Hall Of Fame Voting Results. Do What You Will

Here’s the results for the 2011 HOF voting. You may laugh. You may cry. You might even get a little cranky. Rest easy, Been Stew supporters (plural?), knowing that the greatest tattoo in baseball history is getting his name out there:

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One Response to Hall Of Fame Voting Results. Do What You Will

  1. PW says:

    I’m not debating Blyleven’s merits of being in the Hall of Fame, but he only received 17.5% of the vote in his first year of eligibility, 1998; down to 14.1% in 1999; back up to 17.4% in the 2000; 23.4% in 2001; 26.3% in 2002; 29.2% in 2003; 35.4% in 2004; 40.9% in 2005; 53.3% in 2006; 47.7% in 2007; 61.9% in 2008; 62.7% in 2009; and 74.2% in 2010.

    I don’t get it…

    How do you gain votes for several years in a row, lose votes in 2007, then subsequently regain those votes (I assume) and more on the way to enshrinement just 4 years later.

    I have no problem with Blyleven being in the Hall of Fame, I just don’t understand how all of a sudden he is one. (Like everyone else I’m sure.) From looking at his numbers and reading your previous posts, he sure looks like one. I think this sentence of your Carlton/Blyleven post pretty much sums it up: “But based on their bodies of work, I see no reason why Carlton waltzed into the Hall on his first try while Blyleven has agonized for 14 years on the ballot. Well actually, I know the reason. The writers who largely ignored him during his career are the same writers that cast the ballots for the Hall of Fame.

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