2011 Baseball Hall of Fame Voting: Jeff Bagwell and Top 1st-Year Candidates

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2011 Baseball Hall of Fame Voting: Jeff Bagwell and Top 1st-Year Candidates
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Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven were voted into the Hall of Fame today, while Jeff Bagwell fell just short with only 41.7 percent of the vote.

Players rarely make it into the Hall of Fame their first time on the ballot, some needing up to all 15 years of eligibility to get in (like Jim Rice). But that doesn't mean they are any less deserving of the honor.

A total of 19 players made their first appearances on the Hall of Fame ballot this year, including such former stars as Raul Mondesi, Bret Boone and B.J. Surhoff. But only four of them got enough votes (at least five percent) to be back on the ballot next year.

Here's a look at those players. 

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