Bert Blyleven Hall Of Fame Bound

NEW YORK (WCCO/AP) — The votes have been counted and Bert Blyleven is now bound for Cooperstown.

After receiving 79 percent of the ballots from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, above the 75 percent required for election, Blyleven can now add the title Hall of Famer to his resume. The same for Roberto Alomar.

Blyleven and Alomar both came within a few ballots in last year’s election by the BWAA — no one who’s come so close has ever been shut out for good.

This was Blyleven’s 14th time on the ballot, which would have left him with one more try with the BBWAA electorate had he missed. The curveballer was just five votes shy of selection last year, when he drew 74.2 percent.

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Alomar drew 397 votes (73.7 percent) in his first try last year and fell eight short of the required 75 percent.

Pat Gillick already is in the lineup for the induction ceremonies July 24 in Cooperstown, N.Y. The longtime executive was chosen last month by the Veterans Committee, and he enhanced his place with a trade for Alomar that helped bring World Series trophies to Toronto in 1992-93.

Blyleven finished with 287 wins, 3,701 strikeouts, 60 shutouts and a pair of World Series rings. His numbers have gotten a boost in recent years by sabermetricians, who have found more modern ways to evaluate baseball statistics.

Blyleven’s path toward the Hall has been a slow, steep one, having once drawn the backing of only 14.1 percent. He is trying to become the first pure starting pitching to get chosen by the BBWAA since Nolan Ryan in 1999.

Sluggers Rafael Palmeiro, Jeff Bagwell and Mark McGwire all fell below the 50 percent mark.

The induction ceremony will be held on July 24 in Cooperstown.

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  • jeff

    Congradulations Bert you are hereby circled!!!!!!!!!

  • L Wheeler

    Well deserving. It’s about time. Congrats Bert!!!

  • Dave L

    Congrats bert!

  • Stacy

    Congrats Bert. Twins fans have known for a long time you were a hall of famer, now it is official.

  • jon

    Congrats! About time.

  • Fred

    Ya ba da ba do!!! Congratulations Bert!!

  • TwinsFan4Evr

    ABOUT TIME! Congrats Bert!

  • Annie

    Congratulations Bert – you deserve it!

  • Lisa

    I rarely read but the sports news but even I know this is looooong over due. Congratulations Bert! I’ve been rooting for you since the beginning.

  • Mark

    It was long overdue for you Bert! One of the best in the game! Congratulations!

  • Tom Lane

    Does this mean I have to say goodbye to Bert’s profanity laden rants about being denied admission into the HOF!? Bert is a hard-drinking Minnesota Icon, he deserved to be in the HOF years ago!

  • Dave

    A well derserved honor for a great guy! He will represent the Minnesota Twins well in Cooperstown!

  • Mike

    Congrats Bert, Jack Morris next

  • Dennis L.

    Well done Bert. Enjoyed watching you perform. Congratulations! The Circle is truly complete.

  • Kelly & Jon

    Congratuationa Bert! It’s about stinkin’ time!!! You are hereby circled my friend! Party like it’s 2011, oh yeah it is! 2011 The Year of Bert!

  • red

    I am so thrilled for you Bert! Congrats! The office is cheering for yah!!

  • Kenny

    They just wanted you to hit the Big Six O before you were inducted. Congrats on a stellar career.

  • dunnski57

    Circled for the HOF!

  • mat

    I hate the twins yes he did good but who cares. It’S ONLY A STAT.

    • brandon

      then dont read the story mat. get a life

  • red

    way to spoil excitement for those of us who are twins fans and for a great day for BERT mat go bring your misery somewhere else looser

  • Jody

    It’s about time those ninnies got it right. Congratulations Bert. Well overdue and glad I got to see it in my lifetime!!

  • red

    I meant loser

  • jon

    its about time you should been in along time agc

  • Bruce Erickson

    I really feel he deserved this, I am happy for him

  • marianne

    congratulation Bert. You have always been a Hall of Famer to us.

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