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“Robbie was an incredible player. He was a pleasure to watch play the game and I am not saying that because he was my brother. He had all the tools and put them all into play,” former Cleveland teammate Sandy Alomar Jr. said.
Blyleven’s career stats have gotten a boost in recent years by sabermetricians who have new ways to evaluate baseball numbers.
“I could not be happier if it was my own son,” Twins Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew said. “I played in the first game Bert pitched for the Minnesota Twins in 1970. … I wish it wouldn’t have taken so long but now that he is in, it’s wonderful.”
Barry Larkin and Tim Raines showed gains in this year’s voting. Pete Rose received three write-in votes.
Larkin (62 percent) and Jack Morris (54 percent) could get more consideration next year, when Bernie Williams is the top first-year candidate.
“My words to Jack are, ‘Don’t give up,’” Blyleven said.
AP Sports Writer Howard Fendrich in Washington contributed to this report.
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