Roberto Alomar a many times over All-Star second baseman and Bert Blyleven who nearly won 300 games in his major league career were voted to join the National Baseball Hall of Fame after the results were announced Wednesday.
Alomar built his hall of fame career while playing for seven different teams. He began his career in 1985 playing for the San Diego Padres. From there he went to the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks before completing his final season in 2004 back with the White Sox.
During his five year stint with Toronto he contributed to them winning the 1992 and 1993 World Series.
Always a solid defender at second base he earned ten Gold Gloves while having a career batting average right at .300 and being a twelve time All-Star.
Championships were won in Toronto but his three year tenure in Cleveland provided some moments that even a casual baseball fan at the time might remember. Roberto was not the only Alomar playing professional baseball. His older brother Sandy was a catcher who was on the Indians roster as well. Seeing professional athletes on the field with a relative always seems to bring out their best, this might be why two of his most prolific seasons at the plate happened in Cleveland. In 1999 his batting average was .323 with 24 home runs, 120 runs batted in and 37 stolen bases. 2001 brought similar numbers with a .336 bating average, 20 homers, 100 RBI's and 20 steals.
Unfortunately Roberto Alomar's baseball career did not go into the books without controversy. During a heated argument with home plate umpire John Hirschbeck over a called third strike Alomar spit in Hirschbeck's face. Alomar's reasoning was that Hirschbeck used a racial slur during the argument and even publicly mentioned Hirschbeck's son recently passing away from a rare brain disorder. Hirschbeck's response was intended to be physical but he was restrained and kept away from Alomar.
Alomar received a five game suspension from Major League Baseball for his actions.
This sad incident ended positively with both gentlemen making public apologies and shaking hands as well as Alomar making a charitable donation to research related to the disease that took Hirschbeck's son.
Bert Blylevin was a right hander who played for five Major League teams. He made his debut for the Minnesota Twins in 1970. He also pitched for the Texas Rangers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians and at the time the California Angels. His last professional season was with the Angels in 1992.
Blylevin won 287 games while amassing 3,701 strikeouts and an earned run average of 3.31.
He was twice selected as an All-Star and won two World Series' in 1979 and 1987 with Pittsburgh and Minnesota respectively.
Blylevin threw a no-hitter in 1977 while pitching for the Pirates.
Even though his playing days are over fans can still see Bert around the ballpark. Since 1996 he has been a part of the Twins broadcast team.
Bert Blylevin has already announced that he will enter the Hall of Fame as a Minnesota Twin as he should. Robert Alomar has not disclosed which team he will go in as but I expect him to select Toronto.