I have to say, I was a little surprised by the results of the Hall of Fame voting results today. Obviously Rickey Henderson was a cinch to get in, but I didn't expect Rice to make it as well; I'd figured that his case had become so polarizing that there weren't going to be any defectors from the anti-Rice camp. But, he slid in on his 15th and final ballot. As I said a couple weeks back
, I don't think he's worth induction, but he's hardly the worst player in the Hall, and he won't devalue induction any.
Andre Dawson's support (67.0%) seemed a bit higher than it should have been, especially in comparison to his former teammate, Tim Raines (22.6%). Bert Blyleven continues to pick up votes (62.7%), and he'll probably get the call in the next few years. Jack Morris' support continues to baffle me (44.0%), again considering the low vote totals for his former teammate (and in my mind more deserving candidate) Alan Trammell (17.4%).
David Cone should have gotten more than the 3.9% that he garnered, and will fall off the ballot, along with Tommy John (final year of eligibility), Mark Grace, Matt Williams, Mo Vaughn, Jay Bell, Jesse Orosco, and Dan Plesac. And the whole Mark McGwire issue (21.9%) isn't going away anytime soon.
Looking ahead to Cooperstown...well I'm excited, as he once told Padres GM Kevin Towers, to hear "Rickey speaking on behalf of Rickey".