Five short for BlylevenMinnesota Sports-- Former Twins pitcher Bert Blyleven fell five votes short of induction into Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame yesterday.
MINNEAPOLIS - Former Twins pitcher Bert Blyleven says he's waited for 13 years to get inducted to baseball's Hall of Fame, and that another year won't hurt him.
Blyleven missed induction by five votes in the balloting of a nationwide panel of baseball writers. His total of 400 votes was a huge jump from last year's balloting, an indication that the righthander will eventually gain admittance to the shrine in Cooperstown, New York.
Blyleven is fifth on the all-time list in strikeouts and ninth all-time in shutouts. The only player to pick up enough votes for induction was outfielder Andre Dawson, an eight-time All-Star who played for the Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox and Florida Marlins.