It’s going to be a rare year for the National Baseball Hall of Fame as the July 24 induction ceremony will feature a taste of Toronto.
It was announced today that second baseman Roberto Alomar and starting pitcher Bert Blyleven will join general manager Pat Gillick in being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this year. Alomar, a 12-year All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner, won two World Series titles as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. Gillick was the general manager who built those World Series champion teams in Toronto.
Blyleven doesn’t have a Toronto connection, but he was long overdue to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, finally making the cut in his 14th year of eligibility. He amassed “only” 287 wins (27th-best all-time) during his 22 seasons, but also struck out 3,701 batters (fifth-best all-time) and pitched 60 shutouts (ninth-best all-time).
Former Reds shortstop Barry Larkin, who had a lifetime batting average of .295, finished third in the voting, getting 62.1 percent of the 75 percent necessary for enshrinement.