Pitcher Jack Morris (282 votes, 52.3 percent) and shortstop Barry Larkin with (278 votes, 51.6 percent) were the only others on at least half the ballots.
Candidates remain on the ballot for up to 15 years and must appear on at least 5 percent to remain on the following year.
BBWAA members who have been with the organization for at least 10 consecutive years may vote through Dec. 31 and results will be announced Jan. 5. Any winners of the writers' vote and at the Veterans Committee ballot, which will be announced next week at the winter meetings, will be inducted during ceremonies on July 24 in Cooperstown.
The complete ballot: Roberto Alomar Carlos Baerga Jeff Bagwell Harold Baines Bert Blyleven Bret Boone Kevin Brown John Franco Juan Gonzalez Marquis Grissom Lenny Harris Bobby Higginson Charles Johnson Barry Larkin Al Leiter Edgar Martinez Tino Martinez Don Mattingly Fred McGriff Mark McGwire Raul Mondesi Jack Morris Dale Murphy John Olerud Rafael Palmeiro Dave Parker Tim Raines Kirk Rueter Benito Santiago Lee Smith B.J. Surhoff Alan Trammell Larry Walker