McGwire comes up short again in Hall of Fame voting
Former Cards slugger's support drops for fifth straight year; Smith, Walker also fall shy
ST. LOUIS -- On a day when the Baseball Writers' Association of America named Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas to the 2014 Hall of Fame class, former Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire saw his voting total dip for a fifth consecutive year.
McGwire did, however, receive enough support to remain on the ballot for at least a ninth year.
McGwire, who hit 220 of his 583 career home runs in his five years with the Cardinals and later served as the team's hitting coach, received 63 votes from the 571 submitted ballots (11 percent). That was not only well below the 75-percent threshold needed for election, but it also represented the lowest percentage of support McGwire has received since going on the ballot in 2007.
Support for McGwire peaked in 2010, when he received 23.7 percent of the vote. Days after that vote, McGwire made his first public admission to using steroids during his playing career. His Hall of Fame voting percentage has decreased each year since. He was likely hurt this year, too, by being on a ballot saturated with standout players. Voters are not permitted to select more than 10 players per year.
Other former Cardinals also fell short of Hall of Fame inclusion. Lee Smith received 171 votes (29.9 percent), marking the lowest percentage of support in his 12 years on the ballot. Larry Walker earned 58 votes (10.2 percent) in his fourth year; a year ago, his name was checked on 21.6 percent of returned ballots.
Maddux, Thomas and Glavine will join managers Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox in Cooperstown, N.Y., on induction weekend, July 25-28.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.