By La Velle
When Jeff Idelson, the president of the Baseball Hall of Fame, opened by calling the vote on of the closest ever, I knew Bert Blyleven was doomed.
I sensed that more writers were voting for him, but I wasn’t sure how many. Now we know: He needed five more.
It must be agonizing for Blyleven, getting this close after 13 tries but still without his day in the sun. But he will get in. He’s got to. Five votes are too close for him not to.
What’s just as shocking is that Roberto Alomar didn’t get in. I figured he would get in before Andre Dawson. Did the spitting incident cost him this year?
Will try to have more later after I get a hold of Blyleven. I guess we can, at least, spend the next year referring to him as the, “future Hall of Famer.”