Hall of Fame votes and percentages, Mark McGwire (75% required for election)
At the October 26 press conference announcing Tony La Russa's return for a 15th season with St. Louis, McGwire's hiring as hitting coach was also unveiled. McGwire was neither in attendance nor on the phone. His press conference to address questions of past steroids use was said to be coming "sooner, rather than later" at the time and "imminent" over a month ago.
Based on this tepid response, it seems clear the vast majority of Hall voters are waiting to see what McGwire has to say before considering whether to cast votes in his favor. It is unknown how many voters' minds could not be changed no matter what, but certainly the events of the upcoming 12 months should alter Big Mac's Hall trajectory somehow.
Former Montreal and Cubs star outfielder Andre Dawson was the only player elected and will join manager Whitey Herzog and umpire Doug Harvey in Cooperstown induction ceremonies on July 25.
Other ex-Cardinals on the 2010 ballot
The latter four, all first-timers, did not receive the mandatory five percent to remain on future ballots. In his eighth of 15 allowable years on the regular ballot, former closer Lee Smith improved from 44.5 percent in 2009, but remains far short of the 75 percent minimum.
For commentary on potential reasons behind McGwire's slowness in speaking up, check out "Theories for McGwire's delay" at TheCardinalNationblog.com.
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