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January 5, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Bert Blyleven, Roberto Alomar voted into Hall of Fame, Edgar Martinez gets 32.9 percent of vote

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Roberto Alomar made it into the baseball Hall of Fame today after a one-year wait, while Bert Blyleven got in during his 14th and second-to-last year of eligibility.
Edgar Martinez, in his second year on the ballot, got 32.9 percent of the vote. Players need 75 percent to be elected.
A record 581 ballots — including five blanks — were cast by Baseball Writers Association of America members with at least 10 years of service.
Martinez’s total is down from the 36.2 percent he received last year. But that’s still a strong standing and could bode well for the future.
There had been some thought Martinez’s overall vote total might decline this year because of the sheer volume of strong newcomers on the Class of 2011 ballot. Next year’s crop does not appear to be as strong.
Alomar got 90 percent of the vote. Blyleven scored 79.9 percent.
Third-highest finisher Barry Larkin polled in at 62.1 percent, while Jack Morris had 53.5 percent.
First-timer Jeff Bagwell posted 41.7 percent, while Larry Walker — whose rate stats are very similar to those of Martinez, including a career OPS+ of 140 to Edgar’s 147 — scored 20.3 percent.
Rafael Palmeiro’s positive steroids test appeared to cost him with voters. Palmeiro hit more than 500 home runs in his career, but scored just 11 percent with voters.
Juan Gonzalez was the other first-timer to remain above the 5 percent minimum cutoff, but just barely with 5.2 percent of votes. A total of 17 first-time players did not attain the required 5 percent to stay on the ballot, including ex-Mariners John Olerud and Bret Boone.
For complete voting results, turn to the opposite page.
Photo Credit: AP


VOTING RESULTS:
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%)
TAKEN OFF BALLOT:
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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