Fenway didn't help Rice? Preposterous
As you might have heard, among the 15 holdovers from last year's ballot, only two got a higher percentage this time around: Gossage and Dave Concepcion.
Concepcion moved from 12.5 percent to 13.6 percent. Not much news there. But among the legitimate candidates? Only Gossage gained even a smidgen, and he actually gained a bit more than that; he picked up 52 more votes to move from 64 to 72 percent. Given the general tendency for holdovers to gain support in years that don't feature sure-thing first-timers, Gossage apparently is a lock next year, when the top first-timer is Tim Raines, who will (unfairly) receive (at best) middling support. Why did Gossage move up this year? This is just one man's theory, but I think it's because a number of voters realized it's patently indefensible to vote for Bruce Sutter one year, but not Gossage the next.