Goose Gossage was finally elected to the Hall of Fame! Good job; I think for a while voters were only looking at his save totals (310), which were overshadowed by more recent pitchers who got their saves only pitching one inning at a time. Gossage was possibly the most feared pitcher of his day and had a remarkable number of long saves:
In his career, Gossage had 193 saves of more than one inning, 126 saves of two-plus innings and 25 saves of three-plus innings. He earned a three-inning save in his final major-league appearance.While they ultimately let the right guys in most of the time, I don't quite understand the rationale behind the year-to-year changes in the BBWAA voting. Gossage didn't pitch an inning between 2003, when he appeared on 42.1% of the ballots, and today, when he more than doubled that to win induction to the HOF. If he's a Hall of Famer now, then he was a Hall of Famer eight years ago when he was first eligible. A certain amount of changes in opinion over time are to be expected, but the changes from year to year are vast.
One guy whose vote totals didn't change, though, was Mark McGwire. I have to wonder if something of the boost Jim Rice and Andre Dawson got this year was the recognition that they performed their slugging feats in the days before steroids.
BONUS: Googling "Gossage moustache" got me to the MLB Facial Hair Hall of Fame.