Will this be Lee Smith’s year to make the Hall of Fame? Lee racked up 47.3 percent support on the 2009 Hall of Fame ballot. This is his 8th year on the ballot and he is slowly creeping closer to that 15-year eligibility mark. Lee led all of baseball in career saves for 11 years, but Trevor Hoffman just passed him a year ago. Although closers have not been given their due by voters, recently, that trend has changed. The voters have voted in several closers of late — Dennis Eckersley in 2004, Bruce Sutter in 2006 and Goose Gossage in 2008.
Let’s hope 2010 is Smith’s year!!!