Tuesday, January 4, 2011

HOF Voting Results Preview

Update 1/5: Robert Alomar and Bert Blyleven will make up the 2011 Hall of Fame Class. Lee Smith got just 45.3%, a decline from last year.

Tomorrow at noon CT, the 2011 Hall of Fame Class will be announced during a live special on the MLB Network. The most notable ex-Cubs who's up for election is closer Lee Smith. He received nearly half of the votes last year but was still a ways away from the 75% needed for induction into the Hall. This will be Smith's ninth time on the ballot.

Let's take a look at how he fared the first eight times:
  • 2003: 42.3%
  • 2004: 36.6%
  • 2005: 38.8%
  • 2006: 45%
  • 2007: 39.8%
  • 2008: 43.3%
  • 2009: 44.5%
  • 2010: 47.3%

Other former Cubs on the ballot include Fred McGriff, first timer Rafael Palmeiro and Benito Santiago. Another guy with a Cubs connection who has a shot at being elected is ex-coach Alan Trammell.

All of the Chicago Tribune writers votes were released in the paper. Some other guys have posted their ballots on blogs or sites. Here is a list of who each writer voted for.

  • Dave van Dyck: Roberto Alomar, Jack Morris, Lee Smith
  • Mark Gonzales: Alomar, Burt Blyleven, Barry Larkin
  • Teddy Greenstein: Alomar, Blyleven, Don Mattingly, Tim Raines, Smith
  • Philip Hersh: Alomar, Blyleven, Larkin, Edgar Martinez, Mattingly, Jack Morris, Dave Parker, Raines, Alan Trammell, Larry Walker
  • Fred Mitchell: Alomar, Blyleven, Larkin, Morris, Raines, Smith
  • Paul Sullivan: Alomar, Harold Baines, Lee Smith, Raines
  • Bruce Miles: Alomar, Jeff Bagwell, Blyleven, Larkin, Martinez, Morris, Raines, Smith, Trammell
  • ESPN team: Alomar (94.4%) and Blyleven (77.8%)

Smith got the vote of just 9 of the 18 ESPN writers that were polled.

I will update this post tomorrow afternoon with the results of the BBWAA 2011 Hall of Fame voting!

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