First- Brad Hawpe will play for team USA.
Second- Yesterday I did eight entries and my hard work paid off. On mlblogs home page my blog was featured on the hall balloting blogs!
Third- I’m doing a report on Ted Williams if any one knows some stuff about him please comment on it.
Jim Rice and Rickey Henderson got elected to the baseball hall of fame. Henderson got 511 votes, 94.8%. Jim Rice got 412 votes, 76.4%. I guess yesterday I was to generous yesterday. Mark Grace, David Cone, Matt Williams, Mo Vaughn, Jay Bell, and Jesse Orosco got less then 5% of the vote while Orosco got one vote. Ron Gant, Dan Plesac, and Greg Vaughn didn’t get a vote. The person who got the most votes and didn’t get in was Andre Dawson with 361 votes, 67%. The player with the most votes who was on the ballot for the first time was Jim Rice only made it in by seven votes but I am sure he will take that. Yesterday I predicted that Rice would just get in by a few votes, one or two. It was a little bigger but it was still pretty close. Rice got in on his fifteenth and last time joining Red Ruffing and Ralph Kiner as the only people to get in on their last time on the ballot. Jim Rice will now get his number retired by the Red Sox. The two rules to get your number retired by the Red Sox are you must be elected to the baseball hall of fame and you must have played ten years with the Red Sox. The unofficial rule is you must finish your carer with the Red Sox. The only exception was to Johnny Pesky who was with the Red Sox for 21 years as a player, coach, and manager. When Johnny Pesky went up for election for the hall of fame in 1960 he got one vote, 0.4%. The only exception to the unofficial rule (which really doesn’t make it unofficial if there has been and exception) was to Carlton Fisk who finished his carer with the Chicago White Sox. Rickey Henderson played with the Red Sox in 2002. He hit .223, with five home runs, drove in 16, scored 40 times, stole eight, and was caught stealing twice in 72 games. One difference between the two is Henderson played for the Yankees. Henderson though was mostly an Oakland Athletic. Henderson’s number will obviously not be retired by the Red Sox but his work will be thought of. Congrats to both Henderson and Rice and best wishes to Dawson, Bert Blyleven, Lee Smith, Jack Morris, and the others. Now the eyes are on Roberto Alomar, Andres Galarrage, Barry Larkin, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, and Robin Ventura who are on the ballot for the first time.
Don Mattingly No, Never
Don Mattingly is on the ballot for the ninth time. He had 222 home runs, had 2153 hits, with a .307 batting average, he drove in 1,099, stole fourteen, and was caught stealing nine times. He made 68 errors at first base and in the outfield. He played fourteen seasons all with the New York Yankees. While Mattingly was good he didn’t have a hall of fame carer. He didn’t hit 500 or get 3,000 hits. Maybe if he played longer he would be in the hall. Mattingly got 15.8% of the vote last year. This year he will get 20% of the vote and at his best 55% of the vote.
Mark McGwire, No, Never
Mark McGwire is on the ballot for his third year. He hit .263, with 583 home runs, drove in 1,414, scored 1,167 times, had 1,626 hit, stole twelve and was caught stealing eight times. McGwire played sixteen seasons with the A’s and Cardinals. While McGwire has great numbers (half of his hits were home runs) his carer will remembered by one word, steroids. This is an important election because Clemens, Bonds, and others don’t stand a chance if McGwire doesn’t get in. It would send a message, if you used steroids you will not get in. McGwire will get 25% of the vote and at his best 35% of the vote.
Jack Morris, No, Never
Jack Morris is up for election for his tenth year. Morris had a carer record of 254-186, an ERA of 3.90, and 2,478 strikeouts. Morris played 18 seasons with the Tigers, Twins, Blue Jays, and Indians. He will probably go in, if he goes in as a Tiger.In 1986 and 1992 he won 21 games. He pitched 28 shutouts and 175 complete games. He made 29 errors with a .965 ERA. Last year he got 42.9% of the vote. This year he will get 50% of the vote and at his best 70% of the vote. He will never get in to the hall because you need 75% to get in.