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2008 Hall of Fame Election

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The 2008 Hall of Fame Election was announced on January 8, 2008. Candidates needed to receive 408 of a possible 543 votes. Candidates who received less than 28 votes were dropped from future consideration. Dave Concepcion was also dropped after failing to be elected in his 15th year on the ballot.

Player Votes Percentage Year on the Ballot Result
Rich Gossage 466 85.8 9th ELECTED
Jim Rice 392 72.2 14th
Andre Dawson 358 65.9 7th
Bert Blyleven 336 61.9 11th
Lee Smith 235 43.3 6th
Jack Morris 233 42.9 9th
Tommy John 158 29.1 14th
Tim Raines 132 24.3 1st
Mark McGwire 128 23.6 2nd
Alan Trammell 99 18.2 7th
Dave Concepcion 88 16.2 15th Dropped
Don Mattingly 86 15.8 8th
Dave Parker 82 15.1 12th
Dale Murphy 75 13.8 10th
Harold Baines 28 5.2 2nd
Rod Beck 2 .4 1st Dropped
Travis Fryman 2 .4 1st Dropped
Robb Nen 2 .4 1st Dropped
Shawon Dunston 1 .2 1st Dropped
Chuck Finley 1 .2 1st Dropped
David Justice 1 .2 1st Dropped
Chuck Knoblauch 1 .2 1st Dropped
Todd Stottlemyre 1 .2 1st Dropped
Jose Rijo 0 0 1st Dropped
Brady Anderson 0 0 1st Dropped

[edit] Veterans Committee

A new incarnation of the Veterans Committee took hold in 2008. Gone were the votes of all living Hall of Famers and in was a sixteen man committee to select inductees from four ballots: Pre 1943 players, Post 1943 players, Umpires & Managers and Executives. Pre 1943 players would be voted on every five years, post 1943 players in odd years, and off-field personnel in even years. For 2008 this meant that it was a off-field personnel election. 16 ballots were cast for managers & umpires and 12 for executives, meaning 12 and 9 votes were needed to get elected. If a person received less than 3 votes their actual total was not announced.

[edit] Managers & Umpires

Player Votes Percentage Result
Billy Southworth 13 81.3 ELECTED
Dick Williams 13 81.3 ELECTED
Doug Harvey 11 68.8
Whitey Herzog 11 68.8
Danny Murtaugh 6 37.5
Hank O'Day 4 25.0
Davey Johnson <3 <18.8
Billy Martin <3 <18.8
Gene Mauch <3 <18.8
Cy Rigler <3 <18.8

[edit] Executives

Person Votes Percentage Result
Barney Dreyfuss 10 83.3 ELECTED
Bowie Kuhn 10 83.3 ELECTED
Walter O'Malley 9 75.0 ELECTED
Ewing Kauffman 5 41.7
John Fetzer 4 33.3
Bob Howsam 3 25.0
Marvin Miller 3 25.0
Gabe Paul <3 <25.0
Buzzie Bavasi <3 <25.0
John McHale <3 <25.0
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