Somewhere VJJ is getting a tingly feeling is his jeans. His boyhood hero, Andre Dawson, is this year's only inductee to the baseball Hall of Fame. So it's gonna be a party in the VJJ house tonight! Bust out the Expos jersey baby!
Those that didn't make it include Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar. My only question on those is "why the fuck not?" Alomar is one of the top second basemen to ever play the game by whatever number you want to look at. My guess is that this is backlash for the ugly spitting incident, involving umpire John Hirschbeck, back in 1996. If you don't recall just how ugly that scene was, here's a little refresher:
Add that in with the ridiculous sanctity that some writers place on being a "First Ballot" hall of famer, and you have a completely plausible (if mildly insane) explanation for Alomar's omission. If he's not in next year you writers are going to have a lot of 'splaining to do.
As for Blyleven, who does this guy have to blow to finally get into the GD Hall of Fame? I guess he'll just have take the Jim Rice approach and keeping going 'til he finds the right one. I have to believe he'll be in eventually, right? If Blyleven had 13 more wins (He finished with 287) he would have been one of those precious "First Ballot" guys 13 year ago. As it is he's just a guy with 3,701 strikeouts (5th all-time), a K:BB ratio of nearly 3 to 1, 60 career shutouts, and just two more shots at enshrinement. He got 400 votes this year, he needed 405. One has to wonder if this is as close as Bert gets.