Hall Of Fame Voting: 2012 Vs. 2011

The Baseball Writers' Association of America has voted Barry Larkin into the Hall of Fame. A year ago - Larkin's second year on the ballot - the shortstop received 62.1 percent of the votes. This time around, he received 86.4 percent of the votes. That's a huge, huge jump - the biggest jump out of all the holdovers.

What about the rest of them, though? How did their 2012 results compare to their 2011 results? I have constructed a simple table, for your convenience. Here you are:

Player 2011 (%) 2012 (%) Change
Barry Larkin 62.1 86.4 24.3
Jeff Bagwell 41.7 56.0 14.3
Jack Morris 53.5 66.7 13.2
Alan Trammell 24.3 36.8 12.5
Tim Raines 37.5 48.7 11.2
Fred McGriff 17.9 23.9 6.0
Lee Smith 45.3 50.6 5.3
Don Mattingly 13.6 17.8 4.2
Edgar Martinez 32.9 36.5 3.6
Larry Walker 20.3 22.9 2.6
Dale Murphy 12.6 14.5 1.9
Rafael Palmeiro 11.0 12.6 1.6
Mark McGwire 19.8 19.5 -0.3


Mark McGwire was the only holdover to lose support, and he barely lost any support. All of the rest of them gained, with Bagwell, Morris, Trammell and Raines gaining in the double digits, along with Larkin.

Of course, next year's going to be something of a mess. We know that. We can prepare for that. But things are looking good for Bagwell and Morris. Raines, too. Trammell has a ways to go in a short amount of time - this was his 11th year on the ballot - but that's an encouraging gain for him.

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