2011 Baseball Hall Of Fame: Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven Elected To Cooperstown

Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven are the latest members of the Hall of Fame.

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2011 Baseball Hall Of Fame Voting Results: Rockies' Larry Walker Has Good Showing

Former Colorado Rockies outfielder Larry Walker appeared on 20.3 percent of ballots in 2011 voting. Walker will remain on the ballot, well surpassing the five percent threshold needed to stay eligible for the Hall of Fame. This is a good first showing for Walker on his first ballot and should gain momentum over the coming years.

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin finished third in the voting (62.1 percent) and could be the inducted in 2012. The Houston Astros' Jeff Bagwell was, like Walker, eligible for the first time and received 41.7 percent of the vote. He will definitely dominate the conversation for the next couple of years among those already eligible for the Hall of Fame.

Mark McGwire's admission of steroid and PED use did not help him gain any votes. In fact, he fell from 23.7 to 19.8 percent this year. Fred McGriff, who fell seven home runs short of 500 in his career, finished right behind McGwire.

Rafael Palmeiro, who told Congress he never used steroid but later tested positive for a banned substance, received only 11.0 percent of the vote.

Sixteen players failed to appear on five percent of the ballots and will be placed off the eligible candidates roll.

The complete results from the BBWAA:

Name   Votes   Pct.
Roberto Alomar   523 90.0%
Bert Blyleven   463 79.7%
Barry Larkin   361 62.1%
Jack Morris   311 53.5%
Lee Smith   263 45.3%
Jeff Bagwell   242 41.7%
Tim Raines   218 37.5%
Edgar Martinez   191 32.9%
Alan Trammell   141 24.3%
Larry Walker   118 20.3%
Mark McGwire   115 19.8%
Fred McGriff   104 17.9%
Dave Parker   89 15.3%
Don Mattingly   79 13.6%
Dale Murphy   73 12.6%
Rafael Palmeiro   64 11.0%
Juan Gonzalez   30 5.2%
Harold Baines   28 4.8%
John Franco   27 4.6%
Kevin Brown   12 2.1%
Tino Martinez   6 1.0%
Marquis Grissom   4 0.7%
Al Leiter   4 0.7%
John Olerud   4 0.7%
B.J. Surhoff   2 0.3%
Bret Boone   1 0.2%
Benito Santiago   1 0.2%
Carlos Baerga   0 0.0%
Lenny Harris   0 0.0%
Bobby Higginson   0 0.0%
Charles Johnson   0 0.0%
Raul Mondesi   0 0.0%
Kirk Rueter   0 0.0%
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2011 Baseball Hall Of Fame: Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven Elected To Cooperstown

The voting results are in and the Baseball Hall of Fame has two new members: 2B Roberto Alomar and P Bert Blyeven.

Roberto Alomar (90 percent) is a 12-time All-Star second baseman who hit .300/.371/.443 over a 17 year career that spanned 1988-2004. The son of Sandy Alomar, Sr., Roberto began his career as a Padre but gained notoriety with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles. He was a 12-time All-Star who finished in the top-six of AL MVP voting five times. He also won 10 Gold Gloves at second base, a major league record.. He is also noted for a spitting incident in a September 26, 1996 game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Arguing with umpire John Hirschbeck over a third strike call, Alomar spit in his face supposedly over a racial slur. Alomar made the Hall of Fame in his second year on the ballot

Bert Blyleven (79.7 percent) won 287 career games over a 22-year career, playing for five team between 1970 and 1992. Those 287 wins puts him 27th all-time on the career win list, and his 3,701 strikeouts are fifth best all-time. Blyleven also had 60 career shutouts, ninth best all-time. What weighed against him early on was his 250 career losses, 10th most all-time, but he had a 3.31 career ERA. Blyleven was a pitcher who, while never the most dominant pitcher during his playing years, still put up good number across the board. Blyleven also needed that longevity to make it into Cooperstown (as a Minnesota Twin). Blyleven was voted in on his 14th ballot.

581 ballots were cast, a record vote.

They will be inducted, along with Pat Gillick, July 24, 2011 in Cooperstown, NY.

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