Dave Concepcion's support among Hall of Fame voters remained virtually unchanged. That is, he still has far to go before making a serious bid to enter Cooperstown.
The former Reds shortstop received 55 votes -- 11.1 percent of the electorate -- in the balloting announced Tuesday. Last year, Concepcion garnered 56 votes, or 11.9 percent. Candidates must receive 75 percent of the vote to earn election to the Hall and need 10 percent to stay on the ballot. Concepcion, who played for Cincinnati from 1970-88, will remain on the ballot for five more years if he continues to exceed the 10 percent threshold. This was his 10th appearance on the ballot.
Given the respect Concepcion commands from longtime observers, he might have a better chance to gain election from the Veterans Committee, which consists mostly of living Hall of Famers, if his eligibility for the regular ballot expires.
A member of the Reds Hall of Fame, Concepcion batted .267 lifetime with 2,326 hits, 101 home runs, 950 RBIs and 321 stolen bases. He was a nine-time All-Star and a five-time Gold Glove Award winner.
-- Chris Haft