Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Larkin cruises into Hall

Hall of Fame voting

A player needed 75 percent of the vote to be elected and at least 5 percent to remain on the ballot.

NameVotes
Barry Larkin495 (86.4%)
Jack Morris382 (66.7%)
Jeff Bagwell321 (56.0%)
Lee Smith290 (50.6%)
Tim Raines279 (48.7%)
Alan Trammell211 (36.8%)
Edgar Martinez209 (36.5%)
Fred McGriff137 (23.9%)
Larry Walker131 (22.9%)
Mark McGwire112 (19.5%)
Don Mattingly 102 (17.8%)
Dale Murphy83 (14.5%)
Rafael Palmeiro72 (12.6%)
Bernie Williams55 (9.6%)
Juan Gonzalez23 (4.0%)
Vinny Castilla6 (1.0%)
Tim Salmon5 (0.9%)
Bill Mueller4 (0.7%)
Brad Radke2 (0.3%)
Javy Lopez1 (0.2%)
Eric Young1 (0.2%)

Note: Jeromy Burnitz, Brian Jordan, Terry Mulholland, Phil Nevin, Ruben Sierra and Tony Womack did not receive votes.

NEW YORK — Barry Larkin had no idea in 1982 that he would become a baseball Hall of Famer thanks to Bo Schembechler.

A two-sport standout in his senior year of high school, Larkin went to the University of Michigan on a scholarship to play defensive back for Schembechler's Wolverines. When he arrived in Ann Arbor, Larkin learned he was being redshirted.

"I was a better football player than a baseball player at the time," Larkin recalled. "And that was influential because I just worked on my baseball talent, just that alone. And that was an eye-opener because I got so much better."

So much better that he was elected to the Hall of Fame on Monday with plenty of room to spare. The former Reds shortstop was chosen on 495 of 573 ballots (86 percent) in voting announced by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, well above the necessary 75 percent. Larkin, 47, was on the ballot for the third time.

He will be inducted July 22 in Cooperstown along with the late Ron Santo, elected last month by the Veterans Committee.

"I'm just incredibly, incredibly moved by this whole experience and so humbled by the experience and so excited about being the newest member of the Hall of Fame," Larkin said.

Jack Morris followed Larkin with 382 votes (67 percent), up from 54 percent, and Jeff Bagwell was next with 56 percent. Tampa native Fred McGriff made a sizable jump in his third year on the ballot, picking up 33 votes to improve to 24 percent (137).

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