heights native Bret Saberhagen 7, Jose Canseco 6, Tony Fernandez 4, Dante Bichette 3, Eric Davis 3, Bobby Bonilla 2, Ken Caminiti 2 and Jay Buhner with 1 vote.

Scott Brosius, Wally Joyner, Devon White and Bobby Witt all pulled down goose eggs.

Sorry guys.

Update listed how its voters cast their ballots and I think the biggest shock is that Pedro Gomez was in on this. I always imagine Hall voters being closer to Peter Gammons' age, but I do have a spot in my heart for Gomez.

Highlights of this ballot update are:

* Five (of a possible 12) votes for McGwire from Buster Olney, Jim Caple, Jayson Stark, Gammons and Tim Kurkjian.

* Gammons full ballot of: Gwynn, Ripken, Gossage, Dawson, Rice, Jack Morris, Blyleven and McGwire.

* The ESPN crew would have inducted: Gwynn, Ripken, Gossage, Dawson and Rice.

* Albert Belle and Smith each received one vote. That was pretty shocking to me.

Oh, and for the record, my votes would have been for Gwynn, Ripken (with reservations), Dawson, Rice, Gossage and Smith. That's just me, though.

(Image from Ding!



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