5 former Reds miss HOF election, fall from ballot

5 former Reds miss HOF election, fall from ballot

CINCINNATI -- Several former Major League players with Reds connections did not come close to being elected as members of the Baseball Hall of Fame in results that were revealed on Wednesday.

Orlando Cabrera, Mike Cameron, Edgar Renteria and Arthur Rhodes were on the ballot for the first time, but all failed to garner the minimum 5 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers' Association of America required to return to the ballot next year.

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Lee Smith, who spent 1996 with the Reds and collected 478 saves over his special 18-year career, also came up short in his 15th and final year on the ballot. Smith was named on 151 of the 442 ballots cast (34.2 percent), falling well below the 75 percent required for election.

The Hall of Fame Class of 2017 will include Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez. Bagwell received 381 votes (86.2 percent), while Raines followed with 380 votes (86 percent) and Rodriguez with 336 votes (76 percent).

2017 Hall of Fame election results
Votes Player Percentage
381 Jeff Bagwell 86.2%
380 Tim Raines 86.0%
336 Ivan Rodriguez 76.0%
327 Trevor Hoffman 74.0%
317 Vladimir Guerrero 71.7%
259 Edgar Martinez 58.6%
239 Roger Clemens 54.1%
238 Barry Bonds 53.8%
229 Mike Mussina 51.8%
199 Curt Schilling 45.0%
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Renteria, who completed his 16-year big league career with the Reds in 2011, received two votes (0.5 percent). Cabrera, Cameron and Rhodes received zero votes.

Cabrera batted .263 in 2011 during his lone season with Cincinnati and was the starting shortstop on its National League Central division winning club. He was teammaets with Rhodes, a lefty reliever who had a 2.41 ERA in 135 appearances with the Reds from 2009-10 as part of his 20-year career.

Cameron batted .256 with 21 home runs during his one season for the Reds in 1999. Following that season, he was among four players Cincinnati traded to the Mariners for Ken Griffey Jr., who was elected to the Hall of Fame last year.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.