Alomar, Blyleven win Hall of Fame spots

Jan. 5, 2011 at 2:27 PM
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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Roberto Alomar, a 10-time Gold Glove winner, and Bert Blyleven, who struck out 3,701 batters, have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Alomar was named on 90 percent of the ballots in his second year of eligibility. Blyleven, who was five votes short of winning induction last year, was on 79.7 percent of ballots returned by Baseball Writers Association of America voters. A candidate must be named on 75 percent of returned ballots to win a spot in the Hall of Fame. Vote results were released Wednesday.

It was the 14th year Blyleven, a right-handed pitcher, was on the ballot. He retired in 1992, his 22nd season in the major leagues. Blyleven posted a 287-250 record and had an earned run average of 3.31. He played for the Minnesota Twins -- twice -- Texas Rangers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians and California Angels.

His 3,701 strikeouts are fifth most all-time.

Alomar played 17 years, splitting time among seven teams. He spent the most time -- five seasons -- with the Toronto Blue Jays. He won Gold Gloves for his play at second base 10 of the 11 seasons from 1991-2001. He was also selected to the all-star team 12 consecutive years.

Alomar hit .300 with 210 home runs and 1,134 runs batted in over 2,379 games.

Alomar and Blyleven are to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame July 24 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

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