McGwire didn't belong in 2007 HOF class, website voters say
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January 29, 2007 - Hall of Fame voters made the right decision in not electing Mark McGwire to the Class of 2007, according to eight in 10 voters at RockfordRiverHawks.com.

Ten-year members of the Baseball Writers Association of America cast their votes, largely against McGwire, last fall. Results were announced earlier this month, and McGwire fell far short of the 75 percent approval needed for induction. McGwire, the onetime single-season home-run king, is now dogged by accusations that he used performance-enhancing substances while with the Oakland A's and St. Louis Cardinals.

Just 30 of 146 voters (21 percent) in informal voting at our website thought McGwire should have joined Cal Ripken, Jr. and Tony Gwynn this summer in Cooperstown. The extreme opposite opinion - that McGwire is not HOF-worthy - is held by just 25 percent of voters.

The majority of voters are taking moderate approaches. About 49 percent want to take a wait-and-see approach on whether or not the allegations against McGwire are true. And nine voters - six percent - hold the old-school view that nobody should be elected to the Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility, which was the case for McGwire, Ripken and Gwynn, the marquee players on this year's ballot.


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