I had been complaining to anyone who would listen that the Senate should just seat Roland Burris for three reasons. One, not doing so gave Blogo too much power. Two, the Dems needed to get another vote in there to try to do omething and he gave them one more vote. And finally that confirming him would at leas thut people up about Roland Burris and I wouldn't have to listen to it anymore.
Well, he was seated today, and they are still talking about him.. o intead I will discuss the Hall of Fame voting from earlier this week.
Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice were the two inductees. Both of them are fine choices, in my opinion. Rickey is kind of a jerk, but he' also one of those obviou, no-brainer decisions that makes the BBWAA look bad because he did not go in unanimously. Let me say that anyone who did not vote for Rickey Henderson, career leader in runs scored, steals, etc. should have his vote taken away.
Jim Rice is another matter. His problem is two fold. He did not age well. He aged quickly. Additionally, his stats are discounted because he played in Fenway. My reaction to this is that a lot of other players played in Fenway, and not all of them had 400 total bases in a season. Jim Rice has a problem in that he was not able to stick around and pile on the career totals like 500 home runs and 3,000 hits that usually define a Hall of Famer. On the other hand, he had a lot of big seaons. He had MVP votes in half his seasons. He was a terrific power threat. And, by Jeffrey, he was famous. I'm glad he made it, though, because he was a terrific ballplayer, and now we do not have to listen to a bunch of Bosox fan whine about how he hasn't been let in.
The two guys I was disappointed did not make it this year were Blyleven and Lee Smith. They'll get in eventually.