Late HOF Rant. What a Joke
This year’s HOF numbers go a long way in confirming that many MLB writers have absolutely no clue.
Myself and Callum both selected the same four players for inclusion to Cooperstown. Here’s how they each did.
Rickey Henderson – Elected with 94.8%
We’ve discussed numerous times 100% rate. Surprised by such a low total. Officially one in twenty writers are as knowledgeably as Corky Simpson
Bert Blyleven – 62.7%
Bert’s starting to pick up steam. If Jim Rice’s election this year proves anything, its that voters tend to give more leeway to a player approaching the maximum 15 attempts. Twice in Rice’s past voting record he’s received less than 30% of the vote. In four of the past five years his vote total has increased. Is there a logical reason for this outside of the impending ’15 attempt lockout’? I don’t think so. Blyleven has three more years of eligibility left.
Tim Raines – 22.6%
Actually lower than his 2008 vote percentage of 24.3%.
I wonder if the lack of respect for Raines and Rickey has to do with the modern day lack or emphasis on the speed game?
Mark McGwire – 21.9%
McGwire was probably the most written about player for a two year stint back during his Cardinals days. He sold quite a few tickets, not to mention many newspapers, increased TV & Radio ad revenue, etc. The writers have a short memory, don’t they? McGwire has the numbers. If no steroid taint existed he’d be elected in his first year with a 95%+ approval rating.