First, please stop snickering at the word “shaft.”
Andre Dawson was the only legend voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this afternoon. The Hawk received 420 out of 539 votes for 77.9% — 2.9% more than the 75% needed to be inducted. [math whiz]
I’m pretty disappointed that Bert Blyleven was once again ignored by many Baseball Writers Association of America voters, missing his deserved HoF induction by 0.8%. Five votes. I am far more disappointed that Roberto Alomar — who I’m pretty sure is a shoe-in — missed by 1.3%. That’s more or less stupid. He dominated second base in his day.
The crappiest part of this whole deal? Five ballots were turned in blank. I’m not sure whether that’s due to confusion or just pure laziness.
Anyway, instead of going on and on about stats and longevity, I’m going to let Twitter do the talking.
@LloydtheBarber: THEY’RE SHOWING US WHO’S BOSS! THE AUGUST AND HOLY BBWAA MEMBERS WON’T BE BULLIED BY YOUR STATS.
@acforever: Kay that’s enough baseball. It’s effing January here.
@fetch9: Way to pick the 5th ish best position player on the ballot.
@iracane: No big deal, now Blyleven and Alomar can go into the HOF with Kirk Rueter and Jose Offerman in 2011.
@OverTheBaggy: Bert Blyleven is demanding they count every hanging chad.
@williamfleitch: Hey, don’t blame me: I voted for Nader.
@suss2hyphens: Kevin Appier received a vote, but it was a misfiled ballot for his condo association presidency.
@sharapovasthigh: Turning in a blank ballot should be a felony.
@The700Level: Why isn’t Von Hayes in the Hall of Fame yet?!? #fakeoutrage
@mbschultz74: Bert Blyleven got hosed. I’ll circle it, too.
@willbrinson: It’s really, really time to blow up the MLB Hall of Fame and start over. What a f’ing crock.
@jmarthaler: A cool nickname and the ability to make seven outs for every ten trips to the plate are HOF-worthy. Good to know, I suppose.
@danport: If David Segui isn’t a first-ballot Hall of Famer, then my name’s not Jay Mariotti. #fakeBWAAquotesTweet
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