HOF: Gwynn, Ripken In. Rice, Goose, and Morris? Sorry.

Cal Ripken and Tony Gwynn appeared on 98.5 and 97.6 percent of ballots, respectively.  Goose Gossage appeared 71.2 percent of ballots, 21 votes shy of the 75 percent needed.

Mark McGwire was named on 23.5 percent of ballots.  I haven’t been able to track down the full results; I will update this post when I can find them.  It’s a shame about Rice, Goose and Morris though.

Update: Full voting results in the extended

Candidate Votes Pct.
Cal Ripken Jr. 537 98.5
Tony Gwynn 532 97.6
Rich Gossage 388 71.2
Jim Rice 346 63.5
Andre Dawson 309 56.7
Bert Blyleven 260 47.7
Lee Smith 217 39.8
Jack Morris 202 37.1
Mark McGwire 128 23.5
Tommy John 125 22.9
Steve Garvey 115 21.1
Dave Concepcion 74 13.6
Alan Trammell 73 13.4
Dave Parker 62 11.4
Don Mattingly 54 9.9
Dale Murphy 50 9.2
Harold Baines 29 5.3
Orel Hershiser 24 4.4
Albert Belle 19 3.5
Paul O’Neill 12 2.2
Bret Saberhagen 7 1.3
Jose Canseco 6 1.1
Tony Fernandez 4 0.7
Dante Bichette 3 0.6
Eric Davis 3 0.6
Bobby Bonilla 2 0.4
Ken Caminiti 2 0.4
Jay Buhner 1 0.2
Scott Brosius 0 0
Wally Joyner 0 0
Devon White 0 0
Bobby Witt 0 0

32 comments… add one

  • it’s funny how cal has been reduced to a singles hitter by baseballs modern day standards. the man had 430 career home runs. i’m not sure if it’s due to being paired up with TG as hall canidates or what, but seems unfair none the less. cal and tony were both “take what the pitcher gave you” kind of guy’s. much in the same way teddy ballgame was. pure hitters.
    sorry to the hawk, the goose, and a-roni. the HOF wouldn’t mean as much if great players weren’t left out.

    sf rod January 9, 2007, 2:46 pm
  • No votes for Brosius?! What!
    Seriously, the good news here is that it looks like Goose is pretty much a lock for next year, and the future isn’t bleak for Rice. No so good is the disappointing showing for Bert Blyleven, who’s not even at 50 percent despite some recent important converts (Ringolsbly, Klapisch), and the continued support of the sabermetric intelligentsia. As usual, the BBWAA disappoints. Not good at all.

    YF January 9, 2007, 2:49 pm
  • No votes for Brosius?! What!
    Seriously, the good news here is that it looks like Goose is pretty much a lock for next year, and the future isn’t bleak for Rice. No so good is the disappointing showing for Bert Blyleven, who’s not even at 50 percent despite some recent important converts (Ringolsbly, Klapisch), and the continued support of the sabermetric intelligentsia. As usual, the BBWAA disappoints. Not good at all.

    YF January 9, 2007, 2:49 pm
  • Who the hell would put Dante Bichette on their ballot?
    To me that’s grounds for voting-rights revocation.

    SF January 9, 2007, 2:51 pm
  • BTW: From those totals, it appears someone did NOT vote for Cal and (perhaps the same person) did NOT vote for Gwynn. How on earth is that possible?

    YF January 9, 2007, 2:52 pm
  • there is a voter who refused to vote for anyone because of the stigma of the steroids era. It was a vote of conscience.

    Nick from Washington Heights January 9, 2007, 2:54 pm
  • Bret Saberhagen is an interesting case. With Denny McClain (and Santana, who is a long way from eligible), he is one of only 2 2-time cy winners not in the hall.

    YF January 9, 2007, 2:54 pm
  • YF – there were 2 empty ballots (protesting the roids, I guess).. and there’s always a few voters every year that will refuse to vote a first-timer on the logic that the giants (Ruth, etc) didn’t get 100%..
    Silly if you ask me, but hey..

    Lar January 9, 2007, 2:54 pm
  • if you want to protest, just don’t vote at all. sending in a blank ballot is bullshit.

    YF January 9, 2007, 2:56 pm
  • I read some place that they have to submit a ballot to keep their voting rights for the next year.
    It’s still total BS.
    The Hall of Fame voting is being made a laughing stock by the very people that are intrusted with it.

    LocklandSF January 9, 2007, 3:30 pm
  • I can’t say this loudly enough: DANTE BICHETTE?!??! WTF?!??!?!

    SF January 9, 2007, 3:38 pm
  • A writer, by not voting for Ripken or Gwinn will most assuredly get his 15 minutes of fame from the rest of the media.
    Pathetic.

    Andrews January 9, 2007, 3:41 pm
  • SF, I agree. Didn’t someone put Walt Weiss on the ballot last year?

    Nick-YF January 9, 2007, 3:52 pm
  • On what planet does someone given the power to select Hall of Famers think that Dante Bichette deserves to be in that building? This is beyond someone voting for Justin Morneau over Derek Jeter for MVP. At least in that case, there’s a slightly-better-than-marginal case to be made for Morneau, even if it’s a stretch. But in this situation, though, there’s not single portion of Bichette’s career that warrants consideration. Nothing. I honestly don’t understand how someone marks that vote down with a straight face. It makes me cringe; there are hundreds of us who could do a better job at voting – do some of these voters understand the privilege they have, this ability to enshrine former players? It would seem not, sadly.

