The 2010 baseball Hall of Fame class will be announced on Jan. 6 and one player is taking the proactive approach to his candidacy.

Pitcher Bert Blyleven is in his 13th year of eligibility and has become increasingly frustrated that he’s not a member of the Hall of Fame. He makes some interesting points in his behalf and doesn’t dodge the negative (example — he points out he also lost the 10th most games of all-time, 250).

Blyleven won 287 games. which means he fell 13 victories short of the so-called magic number for pitchers in terms of easily being inducted. He ranks fifth in career strikeouts (3,701) and ninth in shutouts (60).

The shutouts resonate the most with me in that you usually have to pitch a full nine innings to get a shutout. Many of today’s big-money pitchers won’t even throw 60 complete games in their careers, let alone toss 60 shutouts.

Also, Blyleven may have won 300 career games if he didn’t play for some really bad Minnesota Twins teams during part of his career. And he’s right when he points out the hardest thing for a starting pitcher to control is victories.

Anyway, here is a link to Blyleven making his case for the Hall of Fame: (

To be elected, a player must be named on 75 percent of the ballots. Last year, Blyleven received 62.7 percent of the vote, second among people who didn’t get elected behind outfielder Andre Dawson (67.0 percent).

Competition for election will come from some candidates eligible for the first time — second baseman Roberto Alomar, shortstop Barry Larkin, first baseman Fred McGriff and designated hitter Edgar Martinez.

Coincidentally, Alomar and McGriff were once part of the same trade when the San Diego Padres sent Alomar and Joe Carter to the Toronto Blue Jays for McGriff and Tony Fernandez.

Oh yeah, Mark McGwire remains on the ballot but the baseball poster boy for steroids has about as good a chance of being elected as my brother Danny, who last played on a hardball team in 1988. Danny’s only steroid use involved Nasacort, a nasal spray that is legal when prescribed.

McGwire, of course, has never come clean about his alleged steroids use and baseball writers are working in collusion to keep him out of the Hall of Fame until he steps up to the plate about the subject.

Lee Smith, a top-notch closer, and Jack Morris, a pitching ace, also are among the holdovers on the ballot.

  1. CrazyLarry says:

    Poor Aalbert! I always remember Blyleven as the great pitcher who never was.The Twins of Carew Oliva and Killebrew didn’t score for the poor man? When he went to the Pirates the LumberCompany ,I guess, couldn’t score for him either.He was a compiler: pitched for a long time very sucessfully ,and still couldn’t win 300.Debates over who was the best pitcher in MLB never included his name-in the 1970s or 80s.Pitching for 2 World Champs ,the 1979 Bucs and 1987 Twins,may be his strongest asset but basically he’s a glorified Dave Stieb.

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