Posted by: Jeremy | January 7, 2010

Alomar falls just short


No AIDS, but also no Hall of Fame for Robbie (not yet, at least)

Being enshrined in the hallowed Blue Jays Level of Excellence will have to suffice for Roberto Alomar for at least one more year — the greatest second baseman of this generation fell eight votes short of reaching the Hall of Fame yesterday in his first year of eligibility, finishing with 73.7 percent of the votes (with 75.0 the magic mark). Former Expo and Cub Andre Dawson was the only player to make the cut, finishing at 77.9 percent in his ninth year on the ballot.

Sure, Alomar’s omission this year is a bit of a disappointment, but considering players generally receive more and more support in the vote each year, he’s basically a shoe-in for 2011. I’ve never quite understood why it makes a difference from year-to-year — if a player is Hall of Fame caliber, then shouldn’t he be in in his first year of eligibility? If he’s not right away, then why so deserving the next (or in Dawson’s case, the ninth) time? Oh well, that’s the way it goes. Alomar will get his, that’s for sure.

Also of note, 287-game winner Bert Blyleven fell just shy in his 13th year on the ballot, finishing with a 74.2 percent favour and likely ensuring he’ll be enshrined with Alomar in 2011, assuming he doesn’t go and drop F-bombs while broacasting anytime between now and then.

Other former Jays receiving votes included Jack Morris (282 votes, 52.3 percent), Fred McGriff (116, 21.5 in his first year of eligibility), Dave Parker (82, 15.2), Pat Hentgen (one, 0.2) and David Segui (seriously?) (one, 0.2).

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  1. I’ve been looking forward to the day of Alomar’s induction into the hall for awhile, and I can’t figure out why that day wasn’t yesterday. I don’t know why Blyleven isn’t in yet either, but I do love that clip.

  2. I thought it was pretty ridiculous that Alomar didn’t get in. I think it’s lame that they are only inducting one guy. The BBWAA isn’t set up right, there should be another way to get guys in. We have to put up with dinosaur’s deciding whether a guy is worthy or not… Anyways, I wrote a piece a couple days ago on why I feel Tim Raines should be enshrined!

    I see that you’ve added us to your blogroll! Thanks for the support! I added you to ours and will check back every time I hear some news from north of the border 🙂

  3. Unbelievable that Alomar didn’t make it in; he will make it next year, but I don’t understand the games these sportswriters play, changing their votes year after year. Congrats to Dawson, but Alomar, Blyleven, Raines, Larkin and even Martinez are more worthy candidates in my mind.

  4. @chappy81: Especially disappointing for Jays fans, since he’ll be the first to be inducted as a Toronto player. Oh well, his time will come…

    Thanks for adding me to your blogroll, too!

  5. @Chris: Exactly. Like I said, I’m not sure how guys go from being not worthy one year to being worthy the next. Alomar, Blyleven, Raines and the rest will have their day eventually, but like Dawson, will have to pay their dues. Not sure why, though.

  6. In all honesty, I just like trading comments with people who know sports! Keep up the good work!

  7. It seems too much power is put on these “intellectually superior” ball writers. Numbers should be a bench mark, and reviewed every few years by former players, and hall of famers. with, the exceptions of certain players who define moments (Joe Carter-1993…Kirk Gibson-1987…etc).
    the writers get a pissy for a ball player, then that grudge is held for a later date.
    besides…. what’s to say Alomar will go in as a BLUE JAY?????
    Dawson’s majority of his career was as a EXPO…but he’ll go in as a CUB!!


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