Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Congratulations, Bruce!

In earlier posts, I predicted that relief would be coming to the Hall of Fame in the form of Bruce Sutter and Goose Gossage. As it turns out, I was only half right.

Bruce Sutter was announced today as the newest member of baseball's most exclusive club. Sutter, who save 300 saves in his career, is the first pitcher to ever be elected to the HOF without ever starting a game.

The former Cardinal, Cub and Brave will hold a press conference tomorrow at the HOF. The cap Sutter will wear will be determined by the Hall and will be announced during the press conference.

The next closest nominees were Jim Rice (64.8%), Rich "Goose" Gossage (64.6%), Andre Dawson (61.0%) and Bert Blyleven (53.3%). All-time saves leader Lee Smith garnered 45% of the votes.

It was believed that this was the best chance Sutter, Gossage and Smith would have to make it into the Hall because there were no obvious HOF candidates. Although Sutter made the grade this year, it's going to be tougher for the others next year with former players like Cal Ripkin, Jr., Tony Gwynn and Mark McGwire in their first year on the ballot.


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