When will another Ray make the Hall of Fame?

by Gary Shelton on January 7, 2016 · 1 comment

in general, Tampa Bay Rays

Longoria will need push to reach the Hall./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Longoria will need push to reach the Hall./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Wednesday, 5:45 a.m.

The Hall of Fame doesn't happen here. Not anymore. Not a career's worth, anyway.

If you found a smile to match Ken Griffey Jr.'s on Tuesday when he was a near-unanimous selection to the Hall, or one for Mike Piazza, the tough-hitting catcher, that was good. It's getting hard to find keepers in baseball these days what with all of the PEDs and gambling/lying scandals. These days, you take immortality where you can find it.

But will it ever happen here again?

Will the Rays ever have more than a small piece of a Hall of Famer?

Oh, the Rays claimed a bit of the Hall of Fame for themselves when Wade Boggs was elected back in 2005. True, most of Boggs' greatness was spent in Boston, with a stop in New York, but that didn't seem

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Cecil DeBald January 7, 2016 at 7:33 am

The lament of the small market team. I’m not a big HOF fan, not big on any award that is voted on rather than based on measurable achievement, but we’ll only smell the HOF with a Boggs or a Price, early or late career, unless someone like Longo opts to stay here and turns out to have the right stuff for the voters. You have to enjoy the boys when there are here, cheer them like crazy, and wish them Godspeed when they leave…which they will.

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