It shouldn't surprise me anymore, but it does.
The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) failed to elect Bert Blyleven into the Hall of Fame by five votes. He received 74.2 percent of the votes when 75 percent is needed.
There's really nothing more to add that hasn't been said before. And I'm not going to beat a dead horse over this issue. I'm sure I feel the same disgust for the Hall of Fame that most knowledgeable baseball fans people do right now.
What possibly shocks me more than Blyleven not getting in is the fact that Roberto Alomar didn't get in.
Alomar, one of the best second basemen in baseball history, received 73.7 percent of the vote. Alomar didn't make the best decisions when he was playing.
We all remember the infamous spitting incident , and I'm sure that had a lot to do with it because I don't see any other logical reason for him being left off of 142 ballots.
In 17 seasons, he collected 2,724 hits, was elected to 12 straight All-Star games and won 10 Gold Gloves. If those numbers don't scream "Hall of Fame," then I think I'm going to have to check myself into some sort of clinic.
How Andre Dawson was elected to the Hall of Fame before guys like Blyleven and Alomar (among several others) is beyond me. Dawson now has the lowest batting average and on-base percentage amongst any Hall of Famer.
It's become hard for me to even care about the Hall of Fame. I mean, how does someone justify voting for David Segui or Pat Hentgen?