From the 539 eligible Hall of Fame voters, Henderson received 94.8% of the vote. That amounts to 511 ballots. That also means that 28 voters out there determined that Rickey Henderson, the greatest lead-off hitter of all time, wasn't good enough this go-round to be inducted. Well, there must have been some reason. Perhaps his career numbers were lacking?
- 25 seasons, 3,081 games played (4th all-time)
- 1,406 stolen bases (1st all-time)
- 2,295 runs (1st all-time)
- 2,190 walks (2nd all-time)
- 3,055 hits
- 1990 AL MVP
- 2 World Series titles
The real problem I have is that for the Baseball Hall of Fame, voting is anonymous. Votes are tabulated but the ballots are not released. Not one of the 28 holdouts has to explain himself, why a stupid "tradition" trumps simple logic, or why he thought Rickey Henderson didn't qualify for the Hall of Fame.