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.