The nowhere-close-to-Cooperstown club

Aaron Sele

Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Aaron Sele was with the Red Sox from 1993-1997.

Former Red Sox pitcher Aaron Sele received one vote in his only appearance on the Hall of Fame ballot last week.

But he has plenty of company in the one-and-done club, including four fellow Sox hurlers who also failed to meet the 5% threshold to stay on the ballot in their first try at Cooperstown.


A look at the ex-Red Sox pitchers who didn’t meet that mark, and an explanation of why they aren’t Cooperstown-material:

Aaron Sele, 1 vote in 2013

Did his best work with Texas and Seattle, including a 19-win season with Rangers in 1998. Went 38-33 in five seasons with Red Sox.

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Forget Cooperstown: Career 4.61 ERA and 1.491 WHIP.

Bruce Hurst, 1 vote in 2000

Lefthander finished with 88 wins for the Red Sox, one fewer than Babe Ruth. Tossed 54 complete games in nine seasons in Boston.

Forget Cooperstown: Allowed 9.2 hits per nine IP for career.

Bill Campbell, 1 vote in 1993


Went 17-5 with 20 saves for Twins in 1976, then went 13-9 with 31 saves in first season with Red Sox. Averaged more than 137 IP over four-year period (1974-77).

Forget Cooperstown: Career derailed by arm injuries beginning in ’78.

Mike Torrez, 1 vote in 1990

Won 185 games in 18 seasons, including 20 with the Orioles in 1975. Won 16 games for ’78 Sox. Pretty good year, except for that one pitch to Bucky Dent.

Forget Cooperstown: Walks per nine innings (4.1) nearly same as K’s (4.2).

Sonny Siebert, 1 vote in 1981

Double-digit wins in four straight seasons with Sox (1969-72). Finished 140-114 with a 3.21 ERA in 12 seasons.

Forget Cooperstown: Only topped 200 IP four times.

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