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|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.
Sports of Boston will have more to come as this story develops.