Cooperstown Chronicles – Hall of Fame Disappointment

Jan 12, 2009


The votes are in.  The 2009 Hall of Fame class will consist of Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice.  Rickey got in on his first try and Rice on his last.  As a Red Sox fan I am thrilled that Rice got in, but as a baseball fan I’m saddened that he did not have more company.  As good as Rice was, I think that there were more deserving players left off the ballot.  Andre Dawson for example was also a incredible hitter that happened to run well AND played Gold Glove defense.  Bert Byleven won 287 games and was a strikeout and shutout king.  Jack Morris was the winningest pitcher in the 80′s with an amazing postseason resume.  Maybe next year for them when only Roberto Alomar makes a strong case for first-ballot induction.  Here’s a look at the votes.


I don’t know how you can maintain voting eligibility if you did not vote for Rickey Henderson.  He’s only the all-time leader in Runs, Walks, and Stolen Bases and a member of the 3000 Hit Club.  There are 28 writers that have some explaining to do.  If they can’t come up with a good reason they left him off their ballots, like temporary amnesia or something, they should be thanked for their service and never heard from again.

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10 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Mo Morrissey
    January 12th, 2009 at 3:04 pm #

    I’m just happy Jim Ed got in. Think of it this way: the guy that graduates at the bottom of his medical school class is still called “doctor.”

  2. LestersLegends
    January 12th, 2009 at 3:07 pm #

    I hear you Mo. I just wish a couple other guys got in too.

  3. David Funk
    January 12th, 2009 at 3:44 pm #

    I’m disappointed that Dawson didn’t get in because was my favorite player growing up, but he was close. But I’m glad Rice got in and Henderson was a no-brainer.

    Speaking of Henderson, I totally agree with you about why someone would leave him off the ballot. I mean, he redefined the leadoff hitter(as the best ever btw) and is the all-time leader in the categories mentioned above. I don’t get how someone could NOT for him, but to each is their own I guess.

  4. LestersLegends
    January 12th, 2009 at 3:47 pm #

    To me that’s someone with an agenda and they should lose their vote.

  5. Larry Novak
    January 12th, 2009 at 4:33 pm #

    I am Baffled on those who did not get in and how few votes they got, (Jack Morris) also how can Tommy John, Tim Raines, Alan Trammell, and Don Mattingly not get in.
    I really cannot wait the hear Hendersons speech. Its going to be a hoot.

  6. Larry Novak
    January 12th, 2009 at 4:37 pm #

    I also saw an argument that Dewey Evans should be in, Some of his numbers are comparable to Rice’s and he as among the top 5 defensive Right Fielders of all time,
    I do not think Alomar will get in the 1st time. The writers will penalize him for the spitting indecent.

  7. Larry Novak
    January 12th, 2009 at 5:22 pm #

    I get a kick that and the new york Newspapers claim that another Yankee is in the HOF. Yes Ricky had good years with the yankees and has a few yankee records I do not think of him as a Yankee. Of Course Yankee fan sites claim Bob Lemon, Phil Niekro and Gaylord Perry as Yankees in the HOF.
    That is like the Mets claiming that they have among the most pitchers who have pitched No Hitters, Don’t let the detail that No Met Pitcher has pitched a No hitter in a Met Uniform,
    So lets salute legendary Tampa Bay Ray Hall Of Famer Wade Boggs.

  8. LestersLegends
    January 12th, 2009 at 7:40 pm #

    Rickey is going to be a hoot. Dewey was awesome. What an arm. Never had the Rice rep though. I hear you on Alomar, but man was he good. Funny about Yanks.

  9. Frank
    January 13th, 2009 at 6:16 am #

    I posted 3 votes: Henderson, Dawson, and Blyleven. HOF are a combination of stats and subjectivity. So my 1 of 3 isn’t very good, but I will maintain that the HOF is for the very best, not the very good; and comparing of stats with those in opens the door to many.

    Statistically, why not Dave Parker this time? (More R, H, RBI, Gold Gloves, Silver Sluggers, and Batting Titles than Rice) … thus why I would only voted for Dawson.

    Although I don’t think he’s no longer eligible, compare Davey Concepcion to other SS in the HOF.

    And yes .. Congratulations to Jim Rice and Rickey Henderson

  10. LestersLegends
    January 13th, 2009 at 6:23 am #

    I can live with that. I think Cobra does belong. Same with Davey and Bert and a mess of others.

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