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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

2007 BBTF HOF Results: Ripken, Gwynn, Blyleven, Trammell and Gossage!

In his first year of eligibility, iron-man shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr. was selected by the BBTF electorate unanimously.

San Diego legend Tony Gwynn was also picked by 100% of our voters.

Curveball specialist Bert Blyleven found his way on easily more than the required number ballots again for the third straight year with a strong 87%, though that was down from his 96% in 2005 and 2006.

Standout shortstop Alan Trammell was the fourth BBTF HOF pick with his 84%, up from 79% in 2005 and 81% in 2006.

Last but not least, intimidating fireman Goose Gossage earned 82% of the electorate’s vote, though slipping again in support (he had 93% in 2005 and 87% in 2006).

Supreme power hitter Mark McGwire missed with 69% of all ballots in his first year of eligibility. He was hurt by many protest non-votes, which cost him a near-unanimous vote.

Rounding out the top-ten were: Andre Dawson, Albert Belle, Dale Murphy and Tommy John.

New candidates Dante Bichette, Bobby Bonilla, Scott Brosius, Jay Buhner, Ken Caminiti, Eric Davis, Wally Joyner, Paul O’Neill, Devon White and Bobby Witt received no votes.

111 voters participated in our exercise, 9 more from 2006.

How will the BBWAA compare?

Thanks to everyone who submitted a ballot or joined in the discussion!

RK   LY  Player          Votes
------------------------------
1T  n/e  Tony Gwynn       111
1T  n/e  Cal Ripken, Jr.  111
 3    1  Bert Blyleven     97
 4    3  Alan Trammell     93
 5    2  Goose Gossage     91
------------------------------
 6  n/e  Mark McGwire      77
 7    6  Andre Dawson      32
8T    5  Albert Belle      24
8T   11  Dale Murphy       24
10    8  Tommy John        22
11   10  Lee Smith         17
12T  14T Jack Morris        9
12T   9  Jim Rice           9
14   14T Dave Concepcion    8
15   13  Don Mattingly      7
16   12  Dave Parker        6
------------------------------
17  n/e  Tony Fernandez     5
18  n/e  Harold Baines      4
19  n/e  Bret Saberhagen    3
20  n/e  Jose Canseco       2
21   17  Steve Garvey       1
Dropped Out: Orel Hershiser(16).
Ballots Cast: 111; 84 votes required for election.
Hall of Merit Group
RK   LY  Player          Votes
------------------------------
1T  n/e  Tony Gwynn        43
1T  n/e  Cal Ripken, Jr.   43
 3    1  Bert Blyleven     40
 4    2  Goose Gossage     39
5T  n/e  Mark McGwire      37
5T    3  Alan Trammell     37
------------------------------
 7    6  Andre Dawson      16
 8    5  Albert Belle      14
 9   11  Dale Murphy       12
10    8  Tommy John        11
11   10  Lee Smith          8
12    9  Jim Rice           7
13   12  Dave Parker        6
14   13  Don Mattingly      5
15T  14T Dave Concepcion    4
15T  14T Jack Morris        4
17T n/e  Harold Baines      3
17T n/e  Tony Fernandez     3
17T n/e  Bret Saberhagen    3
-------------------------------
20T n/e  Jose Canseco       1
20T  17  Steve Garvey       1
Ballots Cast: 43; 33 required for election.
John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 09, 2007 at 01:34 AM | 105 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   101. Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: January 12, 2007 at 05:33 AM (#2279106)
Sorry OCF - it was the best one I could I think of!
   102. OCF Posted: January 12, 2007 at 05:44 AM (#2279108)
You'll find that Cardinal fans can be a bit touchy about that one. I'm sure KJOK could confirm that.
   103. sunnyday2 Posted: January 12, 2007 at 02:24 PM (#2279227)
Yeah, and the main criteria to be a ML 1B is to be a failed SS or 3B.
   104. DanG Posted: January 12, 2007 at 03:10 PM (#2279247)
You could make a pretty good case that any post WW-I pitcher is a failed hitter.
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