Blyleven, Alomar fall just short in baseball Hall of Fame vote
Published 8:18 am Thursday, January 7, 2010
In his 13th year on the Hall of Fame ballot, the Dutch pitcher with the neatly groomed beard and big-breaking curveball came within five votes of election to Cooperstown on Wednesday.
Five votes! That’s close enough to make a man rant.
But for Blyleven, the latest results represent progress. After waiting more than a decade for his accomplishments to be fully appreciated, he’s a just whisper shy of enshrinement with two tries left on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot.
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“The writers are finally getting it,” Blyleven said in a telephone interview.