Vote is in -- anybody understand it?
I keep looking at the numbers that just rolled in from Hall of Fame Election Central.They can't be right. Unless my calculator's busted, those numbers are telling me that 28 voters cast ballots that did not include the name of Rickey Henderson. What the heck? Did I really just say 28? Stupefying. Embarrassing. Inexcusable. But at least it's great news for Corky Simpson, the retired writer from Tucson, Ariz., who has been getting hammered by much of North America for admitting in a column that he didn't vote for Henderson because he's "not a Rickey guy." Corky, you're off the hook, pal. You've got lots of company. Too much company. OK, so of the other 27 voters who couldn't find Rickey's box to check, two of those ballots were blank steroid protests. But that still leaves 25 voters with other agendas. And while I'm not normally in the business of lecturing people on how to vote, let me say this to those 25 voters: You all need to think long and hard about why you're even participating in these elections. If you're not voting for Rickey Henderson, you've been watching the wrong sport. Seriously, by what standard is this man NOT a Hall of Famer? He scored more runs than any player in the history of baseball.
|Read Jayson Stark's piece on Rickey Henderson in Spanish on ESPNdeportes.com.|
HALL OF FAME 2009
Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice will make up the 2009 Hall of Fame class. Henderson was voted into the Hall in his first time on the ballot and Rice gained admission in his final time: