Yesterday, the 2011 MLB Hall of Fame Inductees were announced. Roberto Alomar was voted into the MLB Hall of Fame with 90 percent of the vote. Bert Blyleven was voted into the MLB Hall of Fame with 79.7 percent of the vote. For a player to be voted into the MLB Hall of Fame they need to get 75 percent of the vote. These were the only two players to get the 75 percent voted needed to make it into the MLB Hall of Fame in 2011
Roberto Alomar was a MLB second baseman who played for eight major league teams. He had a .300 lifetime batting average with 2724 hits, 210 HR’s, 1134 RBS’s and 474 Stolen Bases. Roberto Alomar was voted into to the MLB All-Star game 12 or his 15 years in MLB. Roberto Alomar is known as one of the best all time second basemen in MLB history. He won ten Gold Gloves in his career, more than any other second basemen in history. Roberto Alomar also won two World Series Championships and four Silver Slugger Awards. Roberto Alomar becomes a MLB Hall of Famer during his second year of eligibility. Some people believed he was spurned last year for spitting on an umpire.
It has been a long ride for Bert Blyleven. He finally was voted in to the MLB Hall of Fame in 2011 after a long wait. Bert Blyleven played in MLB from 1970-1992 as a pitcher. Blyleven amassed a 287-250 record over his long career. He played with six MLB baseball teams. Bert Blyleven’s ERA for his career was a measly 3.31, this is for a career. Most MLB pitchers would be overjoyed to have an ERA like this over one season; Blyleven did it for his entire career. Bert Blyleven also struck out 3701 batters, won two World Series Championships and pitched a No-Hitter on September 22, 1977. Bert Blyleven has a nasty curveball, the perfect strikeout pitch. Last year, Blyleven missed the MLB Hall of Fame by a sliver, getting 74.2 percent of the vote.
Some other notable players who did not make it into the Hall of Fame in 2011
Barry Larkin received 62.1 percent of the HOF vote
Jack Morris received 53.5 percent of the HOF vote
Lee Smith received 45.3 percent of the HOF vote
Jeff Bagwell received 41.7 percent of the HOF vote
Tim Raines received 37.5 percent of the HOF vote
Edgar Martinez received 32.9 percent of the HOF vote- possible steroid user
Allan Trammel received 24.3 percent of the HOF vote
Larry Walker received 20.3 percent of the HOF vote
Mark McGwire received 19.8 percent of the HOF vote-steroid user
Fred McGriff received 17.9 percent of the HOF vote
Dave Parker received 15.3 percent of the HOF vote
Don Mattingly received 13.6 percent of the HOF vote
Dale Murphy received 12.6 percent of the HOF vote
Rafael Palmeiro received 11 percent of the HOF vote-steroid user
The 2011 MLB Hall of Fame vote is over; Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven are the class of 2011 for MLB baseball’s Hall of Fame. The two players will join manager Pat Gillick for the induction ceremonies on July 24 in Cooperstown, NY. Gillick was elected last month by a HOF Veteran’s committee. Roberto Alomar told the press that this was the happiest day of his life. It took Roberto two years to make it into the MLB Hall of Fame; Bert Blyleven spent 14 years of eligibility before he made it. Congratulations go out to Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven for their induction into MLB baseball’s Hall of Fame in 2011.