As expected, Goose Gossage was elected to the Hall of Fame. He is the lone member of the class to be elected by the writers.
I'd say that it's about time. Gossage was the very definition of what a Hall of Fame reliever should be in his first 10 years. It looks like Jim Rice is going to get in next year, something that I don't necessarily agree with. Tim Raines only received 24% of the ballot, and seems destined to join Bert Blyleven and Ron Santo on the BP wishlist of HOF members. On the flip side, Jack Morris seems to be getting further away from the Hall, which I personally don't agree with as I think Morris is someone who belongs in the HOF, as his impact goes far beyond his final numbers.
On a less savory note, Mark McGwire recieved the same vote total in this year as last. While I don't agree with people who say that he's not a HOF caliber player at any rate, I do think it is the right move by the writers to keep him out.
Kudos to the Goose and welcome to the Hall of Fame!
118 votes total