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Who will be inducted into the Hall?

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Just a short prediction on how things will go today when the Hall of Fame inductee(s) is/are announced.  First, here's who has a shot:  1.  Rich "Goose" Gossage:  he was one of the best closers of the 70s and 80s.  Last year he came in with 71.2% of the vote.  This is his ninth year on the ballot.  2.  Jim Rice:  he was a power-hitting outfielder for the Boston Red Sox in the 70s and 80s.  He garnered 63.5% of the vote last year.  This is his fourteenth year on the ballot, which means he next year is his last shot at being voted in by the writers.  3.  Andre Dawson:  he was a power hitter and a Gold Glove outfielder in the late 70s through the 80s.  Last year he received 56.7% of the vote.  This is his seventh year on the ballot.  4.  Bert Blyleven:  he was an outstanding starting pitcher in the 70s and 80s.  He received 47.7% of the vote in 2007.  This is his eleventh year on the ballot.  Now, who do I actually think will come in with enough votes to forever be enshrined in Cooperstown?  I'm going to place my bets on only one inductee this year: Goose Gossage.  The whole process is right up there in my mind with the BCS Bowl Championship Series.  Both can be irrational, illogical and down right irritating.  Has Goose Gossage compiled any additional saves or strikeouts since voting occurred last year?  Nope.  So, why is it that suddenly he has a shot at making it in his ninth year?  And why is it probable that the others listed above won't make it this year, despite all being Hall of Fame quality in this writer's mind?  There's no rhyme or reason.  Bert Blyleven said it best this morning on MLB Home Plate on XM Radio.  Who are these writers to say whether or not these players are Hall of Fame quality?  I'm much more comfortable with the fate of the Hall of Fame being in the hands of former players and coaches than writers who perhaps never played baseball past little league.  How can someone who never played in the Majors judge how hard it is to throw a shutout or steal a base?    Nonetheless, the system we have leaves the fate of these men in the hands of the Baseball Writers Association of America.  I hope they've done the right thing and we see some of these deserving individuals enter the Hall of Fame today.  Best of luck to the nominees!

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