BBA Recommends Alomar, Blyleven for Hall of Fame

What follows is a press release from the Baseball Bloggers Alliance. In the interest of transparency, I am planning on publishing an article in the coming days that will reveal Call to the Pen’s official ballot – and provide reasons for my selections - that was a part of the BBA HOF voting process. Alomar and Blyleven were both among the 10 players that Call to the Pen voted for.



Second baseman Roberto Alomar and starting pitcher Bert Blyleven were named today as the recommended 2011 Hall of Fame class by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance.

Alomar, who is on the ballot for his second year, and Blyleven, looking at his fourteenth time, both finished just shy of the BBA’s recommendation in 2010 at just a fraction under the 75% threshold.  As was the case last year, both Alomar and Blyleven received the same amount of votes from the BBA membership in 2010, but this time it was enough to push them into the recommended status.

Both players received 117 votes out of the 154 ballots cast, resulting in a 75.97% approval rate.  Again echoing the vote taken at the end of 2009, shortstop Barry Larkin was the third man in the balloting, missing selection by being named on just 70.78% of the ballots.

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance’s vote has no impact on the official vote taken by the Baseball Writers of America and the members of the Hall of Fame.  However, the BBA has been often a predictor of awards granted by the writers, matching their selection in fourteen of the sixteen major awards in the last two postseasons combined.

The final voting results are as follows:

Roberto Alomar, 75.97%
Bert Blyleven, 75.97%
Barry Larkin, 70.78%
Jeff Bagwell, 62.34%
Edgar Martinez, 59.09%
Tim Raines, 54.55%
Mark McGwire, 44.16%
Lee Smith, 38.96%
Alan Trammell, 35.71%
Don Mattingly, 33.12%
Larry Walker, 31.17%
Fred McGriff, 27.27%
Jack Morris, 25.97%
Rafael Palmerio, 20.78%
Dale Murphy, 16.23%
Dave Parker, 12.34%
Harold Baines, 10.39%
Kevin Brown, 9.09%
John Franco, 7.14%
Tino Martinez, 5.19%
John Olerud, 5.19%
Al Leiter, 4.55%
Bret Boone, 3.90%
Juan Gonzalez, 3.90%
Marquis Grissom, 2.60%
Benito Santiago, 1.30%
Bobby Higginson, 0.65%
Charles Johnson, 0.65%
Kirk Rueter, 0.65%
Carlos Baerga, 0.00%
Raul Mondesi, 0.00%
BJ Surhoff, 0.00%

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was established in the fall of 2009 for the purpose of fostering collaboration and communication among bloggers from across baseball.  The BBA has quickly grown to its current membership of 256 blogs, including some of the most prominent blogs on the internet, spanning all major league teams and various other general aspects of the game.

More information about the BBA can be found at their website,, or by contacting the founder and administrator of the organization, Daniel Shoptaw, at [email protected].

Tags: Baseball Bloggers Alliance Bert Blyleven Hall Of Fame Roberto Alomar

  • KPB

    Likely exactly what will happen…. though Larkin could easily sneak in. Not sure I understand the lack of love for Lee Smith, who was one hell of a lights out closer in his day. has a solid ranking of all who are not yet in.

    • Wally Fish

      As a kid, I watched Lee Smith close out a lot of games for the Cubs (thanks WGN!) and my impression is that he was very good and very intimidating but he was not quite dominant or “lights out” for me.

      He only finished with an ERA+ over 200 once in 18 seasons (1983). By contrast Mariano Rivera has done it 11 out of 16 seasons. Joe Nathan has done it 5 out of his last 6 seasons. Soria has done it 3 out of 4 seasons (his rookie year was a 185).

      Now in fairness to Smith, ERA+ measures you against your peers in a given season. With expansion and all the other evolutions of the game, you can certainly argue that it was much tougher to turn in a season with an ERA+ over 200 for a reliever (Eck only did it 2 times in 24 seasons. But there are other statistical reasons to not be on board in my opinion (I may do a post on why I didn’t vote for some guys in the next week or so at which point I’ll go into this more fully)

      For me he was never dominant and 9th innings were too often an adventure. Smith’s outing typically weren’t on the Rod Beck or Mitch Williams scale of adventure though so he’s got that going for him …

      Based on my feelings after watching him throughout his entire career and my evaluation of the stats, I did not vote for him this year but he’s not in that “hell no” category that most players are for me.

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