Rice doesn't belong in Hall
December, 27, 2007
Dan Shaughnessy's revealed his Hall of Fame ballot. He's voting for Rich Gossage and Bert Blyleven, which is mighty enlightened of him. I wish Alan Trammell and Tim Raines were on the list, too. But Shaughnessy apparently hails from the less-is-more school, and I wish there were more voters like him. He's also voting for Jim Rice and believes (as I do) that Rice will finally be elected this time.
Two years ago, Rice received more votes than any player who didn't earn enshrinement, but last year his chances diminished because of the introduction of new candidates Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn. The best new names on this year's ballot are Tim Raines and David Justice. Rice beats both. ...