    SF January 9, 2007, 4:00 pm
  • 3 votes for Bichette. Those 3 voters should never be allowed to vote again. They obviously don’t know baseball.

    crabby January 9, 2007, 4:47 pm
  • Bichette’s HOF worthy career:
    Black Ink: Batting – 19 (112) (Average HOFer ≈ 27)
    Gray Ink: Batting – 81 (284) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)
    HOF Standards: Batting – 30.5 (275) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
    HOF Monitor: Batting – 82.0 (203) (Likely HOFer > 100)

    LocklandSF January 9, 2007, 4:53 pm
  • Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn are my top favorites. I almost miss the days of seeing these two.
    On another note I’m sure Derek Jeter will score the most votes when his time comes. If he doesn’t I’m sure he’ll hook up with another young hollywood starlet to make it up to him.
    Lately the guy seems more interested in getting MVP votes for the young hot girls he dates and his off the field skills rather than his on the field skills. He could be using it as a cover so people will stop through it in his face over the fact he lost. I’m sure his people are really proud to read his latest little black book hottie’s claim to fame is her rotundous rear end more than her personality or acting skills.

    P Harvey January 9, 2007, 5:27 pm
  • “Lately the guy seems more interested in getting MVP votes for the young hot girls he dates and his off the field skills rather than his on the field skills.”
    Just in case you hadn’t noticed: it’s the offseason…

    Andrews January 9, 2007, 5:43 pm
  • Yeah I’m pretty sure Jetes is hooking up with Jessica Biel to have people stop throwing the MVP snub in his face. Ass. As for Biel’s personality my old roomate, who works for Universal, was working on set with Biel on one of her current movies. He says she is one of the most down to earth young actors he’s met in Hollywood. She was friendly with the entire crew and not the least bit pretentious.

    bloodyank78 January 9, 2007, 6:07 pm
  • Disturbing that Rice’s totals actually went down. Not a good sign. But, as I said, next year’s dearth of first-balloters should help him out immensely.

    Paul SF January 9, 2007, 6:53 pm
  • I agree Paul, but I’m still worried. What I am more worried about is a larger group of voters, a younger group, etc. That percentage system is a tough way to do it, I would rather they just set a number of votes needed each year so these blank ballot jerks don’t mess with the system.
    Oh, and P Harvey, you’re kind of an idiot, run along now and let the adults talk.

    LocklandSF January 9, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • P Harvey:
    I agree with you about Ripken and Gwynn, especially Gwynn. I truly enjoyed watching him hit. He’s the best pure hitter I have ever had the privilege to see in my lifetime. Uncanny ability and discipline.
    I don’t know what to make of the rest of your statement regarding Jeter. I take it as sarcasm and as that, it’s somewhat funny, but I doubt there are very few heterosexual men who are not in a faithful, committed relationship who would object to having Jessica Biel find them interesting.
    Regarding her acting ability, I thought she did a pretty good job (thought it was a smallish role) in an excellent film called “Ulee’s Gold” that starred Peter Fonda. Great film.

    attackgerbil January 9, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • “a younger group, etc…”
    That’s one of the things that bothers me about the whole system. Somebody who has been a baseball writer since last week (speaking figuratively, of course), is voting on whether somebody who played their best baseball 20 or 30 years ago should be in the HOF. I was in high school the last year Rice played. While I have my opinions about how great he was, shouldn’t somebody who was a grown-up in the 70’s and 80’s be making that evaluation?

    pastorsteve January 9, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Bad case of sarcasm regarding Ms.Biel. My apologies. She is hot with a killer bod and a decent actress I suppose. Haven’t followed much of her work though. I’m Just giving the Yank fans a hard timesince my Yankee buddie checks this board out. Captain Jeter has all my respectno doubt he will get top vote in the HOF as it should be.

    P Harvey January 9, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • So I’m guessing Klapisch wasn’t one fo the guys who voted for Bonilla!

    YF January 9, 2007, 10:44 pm
  • Sorry for being a dick P Harv. I thought your post was totally serious. My bad.

    bloodyank78 January 9, 2007, 11:13 pm
  • who the hell is dante bichette?
    biel has all the intangibles, and some nice tangibles too…and she’s doing a great job of acting like she likes jeter…we’re all just jealous…

    dc January 9, 2007, 11:29 pm
  • Whoever voted for Dante must have read his Wikipedia page, which says that he, “was a powerful slugger for his 14 seasons in Major League Baseball.”

    pastorsteve January 10, 2007, 7:51 am
  • …it’s all just a devine comedy if you ask me…

    dc January 10, 2007, 8:34 am
  • Then Rice and Gossage are in some sort of purgatory?

    pastorsteve January 10, 2007, 9:37 am
  • QUESTION: Why do imbeciles like Kevin Kennedy and Rob Dibble demand “Conclusive proof” (an admission or a positive test) that McGwire juiced, and short of that argue that he’s a hall of famer?
    Isn’t it obvious from his numbers going up at the age of 35, his appearance, and his terrible congressional tesimony that he juiced like a mo-fo? What the heck is really going on here?

    JS January 10, 2007, 3:36 pm
  • …the HOF discussions remind me of the ones we had about gg’s and mvp’s…in the absence of any clear cut eligibility requirements [which wouldn't work anyway], we’ll always have the debate that includes, how many hr’s is enough?, does defense count?, does it matter if you never won 20 games if you won more than 200-something?, does integrity matter?, what about some of the guys who are in that don’t seem to deserve it as much as my favorite candidate?, how do we account for the differences in eras: dead ball, live ball, war, etc.?…
    …there’s a lot of guys i’d like to see get in, but i worry about watering down the honor with too many great, but borderline HOF, players…it would be nice to honor these guys somehow, without actual enshrinement…maybe another tier: “honorable mention”, although that wouldn’t eliminate the debate over hall eligibility, and in fact just give everybody something else to debate: “…this guy’s more ‘honorable mention’ than that guy…”…ugh

    dc January 12, 2007, 9:36 am

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