After a lengthy build-up, the results of the 2011 Baseball Hall of Fame voting are in. And, according to the announcement by Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson on the MLB Network, Cooperstown is about to have its two newest members.
A surprisingly high 581 voting members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America have chosen to elect Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar into Cooperstown. Alomar received 523 votes (90.0%) in his second year on the ballot, while Blyleven received 463 votes (79.7%) in his 14th year on the ballot. Alomar and Blyleven received 73.7% and 74.2% support last year, respectively.
Missing the 75% cut-off were Barry Larkin and, further below him, Jack Morris, Lee Smith, and Jeff Bagwell. The full results table, courtesy of the BBWAA website: