how can they consider darryl strawberry for anything but the wasted life hall of fame, he has brought nothing but disrepute to the game of baseball
through his arrests and suspensions, put him in the same boat with pete rose and push them both out to sea
Boggs, Strawberry, McGee on Hall of Fame ballot
November 29, 2004
NEW YORK (AP) -- Five-time AL batting champion Wade Boggs, eight-time All-Star Darryl Strawberry and two-time NL batting champion Willie McGee are
among 12 players who will appear on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time.
Ryne Sandberg, Bruce Sutter, Jim Rice, Andre Dawson and Rich Gossage head the returning players on the ballots, which will be mailed this week to
eligible voters in the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Also among the newcomers announced Monday are three-time All-Star outfielder Chili Davis, 1993 AL Cy Young Award winner Jack McDowell, three-time
All-Star reliever Jeff Montgomery and four-time All-Star pitcher Mark Langston.
Pete Rose, once again, will not be on the ballot because he is on baseball's permanently ineligible list, the result of a 1989 agreement that followed
an investigation of his gambling. Rose, who earlier this year admitted he bet on baseball while managing the Cincinnati Reds in the 1980s, must gain
reinstatement within the next year to appear on the 2006 ballot, the final year he would be eligible for the BBWAA vote.
While Rose applied for reinstatement in 1997, baseball commissioner Bud Selig has not ruled and will not give a timetable for a decision.
Paul Molitor and Dennis Eckersley were elected to the Hall last year, while Sandberg was 71 votes short of the required 75 percent needed for
Boggs, a 12-time All-Star during 18 major league seasons with Boston, the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay, is 23rd on the career list with 3,010 hits,
and he was the only player to homer for his 3,000th hit. He had a .328 career average and set an AL record by reaching 200 hits for seven straight
seasons, and won two Gold Gloves at third base.
McGee, a four-time All-Star outfielder, was a .295 career hitter with 2,254 hits and 352 steals
Strawberry hit 335 homers during a 17-year major league career with the New York Mets and Yankees, Los Angeles and San Francisco. He was suspended
from baseball in 1995 and 2000 for testing positive for coc aine and in 1999 following an arrest on a possession charge. He served 11 months in
prison in 2002-03 for violating probation on a coc aine possession charge.
Voting ends Dec. 31, and the results will be announced Jan. 4. Writers who have been members of the BBWAA for 10 consecutive years or more are
eligible for vote.
The complete ballot (x-first time eligible): x-Jim Abbott, Bert Blyleven, x-Wade Boggs, x-Tom Candiotti, Dave Concepcion, x-Chili Davis, Andre Dawson,
Steve Garvey, Rich Gossage, Tommy John, x-Mark Langston, Don Mattingly, x-Jack McDowell, x-Willie McGee, x-Jeff Montgomery, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy,
x-Otis Nixon, Dave Parker, x-Tony Phillips, Jim Rice, Ryne Sandberg, Lee Smith, x-Terry Steinbach, x-Darryl Strawberry, Bruce Sutter, Alan Trammell.