Rice And Dawson Stand In Line
Written by Fred Mitchell   
Tuesday, 02 December 2008

The Hall of Fame ballot includes some heavy hitters, but no members of the 500 Home Run Club.

Former sluggers Jim Rice and Andre Dawson are holdovers on the list. A candidate must receive 75 percent of the vote from members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, of which I am a member. Rice received 72.2 percent of the votes last year. Dawson picked up 65.9 percent. Results of the voting will be released Jan. 12.


Rice hit 382 career home runs. He also had a .298 career batting average over 16 seasons with Boston. Dawson belted 438 to go along with a .279 batting average over 21 seasons with Montreal, the Chicago Cubs, Boston and Florida.


This year’s list also includes 10 first-time candidates such as all-time steals leader Rickey Henderson, who played 25 seasons with nine teams. Former Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Mark Grace also appears on the ballot for the first time. Grace was the major league’s hits leader for the decade of the ‘90s.


Even though they are not members of the 500 Home Run Club, I think this might be the time for Rice and Dawson to be finally enshrined.