What Unique Hall of Famers We Have

Posted: July 25, 2011 by Keith Stone in baseball, Bert Blyleven, Hall of Fame, MLB, Roberto Alomar

Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar were inducted into the Hall of Fame yesterday. Blyleven was elected in his 14th year of eligibility, you know, because his last few seasons have been so solid. Actually it’s the rise of sabermetrics that helped him get in, but if you don’t get elected after three years maybe you just don’t belong in the Hall of Fame. Blyleven actually only received 17.55% of the vote in his first year of eligibility. Nothing’s changed the past 14 years! However, Blyleven is fifth in all-time strikeouts and won two World Series. He’s before my time, but how didn’t he make it earlier? Plus, he loves to fart (don’t we all?) and does the Circle Me Bert gimmick for Twins TV broadcasts. Maybe it’s the fact that he’s Dutch. The Baseball Writers of America are notoriously discriminatory to the Dutch.

As for Roberto Alomar, he’s more than deserving but didn’t he give AIDS to his ex-girlfriend? What happened with that?

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