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 BOSTON (AP) -Jim Rice fell short again, by just 16 votes.
Now, the former Boston Red Sox slugger has one chance left to be elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
In his 14th year on the ballot - and perhaps his best opportunity for election - Rice received 392 votes (72.2 percent), up from 346 (63.5 percent) last year but 16 shy of the 75 percent needed. He will appear on the writers' ballot for the final time next year, when career steals leader Rickey Henderson will be among the newcomers.
Relief pitcher Goose Gossage was the only player elected to Cooperstown on Tuesday, when voting results were announced.
Rice, who batted .298 with 382 home runs and 1,451 RBIs from 1974-89, will get one more chance before his fate is put in the hands of the Veterans Committee. Players can remain for 15 years on the ballot distributed to 10-year members of the BBWAA.
Gossage was elected in his ninth try. He fell short by 21 votes last year.
Rice's chances seemed to improve this year because of the lack of exceptional newcomers to the ballot. A player must be retired five years to be eligible.
A message on Rice's cell phone Tuesday afternoon said he was not available.

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