January 5, 2011

And Your Cooperstown Class of 2011 is...

After breaking down each player on the ballot for the past five weeks...it's finally official.

With an amazing curveball, 287 wins, 3701 strikeouts and the groundswell of internet support...Bert Blyleven was the odd's on favorite to make it into the Hall of Fame is year. 

Well, "zealots"...he pulled it off by garnering 79.7% of the vote after falling five short last year.

Joining Blyleven in Cooperstown will be Roberto Alomar.  The second baseman missed induction a year ago by eight votes, but cleared the hurdle easily today by garnering 90% of the vote.

Blyleven and Alomar will join Veterans Committe selection Pat Gillick, Ford C. Frick Award winner Dave Van Horne and J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner Bill Conlin in Cooperstown July 24.

Here's the break down among the top vote getters.

Roberto Alomar (90%, 73.7%)
Bert Blyleven (79.7% this year, 74.2% in 2010)
Barry Larkin (62.1%, 51.6%)
Jack Morris (53.5%, 52.3%)
Lee Smith (45.3%, 47.3%)
Jeff Bagwell (41.7%, first year)
Tim Raines (37.5%, 47.3%)
Edgar Martinez (32.9%, 36.2%)

A complete breakdown of the 2011 Hall of Fame selection is on the way...believe it!

Your 2011 Hall of Fame Class:

ROBERTO ALOMAR
Second Year on Ballot

PLAYING CAREER: San Diego Padres (1988–1990), Toronto Blue Jays (1991–1995), Baltimore Orioles (1996–1998), Cleveland Indians (1999–2001), New York Mets (2002–2003), Chicago White Sox (2003), Arizona Diamondbacks (2004) and Chicago White Sox (2004)

ACHIEVEMENTS: Career batting average of .300, with 2,724 hits, 1508 runs, 210 home runs and 474 stolen bases. 12 straight All-Star Games (1990-2001), 10 Gold Gloves in an 11 year stretch (1991-2001) and back-to-back World Series rings in 1992 and 1993.



BERT BLYLEVEN
14th Year on Ballot

PLAYING CAREER: Minnesota Twins (1970–1976), Texas Rangers (1976–1977), Pittsburgh Pirates (1978–1980), Cleveland Indians (1981–1985), Minnesota Twins (1985–1988) and California Angels (1989–1992)

ACHIEVEMENTS: Career 287–250 record with a 3.31 ERA in 22 seasons. Ranks fifth all-time in strikeouts (3701), eleventh in starts (685), ninth in shutouts (60) and 14th in innings pitched (4970). Threw no-hitter September 22, 1977. Twice an All-Star (1973 and 1985).


1 comment:

jaxtigerfan said...

Congrats to Blyleven and Alomar. Morris should be next year.