Ripken & Gwynn In, Three Dodgers Out
Lovable modern-day ironman Cal Ripken Jr., and just as lovable Tony Gwynn were voted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame today with 537 and 532 votes, respectively, from the Baseball Writers Association of America.
The five extra votes for Ripken somehow say that durability (and, let's face it, a lot of luck) is better than a career .337 average, five gold gloves, and a career high .394 average?
Although he didn't get in, Goose Gossage reached a milestone when he garnered 71% of the 75% needed to enter the Hall. It is a milestone because no player has ever gotten over 70% on a vote and didn't eventually end up enshrined.
Controversial slugger Mark McGwire got 128 votes.
Below him were Dodger stars Tommy John and Steve Garvey (128, 125) and well below them lay Orel Hershiser with just 24 votes.
Devon White, Wally Joyner, and Bobby Witt each got zero votes.
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