This was Rice's last chance to be voted into the Hall of Fame by the baseball writers. His attempts started back in 1995 where he was only receiving 20-30% of the votes....but with the steroid era forcing many writers and analyst to reevaluate Jim's numbers, Rice's yes votes continued to climb over the last few years. Last year, he received 72.2 percent of the vote, just 16 shy of the amount needed to get in. Many pointed to his troubled relationship with the media and a sharp drop off in numbers at the tail end of his career as key factors keeping him out of the Hall. Well that all changed today, and I for one am very happy to see him get in. Congrats Jimmy, you deserve it.
Induction ceremonies for will take place Sunday, July 26, in Cooperstown, New York. I can not wait for his speech, it is sure to be interesting, possibly bitter, and make no sense at all at times. That said, Rickey Henderson, who was elected on his first ballot today, is likely to have the speech of all speeches.....I hope he refers to himself in the third person the entire time.