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2012 Baseball Hall of Fame voting breakdown

Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:19 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2012 4:34 pm
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By Matt Snyder


Barry Larkin was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame with 86.4 percent of the vote. The results of the BBWAA votes were revealed Monday afternoon, and Larkin was the only player garnering the required 75 percent of the vote for enshrinement.

There were 573 total ballots, but nine were left blank. Players may remain on the ballot for 15 years, unless they fall below the five percent barrier in voting. Those who get less than five percent of the vote will be removed from the ballot prior to next year's vote.

Here's a total breakdown of how the voting went for the other 26 candidates. First, these guys will remain on the ballot moving forward:

Jack Morris - 382 votes (66.7 percent)
Jeff Bagwell - 321 (56)
Lee Smith - 290 (50.6)
Tim Raines - 279 (48.7)
Edgar Martinez - 209 (36.5)
Alan Trammell - 211 (36.8)
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)
Bernie Williams - 55 (9.6)

Hall of Fame ballot
Now, the following players will be removed from the ballot, as they didn't get five percent of the vote:

Juan Gonzalez - 23 votes (four percent)
Vinny Castilla - 6 (1)
Tim Salmon - 5 (0.9)
Bill Mueller - 4 (0.5)
Brad Radke - 2 (0.3)
Javy Lopez - 1 (0.2)
Eric Young - 1 (0.2)
Jeromy Burnitz - 0
Brian Jordan - 0
Terry Mulholland - 0
Phil Nevin - 0
Ruben Sierra - 0
Tony Womack - 0

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Comments

Since: Jun 24, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2012 6:13 pm
 

2012 Baseball Hall of Fame voting breakdown

You know what's the scariest thing about this voting?  The fact that Jack Morris got 66.7% of the vote.  The guy had a career ERA+ of 105 (And that's ballpark adjusted.)  That's 5% better than average which means that he was a totally mediocre pitcher for most of his long career. He had his moments but he shouldn't be anywhere this near to the Hall of Fame.



Since: Dec 7, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2012 6:13 pm
 

2012 Baseball Hall of Fame voting breakdown

Here is why the Hall of Fame balloting is a joke.... Bill Mueller got 4 votes, Eric Young got a vote... Really 5 people thought they belong with the like of Clemente, Ruth, Gehrig...really ??????
These guys hsould have their voting privedges revoked.... What a Joke !!!  I would love to hear their reasoning why ??? And Im willing to bet you most of these guys haven't been to a game in 10 years either.....



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:53 pm
 

2012 Baseball Hall of Fame voting breakdown

Say what you will about some of these guys who fell short, but remember that some of these BBWAA clowns voted to put Bill mueller, Javi lopez and Vinny Castilla in the hall, and some of them DIDN'T vote for Ted Williams or Hank Aaron..




Since: Dec 18, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:51 pm
 

2012 Baseball Hall of Fame voting breakdown

It amazes me that these baseball writers are such a bunch of idiots.



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:47 pm
 

2012 Baseball Hall of Fame voting breakdown


Wow - Morris sucked? Ace of three World Champs, pitched arguably the greatest WS game ever, and won the most games in an entire decade.


Ace of 3 WS champs?  That is a product of the writers imagination.  Look at WHIP and ERA, he was never the ace of any club.  Look at his last postseason appearance (0-3 with a 7.4 ERA on a team that won the WS...what did he do to earn that WS ring?).

He was a good pitcher.  Very good.  Won some big games.  But his numbers, especially ERA and WHIP, and strikeouts, which are the main stat directly related to the pitchers performance, are average at best.  Wins and Losses are a product of the team offense and the defense behind the pitcher.  He never won with a bad team.  Look at Halladay in Toronto.  He dominated with a bad team.  Look at Lefty Carlton in 1972.  Those were/are studs.  Morris lost when he was on a bad team.  Never had a winning record in that situation. 

And does winning the most games in an entire decade really mean dominance?  Name the best pitchers of his era....Carlton, Seaver, Clemens, Ryan, Maddux, Smoltz, Glavine...I am sure that there are others I forgot.  The reason why he won more than them in the 80s is that he was the only one that pitched in the entire 80s.  But at their best, in their prime, was he as good as any of them?  He just was fortunate to have his prime in the middle of the 80s and have started before 1980 and last into the 90s to get that silly tag of winningest pitcher of the 80s.  But if you were building a team from the 80s you would start with the list of Cy Youngs from that era and seen Frank Viola has 2 Cy Youngs, Saberhagen has 1 or 2, Maddux a few....where is Morris'?  If he was so dominant, where was his?

Morris was a nice pitcher on some great teams.  But he was never a great pitcher and that is why the voters again got it right by not putting him in the Hall.



Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:35 pm
 

2012 Baseball Hall of Fame voting breakdown

Where's the love for Bagwell?

The guy was a beast in an era where steroids were plentiful.

I can't believe that Larkin is voted in, and Alan Trammell sits waiting.    



Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:34 pm
 

2012 Baseball Hall of Fame voting breakdown

tripleight...you're a tool alright. Edgar absolutely deserves to be there - the BEST hitter for 10 years deserves to be there, period. Ask his peers- the pitchers of his era would much rather pitch to anyone in that lineup - including Griffey and Rodriguez when they were together. The HOF voting is a joke and a waste of time.  The only reason Edgar was a DH is BECAUSE THE POSITION IS THERE, idiot. Edgar could have milked it out at 3rd for a few years, and would have been a fine 1st baseman (a move that MANY others have made of over the years) but he didn't have to. The M's penciled him in at DH....and he was the best ever at that position. The best ever (or even the BEST at that position for his career) deserves to be in. Simple.



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:32 pm
 

2012 Baseball Hall of Fame voting breakdown

Jeff Bagwell is a HOF'er.  Not in the Mitchell Report and not in Canseco's book.  Just because the guy was big doesn't mean he took steroids.  Does this mean Piazza won't get in next year?  He was big and put up monster numbers at the catcher position.  Bagwell for HOF...Piazza too.



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:32 pm
 

2012 Baseball Hall of Fame voting breakdown

Wow - Morris sucked? Ace of three World Champs, pitched arguably the greatest WS game ever, and won the most games in an entire decade.



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:28 pm
 

2012 Baseball Hall of Fame voting breakdown

Do you guys remember an article on CBS a few weeks back that said something like "Williams and Mueller lead 2012 Hall of Fame Class".  I'm glad to see that some of the voters have much more sense than the CBS writer that put up a ridiculous headline like that.
  That was an Associated Press article. Please don't blame us!

- Matt


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