The 2010 Baseball Hall of Fame Election Predictions

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The 2010 Baseball Hall of Fame Election Predictions
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The 2010 Baseball Hall of Fame election is coming up and there is a lot of buzz surrounding this one.

There are a few first year players on the ballot that will surely cause some commotion.

And of course there are players that have been on the ballot forever.

My top picks for election this year are Andre Dawson, Bert Blyleven, Roberto Alomar, Lee Smith, Jack Morris, and Barry Larkin.

My top two out of them are Dawson and Blyleven.

Dawson has been on the ballot for nine years. He received 67 percent of the vote last year and is the most likely to make it this year.

He spent most of his career as an outfielder for the Montreal Expos and Chicago Cubs. He batted .279 with 438 home runs, 2774 hits, 1591 RBIs, 314 stolen bases, and 1373 runs scored.

He won the 1977 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 1987 NL MVP Award. He won eight Gold Gloves and made eight All-Star teams.

Blyleven was a starting pitcher for a number of teams during his career. He was called up to the bigs when he was 19 and had instant success.

During his career, Blyleven had a record of 287-250 with a 3.31 ERA, 4970 innings pitched, 3701 strikeouts, and 60 shutouts.  Last year he won 62 percent of the vote.

Roberto Alomar, who is on the ballot for the first time had a stellar career. He batted .300 with 2724 hits, 210 home runs, 1134 RBIs,474 stolen bases, and 1508 runs scored. He made 12 All-Star teams and won 10 Gold Gloves.

Barry Larkin, who is also on the ballot for the first time, also had a great career as a shortstop. He spent his entire career in Cincinnati.

He had a lifetime average of .295 with 2340 hits, 198 home runs, 960 RBIs, 1329 runs scored, and 379 stolen bases. He was the 1995 NL MVP. He also made 12 All-Star teams and won nine Silver Sluggers.

Lee Smith, who has been on the ballot for eight years, was a closer mostly for the Cubs during his career. He finished his career with a 71-92 record and a 3.03 ERA. He also saved 478 games, which is third all-time.  He also struck out 1251 batters.  He received 44 percent of the vote last year.

Jack Morris was the dominant pitcher for the Detroit Tigers during his career. He had a record of 254-186 and posted an ERA of 3.90. He struck out 2478 batters and threw 3824 innings during his career. He made five All-Star teams.

I say Andre Dawson and Bert Blyleven are in.

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