Wednesday, January 6, 2010
The BBWAA chokes. Again.
Bert Blyleven (above) fell five votes short of Hall of Fame induction in the results announced Wednesday.
Roberto Alomar — who I reckon was one of the ten greatest second baseman in history — didn't make it either. Nor did Barry Larkin — one of the 10 best shortstops in history.
Andre Dawson did. The Hawk was a good player. He wasn't anywhere near as good as Tim Raines, but why vote for the second greatest leadoff hitter in history when you can induct somebody whose career on-base percentage is 20 points lower than the previous worst among HOF outfielders?
Dawson isn't quite as bad a joke as last winter's selection of Jim Rice, but it's close.
It used to be that almost all the mistake inductions into the Hall came from the various Veterans Committees. After Jim Bunning, Tony Perez, Rice and Dawson, it's becoming increasingly common for the writers to boff it.