Wade Boggs and Ryne Sandberg were elected to the Hall of Fame today, two very deserving inductions. Goose Gossage and Bert Blyleven, two very deserving players, received 55% and 41%, respectively. Jim Rice and Andre Dawson, also good candidates for the Hall, both received over 40% of the vote.
For reasons I can’t fathom, Bruce Sutter came in third, at 67%. Sutter was obviously a great reliever, and absolutely unhittable in 1977 (maybe the best year I ever witnessed by a reliever). But he pitched only 1,042 innings in his career, with only 168 Win Shares. I don’t know if that’s the lowest total of any Hall of Famer, but it is close. Let’s hope the voters come to their senses by next year.
For your edification, I have posted a list of all Hall of Fame players and their Win Shares totals at baseball graphs.