Tom Seaver couldn’t do it. Neither could Nolan Ryan nor Cal Ripken. Ty Cobb came up short, too.
If baseball is ever going to have a unanimous Hall of Fame selection, Rivera ought to be it. This is his last challenge in baseball, the appropriate final touch to a 19-year career defined by greatness.
In 77 years of Hall of Fame balloting, no player has been named on every ballot. Seaver came the closest, getting the votes of 425 of 430 members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America who cast ballots (98.84 percent) in 1992.
Ryan made it onto 491 of 497 ballots (98.79 percent) in 1999, and Ripken, Cobb and George Brett all got better than 98 percent of the vote.
But no one has ever been unanimous.
Could Rivera be the first? Could someone come up with a reason for not voting for him?
Actually, the same question could have been asked of Seaver, Ryan et al. Someone can always find a justification for doing something dumb. Maybe Rivera’s other goal could be beating Seaver’s 98.84 voting percentage.
...Next up: Cooperstown.
He’ll be on the Hall of Fame ballot after the 2018 season, and almost certainly he’ll be inducted the following summer. We don’t get that many chances to celebrate perfection. This should be one.
Posted: September 30, 2013 at 04:10 AM | 91 comment(s)
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