Former Red Sox great Jim Rice came agonizingly close to Hall of Fame induction, but came up just short. Again.
Another of Rice’s contemporaries who had faced close calls in the past, Rich “Goose” Gossage was inducted with 86 percent of the vote. He is the only player inducted into Cooperstown by the Baseball Writers.
Rice received 72.2 percent of the vote, just shy of the 75 percent mark for induction. Also left out were Andre Dawson, Alan Trammell and first-timer Tim Raines.
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