Apparently, the Powers That Be wanted to ensure that Bert Blyleven's enshrinement resulted in rhyme time.
Congratulations to Blyleven and Alomar for their well-deserved (if delayed) elections.
A few quick notes:
- Barry Larkin jumped to 62.1%, which makes his enshrinement likely a question of when rather than if
- Tim Raines lost ground, dropping to 30.4% from 37.5% and making my life 7.1% less awesome
- Jeff Bagwell on only 41.7% of ballots; I'm not surprised, just disappointed
- Harold Baines finally fell below 5%; he will be missed
- Dave Parker didn't get the final year bump in votes that most players do, but stayed on the ballot all 15 years
- Kevin Brown got only 2.1% of the vote, something I was afraid of as I looked more and more at this class; Brown might not be a Hall of Famer, but he sure as hell deserved a look before falling off the ballot, as I'm sure he's got a damn good case
- John Franco also deserved to stick around, though I'm very, very skeptical that he has much of a case
All-in-all, it was a tough ballot for newcomers, and I'm pretty disappointed at some of the names that we won't get to consider next year, but to reiterate:
BLYLEVEN IN 2011!