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The Associated Press reports CL Bruce Sutter, appearing on the Hall of Fame ballot for the 12th time, received 344 votes (66.7 percent), up from 301 last year but 43 shy of what was needed this time. He was followed by OF Jim Rice (307), CL Rich Gossage (285) and OF Andre Dawson (270). OF Willie McGee, also on the ballot for the first time, received 26 votes, exactly at the 5 percent cutoff to avoid being dropped in future years. OF Darryl Strawberry, another first-time eligible, got six votes and OF Pete Rose, ineligible for the ballot because of his lifetime ban from baseball, received nine write-in votes, six fewer than last year and his lowest total. Rose, who admitted last year that he bet on the Cincinnati Reds while managing them in the late 1980s, has been written in on 239 of 6,687 ballots (3.6 percent) over 14 years.

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