No Hall of Fame vote for Rickey why?
January, 7, 2009
Well, now we know for sure: Rickey Henderson won't be elected to the Hall of Fame unanimously, because Corky Simpson didn't vote for him. One oddity: Simpson didn't vote for Henderson but did vote for Tim Raines. Now, you know how I feel about Tim Raines. But you also know that Raines, as great as he was, wasn't nearly as great as Rickey Henderson. Another oddity: Simpson couldn't be bothered to explain his non-vote for the greatest leadoff man ever. Here's the only mention:
Others honored with nomination this year who may well be voted into the Hall of Fame include Harold Baines, Jay Bell, David Cone, Ron Gant, Mark Grace, Rickey Henderson, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Jesse Orosco, Dave Parker, Dan Plesac, Lee Smith, Greg Vaughn and Mo Vaughn.
Of those I didn't vote for but wish I could have, Mark McGwire tops the list. One of the greatest sluggers in baseball history, Big Mac broke Roger Maris' record with 70 home runs in 1998 and accumulated an astounding 583 for his career. But there is doubt about whether McGwire's career was chemically enhanced and unless -- and until -- that matter is taken care of, this voter won't mark the ballot for Mark.
Retired Diamondbacks player Matt Williams was named in the long-awaited Mitchell Report on Thursday, along with current stars such as Roger Clemens and Miguel Tejada.
Williams, who is retired, allegedly bought human growth hormone, steroids, syringes, and other drugs from the Palm Beach Rejuvenation Center in 2002, when he was playing with the Diamondbacks, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The orders reportedly were sent to Williams at a business address in Scottsdale, Arizona. The article reported that "Williams' prescriptions were written by the same dentist who prescribed [human] growth hormone for [Paul] Byrd and [Jose] Guillen."