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Alomar, Larkin highlight new Hall of Fame ballot

Nov 27, 2009, 3:02 PM EDT

alomar larkin.jpgRoberto Alomar, Barry Larkin, Edgar Martinez and Fred McGriff highlight the list of 15 newcomers on the Hall of Fame ballot released on Friday.
Also on the ballot for the first, and likely last, time are Kevin Appier, Ellis Burks, Andres Galarraga, Pat Hentgen, Mike Jackson, Eric Karros, Ray Lankford, Shane Reynolds, David Segui, Robin Ventura and Todd Zeile.
Only the first four newcomers figure to receive the five percent of the vote needed to stay on the ballot for 2011. Perhaps one member of the group will even make it in, though it seems unlikely. Alomar and Larkin are definitely well above the Hall of Fame standards for middle infielders, but both have enough holes in their candidacy that it seems likely they’ll have to wait for enshrinement.
That definitely bodes well for holdover candidates Andre Dawson and Bert Blyleven. With 75 percent needed for enshrinement, Dawson was named on 67 percent of the ballots last year and Blyleven on 62.7 percent.
The other returnees, with their 2009 share of the vote, are: Lee Smith (44.5), Jack Morris (44), Tim Raines (22.6), Mark McGwire (21.9), Alan Trammell (17.4), Dave Parker (15.0), Don Mattingly (11.9), Dale Murphy (11.5) and Harold Baines (5.9).
We’ll have more on all of the new candidates over the next month. The results from the current ballot will be announced Jan. 6.

  1. ericinboston - Nov 27, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    i just wanted to point out that segui admitted to buying/using steroids from radomski so if mcguire and bonds never find their names on an HOF ballot then they’d now, legitimately, have something to crow about.

  2. Matthew S. - Nov 28, 2009 at 8:14 AM

    Mark McGwire (21.9)
    Reading comprehension (low)

  3. Old Gator - Nov 28, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    I have a modest proposal. Let’s have a “Hall of the Steroids Era” wing at Cooperstown, so that the guys who put up the Brobdingagian offensive stats and strikeout totals during the Cansecan Epoch (well, we need to have a geological term for it, don’t we? Some day we’re gonna have to dig it up, you know?) can be inducted but in such a way that their accomplishments can be compared applres-to-apples with their colleagues of the same period. That will also give the architects some time to reorganize the standard hall for when the pee-test era begins and its players start becoming eligible in a few years. As the standards for admitting players become lower and lower (McLemore????), that place has gotten crowded.
    Incidentally, I suggest that Roberto “Spitting Bobby” Alomar’s plaque should depict him with his lips pursed and slightly moist. Speaking of which, why can’t umpires vote?

  4. ericinboston - Nov 28, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    oh jeeze! egg on my face. i wasn’t paying close enough attention.
    i’m silly.

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