Many of you have asked me this past week about the Hall of Fame commitment I made last year and yes, I did indeed change my vote this time around.
I cast a vote for former Houston Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell, but unfortunately, it was not enough to get him into Cooperstown. The one guy who did make it this year was longtime Reds shortstop Barry Larkin, who notched 86.4 percent of the 573 ballots cast by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
It was Larkin's third year of eligibility.
The only other nominees to score more than 50 percent of the vote (75 percent is required for induction) was pitcher Jack Morris (66.7 percent), closer Lee Smith (50.6 percent) and one of the guys I voted for, Bagwell, at 56 percent.
Edgar Martinez secured 36.5 percent of the vote, up slightly from last year but about where he was two years ago in his first year of eligibility.
Besides Bagwell, my ballot contained Larkin and Tim Raines, who is arguably the second best leadoff hitt...