Henderson, Rice Elected to Hall of Fame

Rickey Henderson, who's last Major League stop was a brief one with the Dodgers in 2003, was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on his first ballot with 94.8 percent of the votes cast by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Henderson, considered the greatest leadoff hitter in the history of baseball and who the all-time steals leader, will be joined in Cooperstown by Jim Rice, who was in his final year of eligibility. Rice (76.4 percent), who fell 16 votes short in 2008, cleared the 75 percent threshold required for election to the HOF by earning 412 votes, seven over the 405 (of 539) needed.

He is the 44th Dodgers player to be selected for the hall of fame and the first since Gary Carter and Eddie Murray made it in 2003. In addition, seven managers/coaches have been selected, four executives, including Walter O'Malley last year, and four broadcasters.

Former Dodgers left-hander Tommy John, also on the ballot for the last time, received 31.7 percent of the votes (171) and has finished his 15-year tenure. He received 29.1 percent in 2008.

Players may remain on the ballot for up to 15 years provided they receive at least 5 percent of the vote each year. John will now be eligible for the Veterans Committee voting on players whose careers began in 1943 or later when it gathers again in 2010.

Nine players didn't receive enough votes to return to the ballot next year, including former Dodger Jesse Orosco, Mark Grace, David Cone, Matt  Williams, Mo Vaughn, Jay Bell, Ron Gant, Dan Plesac and Greg Vaughn. Gant, Plesac and Vaughn didn't receive any votes.

The final 2008 voting:

	      Votes	 Pct
Ricky Henderson	511	94.8%
Jim Rice	412	76.4%
Andre Dawson	361	67.0%
Bert Blyleven	338	62.7%
Lee Smith	240	44.5%
Jack Morris 	237	44.0%
Tommy John	171	31.7%
Tim Raines	122	22.6%
Mark McGwire	118	21.9%
Alan Trammell	 94	17.4%
Dave Parker	 81	15.0%
Don Mattingly	 64	11.9%
Dale Murphy	 62	11.5%
Harold Baines	 32	 5.9%
Mark Grace	 22	 4.1%
David Cone	 21	 3.9%
Matt Williams	  7	 1.3%
Mo Vaughan	  6	 1.1%
Jay Bell	  2	 0.4%
Jesse Orosco	  1	 0.2%
Ron Gant	  0	 0.0%
Dan Plesac	  0	 0.0%
Greg Vaughan	  0	 0.0%

 2007 top 10:	Votes	 Pct
Goose Gossage	 466	85.8%
Jim Rice	 392	72.2%
Andre Dawson	 358	65.9%
Bert Blyleven	 336	61.9%
Lee Smith	 235	43.3%
Jack Morris	 233	42.9%
Tommy John	 158	29.1%
Tim Raines	 132	24.3%
Mark McGwire	 128	23.6%
Alan Trammell	  99	18.2%

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