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Bert Blyleven
Tim de Frisco /Allsport

I’m happy the BBWAA voted Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Both players deserved election and Blyleven has been waiting patiently while many of his less-deserving peers were getting inducted. His stats were Hall of Fame worthy: 287 wins, 3,701 strikeouts, and a pair of World Series rings with Pittsburgh and Minnesota. It is hard to believe that it has been 11 years since a full-time starting pitcher has been elected into Cooperstown (Nolan Ryan in 1999), but the HOF will soon be opening its doors to Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Randy Johnson, and John Smoltz. As for Alomar, he was one of the game’s best second basemen, and would have been elected last year if it wasn’t for his famous spitting incident with umpire John Hirschbeck.

I was surprised to see the lack of votes Rafael Palmeiro received in his first year on the ballot. Despite over 3,000 career hits and 500 homers, Palmeiro received just 11% of the vote. It’s obvious his positive test for steroids after waving a finger at Congress and denying any involvement in performing-enhancing-drugs destroyed his credibility with baseball writers.

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