Reds fans are celebrating Barry Larkin's induction to the Hall of Fame today. It's been a while since Brewer fans have had a similar moment.
If you were around yesterday or read the Mug this morning, you've probably heard this: The 2012 MLB Hall of Fame balloting has been announced, and former Brewers Jeromy Burnitz and Eric Young were named on a combined total of one ballot (a single vote for Young).
2012 is the eighth straight season where no player who has appeared in a Brewer uniform will be inducted to Cooperstown, but it was nearly the first in a long time where no former Brewers received votes. Last year three former Brewers were named on at least one ballot: Dave Parker (89 votes), Marquis Grissom (four votes) and B.J. Surhoff (two votes). 2011 was Parker's 15th and final season on the ballot, but he's given the Brewers at least one former player receiving votes each year since 1996.
Here's a quick look at the Brewers who have been on the ballot since Paul Molitor's election in 2004, and how they've fared:
|Player||Seasons on Ballot||Last Appearance||Votes|
|Dave Parker||15||2011||89 (15.3%)|
|Marquis Grissom||1||2011||4 (0.7%)|
|B.J. Surhoff||1||2011||2 (0.3%)|
|Lenny Harris||1||2011||0 (0%)|
|Jesse Orosco||1||2009||1 (0.2%)|
|Dan Plesac||1||2009||0 (0%)|
|Greg Vaughn||1||2009||0 (0%)|
|Tony Fernandez||1||2007||4 (0.7%)|
|Dante Bichette||1||2007||3 (0.6%)|
|Devon White||1||2007||0 (0%)|
|Doug Jones||1||2006||2 (0.4%)|
|Jim Abbott||1||2005||13 (2.5%)|
|Tom Candiotti||1||2005||2 (0.4%)|
The last time the Brewers had no former players receive Hall of Fame votes was 1993. Darrell Porter and Cecil Cooper were both on the ballot that year, but were shut out.