Posted at 1:12 PM on January 12, 2009
by Than Tibbetts
Ricky Henderson, baseball's most prolific run-scorer and base-stealer, has been elected to the Hall of Fame on his first ballot, and Jim Rice gets in on his 15th and final try.
Meanwhile, Bert Blyleven, baseball's most prolific telestrator operator and 10th most losingest pitcher, will have to wait another year.
Bert told the Pioneer Press that he
wasn't expecting to be elected.
Last year Blyleven stayed home with his wife, Gayle, and watched the results on television.
"We just kind of looked at each other after I was in fourth place," Blyleven said, "and I said we'll never do that again."
I think Bert will get in, but it might take awhile, much like it did with Rice. His numbers compare pretty favorably to HOF'ers Don Sutton and Ferguson Jenkins. And unlike Rice, he doesn't have to deal with writers he alienated.
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I think he'll get in within the next couple years. In the past two years, you had "sure-things" like Gwynn, Ripken, and Henderson. The next couple years don't have anyone like that to take the attention away. Barry Larkin is probably his stiffest competition, and that won't be too much.