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.

WCCO’s Chad Hartman Interviews Bert Blyleven

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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Comments (36)
  1. jeff says:

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

  2. L Wheeler says:

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

  3. Dave L says:

    Congrats bert!

  4. Stacy says:

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

  5. jon says:

    Congrats! About time.

  6. Fred says:

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

  7. TwinsFan4Evr says:

    ABOUT TIME! Congrats Bert!

  8. Annie says:

    Congratulations Bert – you deserve it!

  9. Lisa says:

    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.

  10. Mark says:

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

  11. Tom Lane says:

    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!

  12. Dave says:

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

  13. Mike says:

    Congrats Bert, Jack Morris next

  14. Dennis L. says:

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

  15. Kelly & Jon says:

    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!

  16. red says:

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

  17. Kenny says:

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

  18. dunnski57 says:

    Circled for the HOF!

  19. mat says:

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

    1. brandon says:

      then dont read the story mat. get a life

  20. red says:

    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

  21. Jody says:

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

  22. jon says:

    its about time you should been in along time agc

  23. Bruce Erickson says:

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

  24. marianne says:

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

  25. David says:

    Congratulations Bert you deserve this! Now Circle me!

  26. Debbie says:

    Great things come to those who wait, congratulations BERT!!!!!!

  27. Leslie says:

    Congratulations, Bert. Circle yourself with a great big SMILE!

  28. Jeanne Brown says:

    way to go baby bly!!!!! have loved you for years and plan to see you go into the hall of fame !!!!

  29. Dan says:

    Harmon, Rodney Kirby, Bert — AWESOME FOURSOME…Congratulations Bert.

  30. Pete says:

    Bert! Congratulations! Love watching you on tv—your knowledge of the game and the players is great to see. This honor is well deserved!

  31. Sue says:

    CONGRATULATIONS Bert! Well deserved! Looking forward to a great 2011 MN Twins season and more great broadcasts!

  32. Mike Jacobson says:

    Thanks for the great memories Bert, your mechanics were second to none.

  33. B Loesch says:


    From the old Met to the Dome days, I always enjoyed sitting behind the plate watching you throw one of the best curveballs in the history of the game. You were a hard working pitcher who gave it everything he had with a lot of emotiion along the way. You were fun to watch and we still enjoy hearing your intelligent baseball commentary during each Twins game. A Big Congrats to you on this special – long overdue day.

  34. Ernie says:

    Hiya Bert,

    Now that you are in the Hall of Fame, can I get my rubber duckie back?



    Oscar said you wouldn’t get in but Grover, The Count, Barkley, Big Bird, Snuffleupagus and the rest of the gang always had faith that you would.