As expected, former Reds shortstop Barry Larkin was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame this afternoon. The news came on MLB Network, where Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson announced Larkin as the only player elected from the current BBWAA ballot.
Larkin received 86.4 percent of the vote.
Longtime Yankees Bernie Wiliams and Don Mattingly fell far short of election with Williams getting 9.6 percent of the vote in his first year on the ballot and Mattingly getting 17.8 percent, up slightly from the 13.6 percent he earned last year.
Williams was the only first-year player to receive enough votes to stay on the ballot.
The only players other than Larkin to get more than 50 percent of the vote were Jack Morris (66.7%), Jeff Bagwell (56.0%) and Lee Smith (50.6%). Tim Raines finished just short of 50 percent, getting 48.7 percent. Election requires 75 percent.
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