Monday, July 30, 2007

Ripken and Gwynn enter Hall

Two-time Most Valuable Player Cal Ripken Jr. and eight-time batting champion Tony Gwynn were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. Commissioner Bud Selig and a record crowd came to cheer them and all that was good about the game. In the vote months prior, Ripken received 98.5 percent of the vote, third-highest in the history of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, when he was elected earlier this year, while Gwynn's percentage of 97.6 ranks as seventh. "Today, my friend Tony Gwynn and I officially become members of the Hall of Fame," Ripken said, "and I congratulate Tony for all that he has achieved. "But this day, and all it represents, shouldn't be just about us. Today is about celebrating the best that baseball has been, and the best it can be."

I realize that to make it into Cooperstown, you require 75% of the votes, but when did the not having a neck requirement get passed?

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