Bert’s In

After 14 years, Bert Blyleven makes it into the Hall of Fame with nearly 80 percent of the vote.

“Blyleven was picked on 79.7 percent — it takes 75 percent to reach the shrine. The great curveballer won 287 games, threw 60 shutouts and is fifth with 3,701 strikeouts. This was his 14th time on the ballot and his career stats have received a boost in recent years from sabermetricians who have new ways to evaluate baseball numbers.”

Remarkably, Blyleven–who might have lost more 1-0 games pitching for bad teams than any other pitcher in history–received only 17.55% of the vote for Hall of Fame admission in his first year of eligibility in 1998. It took a long time to right the wrong, but it’s right now.

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