Baseball Crank
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January 06, 2004
BASEBALL: 2004 Hall of Fame Honorees

Well, the votes are in. WFAN is reporting that the writers picked Paul Molitor and Dennis Eckersley.

As discussed below, here was my ballot (if they gave me a vote, that is):

Rich Gossage
Bert Blyleven
Ryne Sandberg

I'll link to the full ballot when it's available.

UPDATES: Francesa says Sandberg is third at 61%, which is close enough that he'll probably make it in a year or two.

ESPN says Sutter finished fourth, also within 100 votes, while Keith Hernandez and Joe Carter dropped off the ballot for lack of support. I guess it's progress when a guy with as many 100-RBI seasons as Carter is almost universally recognized as being far short of the Hall's standards.

Here's the full ballot. The other also-rans, with their percentages:

Ryne Sandberg 61.1
Bruce Sutter 59.5
Jim Rice 54.5
Andre Dawson 50.0
Rich Gossage 40.7
Lee Smith 36.6
Bert Blyleven 35.4
Jack Morris 26.3
Steve Garvey 24.3
Tommy John 21.9

Sutter, Sandberg and Blyleven gained the most support; Goose and Smith both declined (even though, as I noted this morning, Gossage has the best numbers of any of the relievers), as did Garvey. Dennis Martinez also failed to stay on the ballot; in fact, Molitor and Eckersley were the only new names on the ballot to clear the 5% threshold.

One prediction before I sign off for the day: Blyleven, who was helped when Jim Kaat dropped off the ballot this year, will benefit again in a few years when John is off the ballot as well.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 02:04 PM | Baseball 2004 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Sandberg definitely deserves to get in - when he played I had no doubt he was a Hall of Famer...

Posted by: The Mad Hibernian at January 6, 2004 11:17 PM

I'm not saying you have to follow the herd, but from what I've seen at Baseball Primer, the "stathead consensus" generally includes the five people you'd vote for plus Alan Trammell. Since you said you haven't really analyzed Trammell, I'd encourage you to do so. Compare his career to Ozzie Smith's and you'll see he's just about as worthy of a vote.

Posted by: Devin McCullen at January 7, 2004 11:11 AM
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