The Hall of Fame Class of 2011 - as voted upon in 2010 by the Baseball Writers of America Association - will send second baseman Roberto Alomar and pitcher Bert Blyleven to Cooperstown.
The list of those who had hopes of induction this year included Jeff Bagewell, Rafael Palmeiro, Mark McGwire, Edgar Martinez and Lee Smith, but each fell short of the 75 per cent of the vote required for election.
Alomar, a flashy infielder who helped Pat Gillick's Toronto Blue Jays win back-to-back World Series in the '90s, was a 12-time All-Star and was elected in his second year of eligibility. Blyleven needed 14 years on the ballot to get in despite 287 career wins that included 60 shutouts.
Alomar got 90 per cent of the vote, Blyleven 79 per cent.
Edgar Martinez, whose first-year candidacy drew less than 37 per cent of the vote in 2009, fared worse (33 per cent) with writers in 2010, wel short of election.
Martinez, the former Seattle Mariners third baseman and designated hitter batted .312 in his career, was a seven-time All-Star and was honored upon his retirement by having MLB name the DH of the Year Award for him.
Hall of Famer? He got closer but didn’t get in - hardly a slight. Only 2 per cent of all the players in baseball history have.
For a look at the voting totals for everyone eligible this year, there's a chart here.