Picking up 86.4 percent of the vote, former Reds shortstop Barry Larkin was inducted into the Hall of Fame today. He will join Ron Santo, who was previously elected by the veterans committee, in this year’s class.
Jack Morris was the next closest picking up 66.7 percent of the vote. Jeff Bagwell (56%), Lee Smith (50.6%), Tim Raines (48.7%), Alan Trammell (36.8%), and Edgar Martinez (36.5%) rounded out the rest of the players whom had a realistic chance of making it today.
Two other players whom I would have voted for fell well short of the 75 percent needed to get in – they were Fred McGriff (23.9%), Mark McGwire (19.5%).
Former Yankees Don Mattingly (17.8%) and Bernie Williams (9.6%), didn’t even come close, but both will be on the ballot next year.
I think it’s a real shame that more players aren’t getting elected. Bagwell should be in, but unsubstantiated steroid rumors are keeping him out. Raines and Martinez are also deserving, but it seems like the Hall voters are reluctant to vote for more than one or two of the players they feel are most deserving even if there are more than just one or two deserving.
If you go back and look through the players who were elected in by decade, it seems like it used to be much easier to get elected. It might have taken a couple of years, but eventually everybody of importance was included, especially from the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s. Nowadays it seems like there very well could be a long list of players who have to pay like the rest of us to get in the Hall no matter how long they wait.
If you want to see what my ballot would have looked like, click here.