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Jan '10 07

Bert Blyleven misses Hall of Fame by 5 Votes

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) announced on Wednesday the results of the 2010 BBWAA Hall of Fame elections. Andre Dawson, who played 16 of his 21 seasons for the Montreal Expos and Chicago Cubs, is the only player to get inducted on July 25 after being included on 420 of the 539 ballots (77.9 percent). It was the ninth try for “The Hawk”, who is one of three players in Major League history to have collected at least 400 homeruns and 300 stolen bases. Barry Bonds and Willie Mays are the other two.

Two former players missed the Hall of Fame narrowly. The 12-time all-star and 10-time Gold Glove second baseman Roberto Alomar missed the induction with 73.7 percent in his first year on the ballot. And then there is Bert Blyleven. In his 13th year eligible for election into the Baseball Hall of Fame he received 400 votes, five short of the necessary requirement. Blyleven, who was born in Zeist, Netherlands and served as pitching coach for the Dutch national team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, won two World Series with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Minnesota Twins during his 22-year career. He is in fifth place all time in the MLB with 3,701 strikeouts.

MLB.com has some quotes from him:

“Five votes short is a little on the sad side,” Blyleven said when reached at his home in Fort Myers, Fla. “But I’m proud that it jumped up 12 percent from last year, and I really appreciate that.

“I was hoping that three of us would be elected,” Blyleven said. “First off, congratulations to Andre Dawson on getting in. But I thought Roberto Alomar would go in as well. I thought it would be cool to go in with him because I kind of watched him grow up when I played with his dad in Texas. Hopefully we’ll go in together next year now.”

Blyleven will remain two more years on the Hall of Fame ballot. He started with 17.5 percent in 1998 and since then steadily improved his election numbers. It is expected that he will make the Hall of Fame eventually.

Complete Results 2010 Hall of Fame elections

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