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Hall of Fame calls for Barry Larkin but not Edgar Martinez

The only person to make it into the Hall of Fame on Monday was shortstop Barry Larkin. The wait continues for former Mariners DH Edgar Martinez.

Larkin was on the ballot for the third time after falling 75 votes short last year. The former Cincinnati Reds shortstop received 86 percent of the vote in balloting announced by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, well above the necessary 75 percent needed.

Larkin will be inducted on July 22 at Cooperstown, N.Y., along with the late Ron Santo, elected last month by the Veterans Committee.

Martinez, who got 36.5 percent of the vote, was in seven All-Star Games, won five Silver Sluggers and two batting titles. He’s one of nine players in history with 300 home runs, 500 doubles and a career average above .300 (.312).

Larkin spent his entire major league career with the Reds from 1986-2004, hitting .295 with 198 home runs, 960 RBI, 2,340 hits and 379 stolen bases. He won three Gold Gloves and the 1990 World Series.

The rest of the voting:

Jack Morris 382 (66.7%), Jeff Bagwell 321 (56.0%), Lee Smith 290 (50.6%), Tim Raines 279 (48.7%), Edgar Martinez 209 (36.5%), Alan Trammell 211 (36.8%), Fred McGriff 137 (23.9%), Larry Walker 131 (22.9%), Mark McGwire 112 (19.5%), Don Mattingly 102 (17.8%), Dale Murphy 83 (14.5%), Rafael Palmeiro 72 (12.6%), Bernie Williams 55 (9.6%).

By receiving fewer than 30 votes (less than 5 percent), Juan Gonzalez 23 (4.0%), Vinny Castilla 6 (1.0%), Tim Salmon 5 (0.9%), Bill Mueller 4 (0.7%), Brad Radke 2 (0.3%), Javy Lopez 1 (0.2%), Eric Young 1 (0.2%), Jeromy Burnitz 0, Brian Jordan 0, Terry Mulholland 0, Phil Nevin 0, Ruben Sierra 0, Tony Womack 0 are no longer eligible for election by the BBWAA.

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