NEW YORK, NY—THE 2011 inductees to the baseball Hall of Fame were introduced in Manhattan today. Roberto Alomar, Jr. and Bert Blyleven addressed the media and spoke about getting the call that confirmed they were going to Cooperstown, NY and their most memorable career moments.
Alomar, 42, received 90% of Hall of Fame writers' votes, the third most in history. He was a .300 lifetime hitter, 10-time Gold Glove winner, 12-time All-Star during his 17 year career as a second baseman. Fourteenth times a charm for Blyleven, 59, who makes it into the Hall with only one year left of eligibility. Known for his dominant curveball, Blyleven, is 5th in career strikeouts and 9th in career shutouts in the league. Both players won two World Series during their careers.
Alomar is the third born Puerto Rican to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, after Roberto Clemente and Orlando Cepeda. He will be inducted as a Toronto Blue Jay. Blyleven is the first Dutch born player to grace the Hall of Fame. He had 287 wins, 3,701 strikeouts and 60 shutouts and enters the Hall with the Minnesota Twins.
Alomar and Blyleven will be inducted into Cooperstown during ceremonies on July 24 along with GM Pat Gillick, who was selected by the Veterans' Committee in December. Gillick was GM of Toronto, Baltimore, Seattle and Philadelphia, winning World Series titles with the Blue Jays in 1992 and 1993, and with the Phillies in 2008.