No HOF yet for Larkin
The Hall of Fame results were just announced on MLB Network and surprisingly, only one name was called to Cooperstown, Andre Dawson. He received 77.9 percent of the vote on 420 ballots, according to the HOF web site.
I wasn’t surprised that Barry Larkin didn’t get in on the first try but I was surprised that he only got 51.6 percent (278 votes). I thought it would be higher.
The good news for Larkin and his fans is that this vote was still a solid indication that he will get in someday, and probably pretty soon. It could certainly be worse — his shortstop contemporary, Alan Trammell, got just 22 percent of the vote on his seventh try.
I feel bad for my friend and former Twins pitcher Bert Blyleven, who fell a mere five votes shy from getting in. Blyleven received 74.2 percent. He still has two more tries and next year should be his time.
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