What were 28 idiots thinking?

Rickey Henderson, the greatest leadoff hitter of all time, was voted into Cooperstown today which is a no-brainer.

Or it should be a no-brainer unless you're one of the 28 voters who didn't even put Henderson on your Hall of Fame ballot.

Henderson received 511 out of a possible 539 votes to enter the Hall (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090112&content_id=3740171&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb).

Tony Gwynn, an utterly one-dimensional player, got 97.6 percent of the vote in 2007 but an all-around dominant star like Henderson only got 94.8 percent of the vote.  What a joke.

Somewhere out there 28 people who think Frank Caliendo is hilarious, 7-Eleven's cheeseburger bites are tasty, the world is flat, the sun revolves around the earth and "Ishtar" and "Gigli" were great movies also think that Henderson's body of work just doesn't make the cut.

Smart money says some of those 28 voters cast a Hall of Fame ballot for the immortal Jesse Orosco (1 vote) and the unstoppable Jay Bell (2 votes).

Fortunately the newspaper industry is sinking like a rock so there's a good chance that a handful of the 28 idiots who decided that Henderson didn't deserve as much respect as Orosco and Bell will be handed pink slips in the next few months.

Congratulations Rickey on making it into Cooperstown but you deserved far better than 94.8 percent of the vote.


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