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01/12/09 3:28 PM EST
Former Reds not selected by Hall
Parker will stay on ballot; Gant, Vaughn receive no votes
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- There were three players with Reds ties on the 2009 Hall of Fame ballot. Only one of them will return on the 2010 ballot. In results revealed on Monday, former Reds and Pirates right fielder Dave Parker received 81 votes. That equated to 15 percent of the total. Eligible candidates for the Hall of Fame must be named on 75 percent of the ballots cast by voters from the Baseball Writers Association of America. To be eligible for the vote the following year, a player must be on a minimum of five percent of the ballots. That means Hall eligibility is over for former Reds Ron Gant and Greg Vaughn, as expected. Neither player received a vote on the 539 ballots submitted. It was Gant and Vaughn's first time on the Hall ballot. This year, outfielder and leadoff hitter extraordinaire Rickey Henderson and former Red Sox slugger Jim Rice were elected to Cooperstown. Henderson, in his first year of eligibility, received 94.8 percent of the vote. Rice, in his 15th and final year of eligibility, was named on 76.4 percent of the ballots. Parker was also named on 15 percent of the ballots last year and has two more years of eligibility remaining. His highest vote total was 24.5 percent in 1998. A member of the Reds from 1984-87 who calls Cincinnati his hometown, Parker spent 19 years in the big leagues from 1973-91 and compiled a .290 lifetime average with 339 home runs, 1,491 RBIs and 2,712 hits. He also won the 1978 National League Most Valuable Player Award while with the Pirates.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.