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Bert Blyleven, Roberto Alomar Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 14:21

Blyleven and AlomarFormer Minnesota Twin pitching ace Bert Blyleven and second baseman Roberto Alomar have been voted to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Alomar received 523 votes (90%) while Blyleven received 463 (79.7%). Barry Larkin was third but missed the cut with 361 votes (62.1%). According to the BBWAA:

Alomar, who was in his second year on the ballot, received 523 votes, the third highest total in history, for a 90-percent plurality. He was the 26th player to reach the 90-percent level in BBWAA elections. Blyleven, who was in his 14th and next to last year of eligibility, was named on 463 ballots for 79.7 percent. Their election brings to 295 the number of elected Hall members. Of that total, 205 are former major-league players, of which 111 have been through the BBWAA ballot. Alomar is the 20th second baseman (18th former major leaguer) and Blyleven the 72nd pitcher (63rd former major leaguer) elected to the Hall.

Alomar batted .300 with a .371 on-base average and a .443 slugging percentage over a 17-season career with the San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks. The switch hitter totaled 2,724 hits, 1,508 runs, 504 doubles, 80 triples, 210 home runs, 1,134 runs batted in and 474 stolen bases. Alomar, whose father and brother, both named Sandy, played in the majors, was on Toronto’s World Series champions of 1992 and ’93, was the Most Valuable Player of the 1992 American League Championship Series and MVP of the 1998 All-Star Game at Coors Field in Denver.

Blyleven pitched in 22 seasons with the Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians and California Angels and compiled a 287-250 record with a 3.31 ERA, 242 complete games, 60 shutouts and 3,701 strikeouts in 4,969 1/3 innings. The righthander pitched a no-hitter on Sept. 22, 1977 for the Rangers against the Angels and shares the AL single-game record for the longest one-hit complete game of 10 innings June 21, 1976. He, too, was a key part of two World Series champions, the 1979 Pirates and the 1987 Twins.

Between the two they played on 12 teams.

Two great Twins players weighed in on Blyleven's election.

"This is a great day for baseball in general and Twins fans in particular," said Rod Carew. "Bert's election to the Hall of Fame is well deserved and long overdue. Bert was as fierce a competitor as I ever faced on the mound. I look forward to being in Cooperstown in July and welcoming Bert Blyleven to the most exclusive club in the world."

"I am thrilled that Bert will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. I could not be happier if it was my own son," added Harmon Killebrew. "I played in the first game Bert pitched for the Minnesota Twins in 1970. He’s been a credit to the Twins organization and all of baseball. I wish it wouldn’t have taken so long but now that he is in, it’s wonderful."

In a statement on the Designated Hitter, Edgar Martinez got four fewer votes this year than last and dropped from 36.2 percent to 32.9 percent.

This ballot was the first real test of the Steroid Era, and it showed.

Jeff Bagwell, likely stung by his association to playing in the Steroid Era garnered just 242 (41.7%). He has never tested positive, nor been referenced as a PED user through such documents as the Mitchell Report. Bagwell has called a 3pm CT conference call through the Astros to address the voting.

Mark McGwire, who finally admitted to using steroids in an interview with Bob Costas in 2010 dropped to 115 (19.8%). Rafael Palmeiro, who infamously wagged a figure in Congress saying that he did not use steroids, only to test positive for them garnered just 64 votes (11.0%), while Kevin Brown who was referenced in the Mitchell Report pulled in even fewer (12 votes, 2.1%).

Benito Santiago, who was part of the BALCO investigation had just 1 vote. Bret Boone, who never tested positive for PEDs, but has been rumored to have, gained just a single vote, as well.

SELECT READ MORE TO SEE THE COMPLETE VOTING RESULT

2011 Hall of Fame voting
Name Votes Pct.
Roberto Alomar 523 90.0%
Bert Blyleven 463 79.7%
Barry Larkin 361 62.1%
Jack Morris 311 53.5%
Lee Smith 263 45.3%
Jeff Bagwell 242 41.7%
Tim Raines 218 37.5%
Edgar Martinez 191 32.9%
Alan Trammell 141 24.3%
Larry Walker 118 20.3%
Mark McGwire 115 19.8%
Fred McGriff 104 17.9%
Dave Parker 89 15.3%
Don Mattingly 79 13.6%
Dale Murphy 73 12.6%
Rafael Palmeiro 64 11.0%
Juan Gonzalez 30 5.2%
Harold Baines 28 4.8%
John Franco 27 4.6%
Kevin Brown 12 2.1%
Tino Martinez 6 1.0%
Marquis Grissom 4 0.7%
Al Leiter 4 0.7%
John Olerud 4 0.7%
B.J. Surhoff 2 0.3%
Bret Boone 1 0.2%
Benito Santiago 1 0.2%
Carlos Baerga 0 0.0%
Lenny Harris 0 0.0%
Bobby Higginson 0 0.0%
Charles Johnson 0 0.0%
Raul Mondesi 0 0.0%
Kirk Rueter 0 0.0%
Note: 436 votes (75%) required for enshrinement. Induction July 24, 2011 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Source: BBWAA


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