Former Cincinnati Reds
shortstop and current ESPN analyst Barry Larkin
was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday, getting 86.4 percent of the vote by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
2012 Hall of Fame voting
Barry Larkin was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame Monday on his third appearance on the ballot. A player needs at least 75 percent of the vote to gain election.
|Barry Larkin ||496 ||86.4 |
|Jack Morris ||382 ||66.7 |
|Jeff Bagwell ||321 ||56.0 |
|Lee Smith ||290 ||50.6 |
|Tim Raines ||279 ||48.7 |
|Alan Trammell ||211 ||36.8 |
|Edgar Martinez ||209 ||36.5 |
|Fred McGriff ||137 ||23.9 |
|Larry Walker ||131 ||22.9 |
|Mark McGwire ||112 ||19.5 |
|Don Mattingly ||102 ||17.8 |
|Dale Murphy ||83 ||14.5 |
|Rafael Palmeiro ||72 ||12.6 |
|Others receiving votes: Bernie Williams, 55; Juan Gonzalez, 23; Vinny Castilla, 6; Tim Salmon, 5; Bill Mueller, 4; Brad Radke, 2; Javy Lopez, 1; Eric Young, 1. |
A player needs at least 75 percent to gain election. A 12-time All-Star and the 1995 NL MVP, Larkin got 62.1 percent of the vote last year, falling 75 votes short as Roberto Alomar
and Bert Blyleven were elected.
Jack Morris was next with 382 votes (67 percent), missing by 48 votes on his 13th try but up sharply from 54 percent last year. Jeff Bagwell
was third with 321 votes, followed by Lee Smith (290), Tim Raines (279), Edgar Martinez
(209) and Alan Trammell (211). Mark McGwire
, 10th on the career home run list with 583, received 19.5 percent in his sixth try on the ballot, down from 19.8 percent last year and 23.7 percent in 2010 -- a vote before he admitted using steroids and human growth hormone. Rafael Palmeiro
, who received a 10-day suspension in 2005 for a positive test but is among just four players with 500 homers and 3,000 hits, failed to gain election again, getting 12.6 percent of the vote in his second appearance on the ballot. Bernie Williams
received the most votes among first-time eligibles, with 55. Bill Mueller
got just four votes and will be dropped in future years along with Juan Gonzalez
(23) and Vinny Castilla
Larkin spent his entire major league career with the Reds from 1986-2004, hitting .295 with 198 home runs, 960 RBIs, 2,340 hits and 379 stolen bases. He won three Gold Gloves and the 1990 World Series.
He had hoped to return for a 20th season in 2005 at age 40, but retired after the Reds told him they didn't want him back.
Larkin will be inducted on July 22 at Cooperstown, N.Y., along with the late Ron Santo, elected last month by the Golden Era Committee.
The 2013 ballot figures to be the most controversial, with seven-time MVP Barry Bonds
and seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens
eligible for the first time along with Craig Biggio
, Mike Piazza
, Curt Schilling
and Sammy Sosa
Bonds, Clemens and Sosa have been implicated in the use of performance-enhancing drugs, allegations they have denied.