January 1, 2008
NEW YORK (AP) -- After eight years of rejection, Goose Gossage is
finally headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The fireballing right-hander is only the fifth relief pitcher
elected to the shrine in Cooperstown, New York.
Gossage received 466 of 543 votes, or 85.8 percent, from 10-year
members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Jim Rice was passed over yet again, getting 392 votes, or 72.2
percent. That's up from 63.5 percent last year and 16 short of the
75 percent needed. He will appear on the writers' ballot for the
15th and final time next year, when career steals leader Rickey
Henderson will be among the newcomers.
Andre Dawson was third at 65.9 percent, followed by Bert
Blyleven at 61.9 percent.
Mark McGwire, a casualty of the Steroids Era in some writers'
minds, received just 128 votes -- the exact total he had last year.
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