Surely you know by now that Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven are the newest inductees. I'm here in Toronto with Alomar - I rode from his hotel to Rogers Centre with him, I stood in a nearby room as he received his call (I could hear the cheers) and I'll be spending the rest of the day with him. Check out Newsday.com for exclusive photos and quotes.
As for the actual results, it's what we expected, and I'm happy. I think Alomar and Blyleven are both extremely deserving candidates.
If you compare the 2011 ballot to the 2010 ballot, you'll see that the biggest winner in the non-inductee category is Barry Larkin, who jumped from 51.6 percent to 62.1 percent. Good for him. Jack Morris barely jumped (52.3 percent to 53.5 percent), while Tim Raines enjoyed a lift from 30.4 percent to 37.5 percent.
Mark McGwire dropped from 23.7 percent to 19.8 percent. I thought it would be even more, given his confession since the last ballot.
Among the first timers, I thought it was an encouraging showing for Jeff Bagwell, with 41.7 percent, although I wonder how much traction he can gain given the reason (illegal PED suspicion) that many won't vote for him. Rafael Palmeiro with 11 percent? Sounds like in the ballpark of what was expected.
And Kevin Brown received 12 votes, one of them from me. Twelve! Man. I think this is the first time I've supported a candidate who didn't even get the five percent needed to stay on the ballot.
All right, Alomar has a conference call coming up, so that's all for now.