Cal Ripken Jr captured 98.53% of the votes to get elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame today. Joining him will be Tony Gwynn who got 97.6% of the votes. Both men were predicted to be easy shoe-ins into the 2007 HoF.
Rich “Goose” Gossage was short of the necessary 75% with 71.2% of the ballots being cast in his favor. The Cubs’ Andre Dawson and Lee Smith received 56.7% and 39.8% respectively.
Slugger Mark McGwire fell well short of the requirement with only 23.5% of the votes.
The Veteran’s results will be announced February 27, 2007. Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for July 29 in Cooperstown, New York.
In other news, Cubs radio broadcaster Ron Santo did not make the finals for the Ford C. Frick award. The White Sox’s Ken Harrelson is among the ten nominees.
Spring training report date is February 14 for the Cubs when the pitchers and the catchers are due to report. All other players are to report by February 19 with the first all-team work-out on February 20.