Baseball Crank
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January 9, 2007
BASEBALL: Ripken and Gwynn

Pinto says the Hall results are out early.

UPDATE: Here's the voting results.

SECOND UPDATE: Five-year voting trend for the continuing candidates:

PLAYER20032004200520062007
Sandberg49.261.176.2ININ
Sutter53.759.566.776.9IN
Gossage42.140.755.264.671.2
Rice52.254.559.564.863.5
Dawson50.050.052.361.056.7
Blyleven29.235.440.953.347.7
L. Smith42.336.638.845.039.8
Morris22.826.333.341.237.1
John23.421.923.829.622.9
Garvey*27.824.320.526.021.1
Concepcion11.111.310.712.513.6
Trammell14.113.816.917.713.4
Parker10.310.512.614.411.4
Mattingly13.712.811.412.39.9

* - Last year on the ballot for Garvey

(2006 ballot here, 2005 here, 2004 here, 2003 here).

Looks like the Goose almost has it locked up, as I expected due to Sutter's election; Rice is also still in the hunt, Blyleven and Dawson still in limbo, with Blyleven increasingly likely to have to wait for the Veterans. Notice that reading the chart diagonally down from left to right produces some pretty vivid trends. Albert Belle, unjustly, falls off the ballot. McGwire gets just 23.5% of the vote, a very loud protest against a guy whose ballplaying credentials are undeniable.

THIRD UPDATE: I'm guessing neither of the two people who voted for Bobby Bonilla was Bob Klapisch. And a reader points out that Ken Caminiti got two votes; I will go out on a limb and say those two writers did not withhold their votes from McGwire.

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Comments

I'd like to know the reasoning of voters who think Dave Parker is a Hall of Famer, but Albert Belle is not.

Posted by: Jerry at January 9, 2007 4:19 PM

Better yet, if you can vote for Garvey, John and Smith, how can you not vote for McGuire even if you believe he juiced and it matters?

Posted by: maddirishman at January 9, 2007 5:32 PM

How can you....? That's why it's a vote. Election hinges upon the whims of sportswriters. They can, they will, screw it up anyway possible. Have you ever watched these dolts converse on espn? There's only one Gammons. That said, my only complaint with this year's election is the Goose coming up short.

Posted by: abe at January 9, 2007 8:11 PM

All I can say is "Bobby Bonilla?"

Posted by: Attila (Pillage Idiot) at January 9, 2007 9:20 PM

Abe - Goose, Rice, Smith and Blyleven should have already been elected. They are all WAY past due.

Posted by: maddirishman at January 10, 2007 9:24 AM

Looking back at history will tell you Irish, that all 4 you mention should get in. The problem is I saw them all play. If you had to take them, the order for me is:

Goose, Blyleven, Rice, Smith.

Goose was held in awe when he played, Blyleven got no press or exposure, Rice was very one dimensional, a good thing in Fenway, but I was never a big fan. To me, Lee Smith is a 1930s kind of player. Gaudy stats with little to back it up. I remember him, good fastball, Strawberry used to thump him. To me, he is another Armando Benitez--maybe some flash of stats, but no meat to back it up. Just my memory of him now.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at January 11, 2007 12:44 PM

Mad, I think Smith is a reach, could make similar type arguements for Franco, clearly not HOF material in my opinion. Rice and Blyeven are coin tosses in my eyes, on the cusp. Daryl makes the same point I would re Rice. The only guy who got screwed this year was Goose. He's a no brainer.

Posted by: abe at January 12, 2007 7:49 AM
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