Posted By Jeff Fletcher on January 12, 2009 11:15 am
Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice got in, which is really no surprise. Henderson was a slam-dunk and Rice came so close last year that that he was almost a lock in this, his final year of eligibility on the writers’ ballot.
Henderson was named on 511 of 539 ballots (94.8 percent), which is shockingly low. I guess the guy in Arizona who got so much heat for omitting Henderson has company. I wonder if the other 27 also made a “mistake”?
(Incidentally, the issue of which player got the highest percentage of votes is silly. Right now it’s Tom Seaver, at 98.84 percent. Uh, does that mean Tom Seaver was the greatest player in the history of baseball? Better than Cy Young, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays? Of course not. It’s just a silly bit of trivia.)
Rice squeaked in with 76.4 percent, which is just over the 75 percent required.
Andre Dawson, who I voted for, came closest among the rest, with 67 percent. Bert Blyleven, who I didn’t vote for, got 62 percent, about the same total as he got last year. Blyleven seems to be the posterboy for the “Writers Are Idiots” case. I’m sure he’ll be on the radio and TV complaining today. As I wrote earlier on my blog, I think he’s very very very close, and I may vote for him next year. Of course, the more I hear him denigrating anyone who doesn’t vote for him — which I’m sure I will — the less I want to vote for him.
Mark McGwire, who I also voted for, is losing support, down to 21 percent this year. He’s never getting in.
As another aside, there will be much hand-wringing about people who didn’t vote for Rickey, but what about the ones who did vote for Mo Vaughn (6), Jay Bell (2) and Jesse Orosco (1)? Seriously?