Rafael Palmeiro on being snubbed by HOF voters
Just spoke to Rafael Palmeiro about being named on just 11 percent of Hall of Fame ballots, meaning only 64 voters felt he deserved first-year induction.
“Not good actually, it’s disappointing, really disappointing that it was only 11 percent,” Palmeiro said in a telephone interview. “I wasn’t expecting to be going in this year with the feedback I have gotten throughout the last few weeks or so. But I thought more voters would look at my overall career and put more emphasis or weight on what I have done and not just on a positive [drug] test at the end of my career. There was a message there to be sent, and it was received.”
He said he thought “maybe 25 percent” of the vote this time “would have been a number more realistic” instead of an 11 percent tally that was 16th overall among candidates. Palmeiro, who had 569 homers and 3,020 hits, finished behind players such as Fred McGriff, Dale Murphy and Don Mattingly.
“I think, obviously, without this stupid test, the positive test, I felt strongly about going in in the first year with 500-plus home runs and 3,000-plus hits,” Palmeiro said. “I think it would have been hard for voters to look at my career and say I should not go in on the first time around.”
Because he was named on more than 5 percent of the ballots, he will be eligible again in 2012 and for 13 years after that, assuming he maintains the 5 percent minimum.
“I am grateful for the 11 percent and that I will stay on the ballot for another year. I’ll go through this process again, and I will probably be disappointed and hurt again. But it is what it is.”
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