Judging the Moral Police

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Judging the Moral Police
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Bert Blyleven appeared on 14 Hall of Fame ballots before the Baseball Writers Association of America elected the righty to Cooperstown. After receiving 17.5% of the vote in 1998, the percentage of writers supporting the wandering hurler declined in 1999, and it took Blyleven seven ballots before he reached 30% of the vote. In the midst of what seemed like heated debates about Blyleven’s credentials and the role of baseball statistics in Hall of Fame elections, Blyleven’s position among writers skyrocketed in the middle of the 00′s. By 2008 and 2009, more than 60% of the writers favored Blyleven’s enshrinement, and the righty cracked 70% of ballots in 2010. This leap proved the final step to Blyleven’s enshrinement in 2011...

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