Dawson Makes Hall; Blyleven, Alomar Miss

Hall of fame voters surprise yet again
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2010 2:39 PM CST
Andre Dawson follows through on a two-run homer in this April 4, 1989, file photo.   (AP Photo/Mark Elias, File)

(Newser) – Andre Dawson was the only player elected into the Hall of Fame today, with Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar missing the cut by just five and eight votes respectively. Dawson, one of only three players to hit 400 home runs and steal 300 bases, received 77.9% of the vote, a big jump from his 67.9% finish last year. “I can’t really explain the elation,” said Dawson. “It’s the greatest feeling an individual can have.”

The vote is a bit of a shocker. Alomar was widely considered a lock, and with 2,700 hits, stole 474 bases and won 10 gold gloves “should have been the easiest choice on the ballot,” writes Rob Neyer of ESPN. Blyleven, meanwhile, has now missed the cut a whopping 13 times, but came closer than ever, and now looks like a mortal lock for Cooperstown.

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