BBA Recommends Alomar, Blyleven For Hall Of Fame


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

2 thoughts on “BBA Recommends Alomar, Blyleven For Hall Of Fame

  1. Poor Kevin Brown…

    What more does he need to do?

    14 full/19 partial MLB seasons

    9 Seasons of 200+ IP
    13 seasons of 170+
    77.2 WAR!!
    127 ERA+
    1.22 WHIP
    and if you’re into the whole W-L thing, he won 67 more games than he lost, good for a .594 win%.

    Let’s put this into perspective.

    In 1998, the year Sammy Sosa won MVP and Tom Glavine won the CY Young Kevin Brown should have won both.

    He posted a 9.3 WAR compared to 7.4 for Sosa and 4.9 for Glavine carrying the Padres into the World Series.

    His 77.2 WAR is good for 10th all time amoung pitchers. 10TH!!!

    That’s more than Eckersly, Carlton, Glavine, and Seaver who is lowest at 52.

    Brown posted a career FIP of 3.33 and xFIP of 3.57.

    His HRA rate is extremely impressive too at .57 hr/9. That’s better than Clemens at .66, Maddux at .63. Randy Johnson at .89.

    Infact the only other players who come close to matching/surpassing Brown in WAR and HRA/9 are Rick Reucshel .56 and Nolan Ryan .54.

    The system is failing Kevin Brown.

    Kevin Brown

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