Manny falls short in first year of Hall eligibility

Manny falls short in first year of Hall eligibility

LOS ANGELES -- No former Dodgers were elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday, but four received votes, led by Manny Ramirez, who received 105 votes for 23.8 percent in his first year on the ballot. Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were the only players elected to the Hall.

Ramirez came to the Dodgers in a 2008 trade, unleashing one of the most amazing three months in franchise history, but was suspended the following season for violating MLB's drug policy. In 2010 he was claimed off waivers by the White Sox.

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Fred McGriff, who played one season with the Dodgers, received 96 votes for 21.7 percent; Jeff Kent, who played the last four seasons of his career with Los Angeles, received 74 votes for 16.7 percent; and Gary Sheffield, who came to the Dodgers in the Mike Piazza trade and stayed 3 1/2 seasons, received 59 votes for 13.3 percent.

Last year, McGriff was named on 20.9 percent of the ballots, Kent on 16.6 percent and Sheffield on 11.6 percent.

Casey Blake and J.D. Drew, on the ballot for the first time, received no votes. Because they received less than five percent, they will be removed from future consideration.

Former Dodgers eligible to be on the next ballot for the first time include Jim Thome and Andruw Jones.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.