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Jeff Bagwell Garners Just 41.7% Of Vote In First Go-Round At Hall Of Fame

Astros slugger Jeff Bagwell, who was eligible for the Hall Of Fame for the first time this year, was dogged by unalleged rumors of steroid use and garnered just 41.7% of the vote. Astros fans can take heart in the fact that every member who has received 35% or more of the vote was eventually elected or could still possibly be elected, sans Steve Garvey. 

Next year's Hall Of Fame class is not very prestigious, so Bagwell will have a chance to earn some more votes now that Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven have successfully been elected. But the Class of 2013 will be incredibly deep: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mike Piazza, Craig Biggio and Sammy Sosa, among others, headline that class.

Congratulations are in order for Alomar and Blyleven. Here are the vote totals for the election, via BBWAA's website:

Name Votes Pct.
Roberto Alomar 523 90.0%
Bert Blyleven 463 79.7%
Barry Larkin 361 62.1%
Jack Morris 311 53.5%
Lee Smith 263 45.3%
Jeff Bagwell 242 41.7%
Tim Raines 218 37.5%
Edgar Martinez 191 32.9%
Alan Trammell 141 24.3%
Larry Walker 118 20.3%
Mark McGwire 115 19.8%
Fred McGriff 104 17.9%
Dave Parker 89 15.3%
Don Mattingly 79 13.6%
Dale Murphy 73 12.6%
Rafael Palmeiro 64 11.0%
Juan Gonzalez 30 5.2%
Harold Baines 28 4.8%
John Franco 27 4.6%
Kevin Brown 12 2.1%
Tino Martinez 6 1.0%
Marquis Grissom 4 0.7%
Al Leiter 4 0.7%
John Olerud 4 0.7%
B.J. Surhoff 2 0.3%
Bret Boone 1 0.2%
Benito Santiago 1 0.2%
Carlos Baerga 0 0.0%
Lenny Harris 0 0.0%
Bobby Higginson 0 0.0%
Charles Johnson 0 0.0%
Raul Mondesi 0 0.0%
Kirk Rueter 0 0.0%

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