Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Bert Blyleven has been vocal in his unhappiness over the perceived snub by Baseball Writers Assocation of America (BBWAA) voters during its annual Hall of Fame voting. He won't have to worry any more. Blyleven received 79.7% of the vote to join Roberto Alomar in this summer's induction.
Blyleven's credentials over 22 seasons include 287 career wins, a 3.31 career ERA, 3701 strikeouts (topping 200 in a season eight times), and walked just 2.4 batters per nine innings. He was a two time All-Star and won 10 or more games in 17 seasons. He finished in the top five in Cy Young voting three times.
Blyleven also won two World Series ring as a member of the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates and the 1987 Minnesota Twins. He compiled a 5-1, 2.47 mark in eight post-season appearance, including one victory in each World Series.
Some voters felt Blyleven was a stat compiler and were turned off by his remarks about being snubbed.
By the way if I had a vote my ballot for this year would have been: