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Rod Carew picked a convenient time to "boycott the Hall of Fame" on Bert Blyleven's behalf

Oct 8, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

Rod Carew, who was inducted into Cooperstown in 1991, said earlier this week that he’ll “boycott the Hall of Fame” if Bert Blyleven “doesn’t get in this year” during his 14th appearance on the ballot.
That’s a very nice gesture by a former teammate, but also one that would have been far more meaningful a decade ago when Blyleven was actually struggling to receive votes. Threatening the boycott now is essentially meaningless, because Blyleven is all but guaranteed to get into the Hall of Fame after falling just five votes short last year.
Blyleven needs 75 percent of the vote for induction and last year he was at 74.2 percent, which was up from 62.7 percent in 2008, 47.7 percent in 2007, and a low of 14.1 percent in 1999. He should get in with votes to spare this time around, and deservedly so, but Carew may want to get behind his next cause a little earlier.

  1. Chipmaker - Oct 8, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Bert is coming up on his 14th ballot. If the voting writers manage to blow it again, he still has one more chance. Probably not gonna need it though.

  2. rawstalk - Oct 8, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    1. I’m not sure players/inductees should really be in the business of boycotting the HOF, or strong-arming the committee into inducting/not inducting someone based on their preferences. If there were some social injustice (beyond baseball), sure. But this really just boils down to opinion.
    2. Putting that aside, should Carew really have been expected to take such a stance for someone who had only just been eligible for a few years? He can probably be excused for allowing the process to run its course for a while.

  3. linfield - Oct 8, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    Bert Blyleven was a very good pitcher, but not a hall of famer. Only 37 games over .500, and his lone 20 win season was 20-17. He just wasn’t great enough in any one area to justify induction, unlike a pitcher like Nolan Ryan.

  4. JefeGrande - Oct 8, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    Haven’t you been on here long enough to realize that wins are a useless stat and not at all indicative of how well a pitcher pitches? Blyleven was on some pretty horrible teams.

  5. bdvl53 - Oct 8, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    I think linfield was being tongue in cheek. Ryan was 32 wins over .500 and had only 2 winning seasons. You want controversy? You can make an argument that Ryan was more show than substance. (Very nice guy though.) His winning percentage mirrored the winning percentage of the teams he played on so he did not carry them despite his flashes of brilliance (7) and his impressive ability to strike batters out. Contrast that to Ford who played on some of the best teams in baseball history, but still significantly outperformed his team’s winning percentage. He did that despite Stengel often not pitching him in a regular rotation, but matching him up against the opponent’s ace. I haven’t figured out the winning percentage of Blyleven compared to his teams, but doubt it is much, if any, worse than Ryan’s.

  6. egypt4 - Oct 10, 2010 at 9:32 AM

    Lets not shame the Hall of Fame by putting blyleven in it. carew is and always was a wantabe, with little or no class. Much like blyleven.

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