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Ex-Citizen columnist calls nonvote mistake

Citizen Staff Writer
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Mike Chesnick

Corky Simpson, the Tucson Citizen’s former sports columnist, wishes he could get his Hall of Fame baseball picks back after leaving all-time steals leader Ricky Henderson off his ballot.

“I screwed up on the Henderson nonvote,” said Simpson, who detailed his choices in a Dec. 10 column for the Green Valley News. “You get to vote on 10 and I only picked eight. I probably did it too quickly.”

No player has ever been a unanimous selection to the Hall of Fame, and the omission caused an Internet uproar when ESPN.com detailed Simpson’s eight picks, including Tim Raines and Matt Williams. Some bloggers compared Simpson’s vote to 1992, when he was the only voter to pick Alabama No. 1 all season in the college football poll. Simpson said this time he just made a mistake. A few more writers could leave Henderson off their ballots when the voting tallies are released Monday. But for now, Simpson must endure the mean-spirited criticism.

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