January 1st, 2010
Happy New Year–and Welcome to the 2010 Campaign!
Now, BBA is in no way associated or affiliated with the Baseball Writers of America nor do we have any say in the selection of Hall of Fame inductees–We just did this for fun.
That being said, of the 115 member group, 47 (including Boston Red Thoughts) voiced its preferences for the Hall. And it was a close one, folks. Thanks to the rounding rules, Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven scraped by to gain entrance to the Hall.
Alomar, a 1st time candidate, and Blyleven, on his lucky 13th attempt, each received 35 of the 47 votes, which worked out to 74.468%. With rounding, both just reached the 75% threshold that would be needed for induction under the BBWAA rules. Barry Larkin fell just shy of the 35 votes needed with 34, making it 72.340%.
The rest of the voting:
According to the rules of the Baseball Writers of America, the following candidates garnered less than 5% of the vote and would be dropped from the ballot forevermore (Bummer for Ellis…)
Overall, its pretty much in line with where I thought things would fall, with the exception on Mark McGwire–I am surprised he did as well as he did…
The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in the fall of 2009 to encourage cooperation and collaboration between baseball bloggers of all major league teams as well as those that follow baseball more generally.
The BBA currently consists of 115 blogs spanning 29 of the 30 major league squads as well as those that focus on general baseball writing.
Coming up: Look for the Hot Stove to move from the back burner, now that the holidays are over (The Holidays are over…and so is vacation…UGH)