Goose Gossage was first eligible for induction in the 2000 balloting, and received less than 34% of the votes of the BBWAA (75% are required for induction).
His support has steadily increased, with his showing in the 2007 balloting of 71.2% his best yet. No previous candidate has ever received that high percentage of votes without
being inducted on a subsequent ballot.
Gossage's failure to be elected thus far is often attributed to a lack of appreciation of the role of the closer, a relatively recent
innovation in baseball strategy. The induction of Bruce Sutter in 2006 made Sutter only the third closer in the Hall after Rollie Fingers and Dennis Eckersley, and Gossage is widely
seen as the next in line.
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