This time around had to be particularly difficult for Jim Rice to swallow. The Hall of Fame inductees were announced just a short while ago and for the 14th year in a row Jim Rice is on the outside looking in. Rice recieved 72.2% of the vote falling just 2.8% short from baseball immortality. And if I'm not mistaken, this is the highest amount of votes a player has ever received without actually getting inducted. I tip my cap to Goose Gossage on his induction, however I can't help but feel for Rice right now.
I'm going to make a promise to myself to put a full-court press on for Jim Rice to make the Hall next year. My voice is small, but I'd do anything to help Rice get that final 2.8% on his final year of eligibility. It'd be like a walk-off HR in the bottom of the 9th.
With all the allegations coming out about the rampant use of steroids a player like Jim Rice should be held in that much higher of esteem. This is a guy who was no doubt clean, and heck, probably would have benefited a massive amount if he took steroids in the twilight of his career. This is a guy who'd break bats with check swings, and he basically fell off the face of the earth towards the end of his career. If he took steroids in his later years (COUGH COUGH, ROGER CLEMENS, COUGH COUGH!!!) homeboy would already have his very own plaque in Upstate New York.
Again, congrats to Gossage, but boo to those who left Rice off of their ballot, you got it wrong.......again.