I’m in Austin today, the first day of the 80th Texas Legislature. That means I’m out of pocket until tonight and will be unable to find out who is elected to the Hall of Fame (unless one of my colleagues wants to text the results to me).
There seems nationally to be more excitement around the vote this year — probably because of the McGwire controversy. More relevantly, as YF mentioned, the Sox and Yanks each have a favored candidate who appears to be inching closer to enshrinement. In addition, former Red Sock Andre Dawson is gaining support, as is Bert Blyleven, whose induction as the final eligible member of the 3,000-strikeout club would benefit current Sock Curt Schilling in roughly six years.
For what it’s worth, my ballot is seven players long:
- Tony Gwynn
- Cal Ripken
- Jim Rice
- Bert Blyleven
- Andre Dawson
- Goose Gossage
- Lee Smith
I think Gwynn and Ripken make it easily, but Gossage, Blyleven and Rice will have to wait another year — which won’t be a problem considering the lack of big names on the ’08 ballot. All three will be elected next year. Aw, what the heck. I’ll be a homer — Rice makes it in this year, by the skin of his teeth.
At any rate, consider this your daylong Hall of Fame prognostication/reaction thread. For a quick primer on the borderline candidates, this should do ya.