On his fourteenth appearance on the Hall of Fame ballot, former Minnesota Twins great Bert Blyleven has finally received enough votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America to gain enshrinement in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Blyleven, who also played for the Texas Rangers, Pittsburgh Pirates (who he won a World Series with in 1979), Cleveland Indians, and California Angels, will be joined by Robert Alomar as the only two players elected to the Hall from this year's class.
Blyleven was named on 79% of the ballots that were cast, just above the 75% needed for enshrinement. Alomar was named on 90% of the ballots that were cast.
The Hall of Fame ceremonies for this year will be held on July 24 in Cooperstown.
Blyleven, a 22-year Major League veteran, won 287 games in his career, and still sits in fifth place on the all-time strikeout list with 3,701. He also threw 60 shutouts over the course of his career, along with 242 complete games.
We here at SB Nation Minnesota, along with fans of the Minnesota Twins everywhere, want to congratulate Bert Blyleven on finally getting the recognition that he should have gotten a long, long time ago.
Now, the big question. . .will anyone be getting a "hot foot" at this year's induction ceremony?