Congratulations to pitcher Bruce Sutter on becoming the first reliever-and-nothing-else elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Commiserations are in order for Jim Rice, Goose Gossage, Andre Dawson and Bert Blyleven, all of whom missed out.

There wasn’t nearly enough Solpadine in the car today for me to endure Kevin Kennedy and Rob Dibble’s thoughts on the subject, as heard on XM’s Home Plate channel. Suffice to say, Kennedy thinks that Rice, Gossage and Dale Murphy are all deserving. Dibs would like to see more relievers recognized (there’s a shocker).

Neither had any sort of scheme in place for lowering the minimum number of votes required to gain election, nor any sort of renovation plans in mind for the National Baseball Hall Of Fame And Museum if the facility is expected to induct a dozen new members every year. But perhaps they were saving that for tomorrow’s show.