How is he not in Cooperstown?

3,071 career strikeouts (fifth best all time)
287 career wins
ERA of 3.31
17 years of at least 10 wins
242 complete games, with 60 shutouts.

Clearly Bert Blyleven had to have done something wrong against the commissioner of baseball, or the sports writers of America, to still have not been inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame, right? The stats are hard to compare with any other major leaguer, which should be a good indication that he deserves a plaque. While watching the Mets game last night, Ron Darling was constantly expressing his dismay that Blyleven hadn’t made it to Cooperstown yet and I must agree with him 100%. If he can’t get in, why should Curt Schilling be given the honor?

What could be the reason for keeping this man out? Some have argued that he was never the best pitcher in baseball (zero Cy Young awards, tying Curt Schilling), but the simple fact that he was able to pitch for 22 seasons is impressive enough. Though he did accumulate 250 losses with his 287 wins, he was still dominant early on, with 7 straight seasons of at least 215 strikeouts (double digit losses each of those years).

Was it steroids? Did he bet on baseball? These seem to be the only reasons for someone of his stature not to be included in Cooperstown. I have never heard anything even remotely close to connecting Blyleven with steroids or betting and in fact only hear from sports reporters and commentators that he should be inducted.

If nothing comes up as to why this man doesn’t deserve it, the Baseball Writers of America need to take a stance and vote Blyleven into the Hall of Fame.


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