Alomar, Blyleven earn Hall election
Alomar was named on 90% of the ballots cast, while Blyleven’s name was checked on 79.7%. That was enough for both to earn election after falling eight and five votes shy, respectively, a year ago. They were the only players elected and are set to be inducted in a ceremony on July 24 at the Hall.
I would expect Alomar to go into the Hall with a Blue Jays cap on and Blyleven seems a shoo-in to be elected as a member of the Twins. That said, both players enjoyed strong seasons during their time with the Indians.
Alomar elevated his game to new heights while with the Tribe from 1999-2001, averaging .323/.405/.515 over those seasons. He averaged 21 homers, 38 doubles, 35 stolen bases, 103 RBIs and 121 runs over that span. Along the way, he picked up three All-Star nods, three Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers.
Twice with the Tribe, Alomar pieced together seasons with at least a .300 average, a .400 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging. He had three such seasons in his career. Since 1900, only five second baseman have had at least three seasons of at least .300/.400/.500. Soe impressive names, too. Try Rogers Hornsby (9 times), Charlie Gehringer (7), Jackie Robinson (4), Nap Lajoie (3) and Alomar.
As for Blyleven, he went 48-37 with a 3.23 in 104 career games for the Indians from 1981-85. He was acquired via trade from the Pirates in December 1980 and dealt to the Twins in August of ’85. In ’84 and ’85, Blyleven finished third in boting for the American League Cy Young Award. He was an All-Star in 1985.
I probably don’t have to remind too many of you about the balloting in 1984. Blyleven went 19-7 with a 2.87 ERA, completed 12 games and logged 245 innings. He earned four first-place votes. The two who finished higher in voting were relievers Dan Quisenberry of the Royals and Willie Hernandez of the Tigers. Hernandez took home both the Cy and the MVP.
In that group, Blyleven’s WAR of 6.2 ranked highest. Hernandez had a WAR of 4.8 and Quisenberry’s came in at 3.2. Among those who received Cy votes, only Toronto Dave Stieb ranked better than Bly with a 7.7 WAR in 1984. To put Blyleven’s 6.2 in perspective, consider that Bob Feller had a WAR higher than that four times in his storied career.
Congrats to both Alomar and Blyleven on earning election today.