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    2008 Hall of Fame Ballot released

    2008 Hall of Fame ballot
    Players on this year's ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Election results will be announced Jan. 8, 2008:
    • Brady Anderson
    • Harold Baines
    • Rod Beck
    • Bert Blyleven
    • Dave Concepcion
    • Andre Dawson
    • Shawon Dunston
    • Chuck Finley
    • Travis Fryman
    • Rich "Goose" Gossage
    • Tommy John
    • David Justice
    • Chuck Knoblauch
    • Don Mattingly
    • Mark McGwire
    • Jack Morris
    • Dale Murphy
    • Robb Nen
    • Dave Parker
    • Tim Raines
    • Jim Rice
    • Jose Rijo
    • Lee Smith
    • Todd Stottlemyre
    • Alan Trammell


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    NEW YORK -- Tim Raines and David Justice head 11 first-time candidates on the baseball writers' 2008 Hall of Fame ballot, joining Mark McGwire, Rich Gossage, Jim Rice and 11 other holdovers.

    McGwire, his candidacy hurt by suspicions of steroids use, was selected on just 23.5 percent of ballots when he was eligible for the first time in 2007.

    When Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn were elected in January, Gossage fell 21 votes shy of the necessary 75 percent and Rice was 63 votes short.

    Rice is on the ballot for the 14th time and Gossage for the ninth. Players can be on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot for up to 15 years.

    Gossage's percentage increased from 64.6 in 2006 to 71.2 in 2007, while Rice's declined from 64.6 to 63.5. The highest percentage for a player who wasn't elected in a later year was 63.4 by Gil Hodges in 1983, his final time on the ballot.

    Raines was a seven-time All-Star who played 23 seasons and batted .294 with 2,605 hits and 808 steals, fifth on the career list. He was the 1986 NL batting champion.

    Justice was the 1990 NL Rookie of the Year and a three-time All-Star. He had a .279 average, 305 homers and 1,017 RBIs in 14 seasons.

    Brady Anderson, Rod Beck, Shawon Dunston, Chuck Finley, Travis Fryman, Chuck Knoblauch, Robb Nen, Jose Rijo and Todd Stottlemyre also are first-time candidates. The five-year waiting rule was waived for Beck, who died June 23.

    Other holdovers (with their 2007 vote percentages) include Andre Dawson (56.7), Bert Blyleven (47.7), Lee Smith (39.8), Jack Morris 202 (37.1), Tommy John (22.9), Dave Concepcion (13.6), Alan Trammell (13.4), Dave Parker (11.4), Don Mattingly (9.9), Dale Murphy (9.2) and Harold Baines (5.3).

    Rijo retired after the 1995 season and appeared on the 2001 Hall ballot, when he received one vote. He then returned to the major leagues and pitched for Cincinnati in 2001 and 2002, making him eligible to go back on the ballot.

    Reporters who have been in the BBWAA for 10 or more consecutive years are eligible to vote, and the totals will be announced Jan. 8. Rickey Henderson tops the players who will be eligible for the first time on the 2009 ballot.

    Results of balloting for managers, umpires and executives by the newly reconstituted Veterans Committee will be announced Dec. 3 at the winter meetings.
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    Re: 2008 Hall of Fame Ballot released

    My ballot would be:

    Blyleven
    Concepcion
    Dawson
    John
    Morris
    Parker
    Raines
    Rice
    Smith
    Trammell
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    Re: 2008 Hall of Fame Ballot released

    Quote Originally Posted by savafan View Post


    • Bert Blyleven
    • Dave Concepcion
    • Andre Dawson
    • Rich "Goose" Gossage
    • Tim Raines
    • Lee Smith
    • Alan Trammell
    That would be my ballot.

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    Re: 2008 Hall of Fame Ballot released

    Blyleven & Gossage for me.
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    Re: 2008 Hall of Fame Ballot released

    • Bert Blyleven
    • Dave Concepcion
    • Andre Dawson
    • Rich "Goose" Gossage
    • Mark McGwire
    • Tim Raines
    • Lee Smith
    • Alan Trammell
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    Re: 2008 Hall of Fame Ballot released

    • Bert Blyleven
    • Dave Concepcion
    • Andre Dawson
    • Rich "Goose" Gossage
    • Mark McGwire
    • Jack Morris
    • Tim Raines
    • Jim Rice

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    Re: 2008 Hall of Fame Ballot released

    Might be the year for Rice and Gossage, since only Raines is the stellar first ballot guy.

    Here's my ballot:

    Concepcion
    Raines
    Trammell
    Dawson
    Blyleven

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    Re: 2008 Hall of Fame Ballot released

    I thought Rijo appeared on the ballot already, then came back. Am I imagining that?

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    Re: 2008 Hall of Fame Ballot released

    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph View Post
    I thought Rijo appeared on the ballot already, then came back. Am I imagining that?
    You missed this from the story:

    Rijo retired after the 1995 season and appeared on the 2001 Hall ballot, when he received one vote. He then returned to the major leagues and pitched for Cincinnati in 2001 and 2002, making him eligible to go back on the ballot.
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    Re: 2008 Hall of Fame Ballot released

    Bert Blyleven is the one I can never figure out why he has never been inducted.

    Blyleven
    Gossage
    Trammell
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    Re: 2008 Hall of Fame Ballot released

    Quote Originally Posted by redsmetz View Post
    You missed this from the story:
    D'oh!

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    Re: 2008 Hall of Fame Ballot released

    • Bert Blyleven
    • Dave Concepcion
    • Andre Dawson
    • Rich "Goose" Gossage
    • Tommy John
    • Tim Raines
    • Jim Rice
    • Lee Smith
    • Alan Trammell

    Kind of a weak bunch eligible this year. That might help the likes of Concepcion, Blyleven and Goose make it in this year.
    Last edited by MrCinatit; 11-26-2007 at 09:26 PM.

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    Re: 2008 Hall of Fame Ballot released

    If Concepcion makes it, Trammel would HAVE to make it.


    I'm at:

    Bert Blyleven
    Dave Concepcion
    Rich "Goose" Gossage
    Alan Trammell
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    Re: 2008 Hall of Fame Ballot released

    Blyleven
    Concepcion
    Gossage
    McGwire
    Murphy
    Raines
    Trammell

    Tim Raines is arguably among the top 10 left fielders of all-time. The fact that he'll likely have a tough time making it in will be sad.
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    Re: 2008 Hall of Fame Ballot released

    I think that the Baseball HOF should be for dominant forces in baseball. Guys who, just by hearing their names, remind you of seeing their name in the box score and saying "Jeez, I wish he was on our team" or "Thanks God he is on our team." Some of the guys previously named just don't do it for me.

    My names are Jack Morris, Jim Rice, Andre Dawson and Lee Smith. I'd have to give Smith some more thought, but for now he'd be on my ballot.


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