Congratulations to Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven on being elected to Cooperstown this week. Every year once the Hall of Fame voting is complete, you’ll hear the outrage of fans, players and sabermetric lovers.

How could Blyleven be a Hall of Famer in 2010 when the writers didn’t think he was worthy in 2006?!

How could the writers not look at sabermetrics stats like WAR?!

How did Jack Morris get 52 percent of the vote?! How did Kevin Brown only get two percent of the vote?!

The Hall of Fame debate always frustrates me because everyone thinks they know exactly who and who should not be in the Hall. If it was that easy to decide who goes and who doesn’t, we wouldn’t even need to vote. I’m OK with having the writers determine the votes. Of course, you’re going to have idiots out there who are bitter at this guy or that guy, but the majority of them are trying to do the right thing. That’s why it’s a subjective vote.

Sabermetrics took no time claiming that Blyleven’s election was a sign of the writers acceptance of lesser used baseball statistics like WAR in which Bert is 13th among all pitchers all-time. Wrong again. Blyleven’s vote into the Hall is just another example of the player being due. Look at how long it took Jim Rice to get in. Blyleven’s journey took a while as well. Besides the no doubt Hall of Famers which are elected in their first year, the voters tend to make some of the players wait a while and let the debate build up on that particular player. It was just Blyleven’s time.

Anyway, the talk should focus around appreciating Alomar and Blyleven’s careers instead of why another player only received 40 percent of the vote. Blyleven is obviously remembered more for his career with the Twins, but the “We Are Family” ’79 Pirates team couldn’t have done it without him. That’s what I’ll remember.

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