The National Baseball Hall of Fame welcomes its newest members on Sunday at 1:30PM ET with the headliners being Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven and Pat Gillick. The Cooperstown institution does a fantastic job of celebrating the occasion each year with a weekend filled with star-studded events.
It culminates with the coronation of the new inductees and this year’s class has undeniable credentials. Alomar was one of the more spectacular 2B of his generation with both his bat and his glove while playing on two World Series championship teams. Gillick, one of the game’s great GM’s, was the architect of Toronto’s back-to-back World Series championships, of which Alomar was an integral part.
And Blyleven, despite what was previously referred to as “undeniable” credentials, has been made to wait but now joins the Hall as a very deserving member. His strikeout numbers place him fifth all-time. He won a World Series title with Minnesota in 1987. The Dutchman threw 90 shutouts which places him ninth all-time. Why it took so long is a mystery, but now he’s in.
For more info on this year’s class as well as the Hall’s glorious history, visit the official website of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.