Originally posted on 22gigantes  |  Last updated 1/4/12
by Troy Nelson, 22gigantes.com

In the annual polling of members of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin and former Houston Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell were recommended for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. This is the third year the organization has conducted this survey of the membership.

My top three votes went to 1) Lee Smith; 2) Larkin; and 3) Edgar Martinez. Bagwell finished fourth on my ballot.

Former San Francisco Giants players Terry Mulholland and Bill Mueller were both on the ballot, but received less than one percent of the votes.

Former Oakland slugger Mark McGwire finished sixth among BBA voters, appearing on 41 percent of ballots.

Larkin, a 12-time All-Star who fashioned an .815 OPS over 19 seasons, received the largest percentage of votes, being named on 84.25% of the 148 ballots cast.  This is the highest percentage garnered by any player in the three years of BBA voting.

Bagwell, who hit 449 HR and had a .948 OPS in his 15 seasons in Houston, was selected on 115 ballots for a 78.77% rate.  As with the official voting done by the Baseball Writers of America, a player must be named on 75% of the ballots to be recommended by the alliance.

Last year, the BBA recommended second baseman Roberto Alomar and pitcher Bert Blyleven, both of whom were inducted into Cooperstown during the summer.  In 2010, no player reached the 75% mark in BBA balloting, the year that outfielder Andre Dawson was selected for the Hall by the baseball writers.

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance’s vote has no impact on the official vote taken by the Baseball Writers of America.  However, the BBA has often been a predictor of major awards granted by the writers.

The final voting results are as follows:

  1. Barry Larkin 84.25%
  2. Jeff Bagwell 78.77%
  3. Edgar Martinez 60.27%
  4. Tim Raines 57.53%
  5. Alan Trammell 44.52%
  6. Mark McGwire 41.10%
  7. Larry Walker 35.62%
  8. Lee Smith 33.56%
  9. Jack Morris 32.19%
  10. Don Mattingly 29.45%
  11. Rafael Palmerio 28.77%
  12. Fred McGriff 28.08%
  13. Dale Murphy 16.44%
  14. Bernie Williams 11.64%
  15. Juan Gonzalez 6.16%
  16. Javy Lopez 2.74%
  17. Brad Radke 2.05%
  18. Tim Salmon 1.37%
  19. Bill Mueller 0.68%
  20. Phil Nevin 0.68%
  21. Ruben Sierra 0.68%
  22. Tony Womack 0.68%
  23. Jeromy Burnitz 0.00%
  24. Vinny Castilla 0.00%
  25. Brian Jordan 0.00%
  26. Terry Mulholland 0.00%
  27. Eric Young 0.00%

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was established in the fall of 2009 for the purpose of fostering collaboration and communication among bloggers from across baseball. The BBA has quickly grown to its current membership of 347 blogs, including some of the most prominent blogs on the Internet, spanning all major league teams and various other general aspects of the game.

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