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Jim Rice Misses Hall of Fame Again

Jim Rice (Courtesy of MLB.com)
Jim Rice hopefully will get in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009.(Courtesy of MLB.com)

Red Sox outfielder and legend Jim Rice missed making the Hall of Fame in his 14th year of eligibility, meaning he has one more year of appearing on the HOF ballot.

Rice got 72.2% of the vote (392 votes), which was just short of the 75% needed for enshrinement in the Hall. It is likely that Rice will make the Hall in 2009 now that he is so close to getting in (anyone who has ever had above 70% of the vote on one ballot has eventually made the Hall). The fact that Rice didn’t play in the steroid era should also help his chances for next season.

Rice, however, will be competing with the legendary Rickey Henderson, who will reluctantly be on the ballot because he’d rather still be playing in baseball.

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  1. It would be shame of the highest magnitude if Jim Ed Rice did not get into the HOF next year (2009). He deserves to have his number 14 retired next to Ted Williams, Yaz, Fisk, Doer and Cronin. He is the only African-American to play his entire professional career on the Boston Red Sox. This is a team that sent so many great HOF’s to NY (Robinson, Mays, Ruth) Yes, Jackie Robinson (Dodgers) instead of playing his career in Beantown and Willie (Say Hey) Mays in center. Imagine 1946-55 instead of NY teams. Jim Rice has a destiny and that is to see his record in Cooperstown. Even Goose Gossage said if there was any hitter he feared it was Rice. Godspeed Jim!
    2009 for Rice and Henderson.

    Posted by S.Khalsa | January 8, 2008, 9:43 pm

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