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Warming up to Rice

Updated: December 28, 2005, 1:23 PM ET
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

For 11 years, I've resisted voting for Jim Rice for the Hall of Fame. This year, I plan to right that wrong. My guess -- indeed, my hope -- is that enough voters will join me and Rice will finally gain entrance to Cooperstown.

It helps that this year's ballot lacks any marquee newcomers. Without any first-time names to check off, voters often reevaluate nominees they've passed over in other years.

More than anyone, Rice stands to benefit from that reassessment. In an era when power ...

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