It took quite a long time – 14 years to be exact – but Bert Blyleven is in the Hall of Fame.
Blyleven crossed the 75 percent threshold during Wednesday’s 2011 vote and will join Roberto Alomar at this summer’s induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y.
At some point, it does become difficult to ignore Blyleven’s career accomplishments. Top 5Â all-time in strikeouts. TopÂ 10 all-time in shutouts. Two World Series titles. Impressive career ERA. All of 287 victories. He didn’t have the peak years – back-to-back Cy Young Awards or anything like that – but still, the career numbers are impressive.
I blogged last year about who I would vote for if I had a ballot. Unfortunately, I didn’t and still don’t, so this blog was my imaginary ballot. I failed to do that this year, but my ballot would have been the same except for Andre Dawson, who was already voted in last year.
I was pleased to see Barry Larkin make a 11 percent jump to 62 percent. He seems a sure lock to get elected in the next few years. Also, Tim Raines jumped 7 percent this year to 37 percent of the vote. I feel he’ll go the route of Blyleven and slowly work his way in. Edgar Martinez saw a 4 percent drop to 32 percent. I think his numbers are incredible and worthy of induction, but I don’t believe he’ll get elected. Too many people have doubts about his candidacy becomes he was a full-time DH and spent a lot of time injured, not to mention the fact that he didn’t really take off at the big league level until he was 27.