Bert Blyleven: Hall of Famer or not?

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Welcome to The Show! On Wednesday, Page 2's Jim Caple will drop by at 1 p.m. ET for another installment of "That's Debatable," a feature in which we break down a hot topic. This week, we're examining some of the candidates on the MLB Hall of Fame ballot.

Wednesday's question: Is Bert Blyleven a Hall of Famer or not?


He won 287 games -- only one other non-eligible pitcher (Tommy John) won that many and is not in Cooperstown. He threw 60 shutouts (ninth all-time and just one fewer than Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez combined) and 242 complete games (twice as many as Clemens). He struck out 3,701 batters, fifth all-time. He threw a curveball that is still used as the standard for comparison. He finished in the top five in ERA six times. He threw a no-hitter and helped two teams to world championships.


He received Cy Young votes in only four years and never finished higher than third. He made the All-Star team only twice. He only once won 20 games despite pitching in an era when that was still the benchmark. He lost 250 games.


For a number of years I didn't vote for Blyleven. He isn't a slam dunk candidate but the Hall of Fame isn't reserved only for 300-win, multiple Cy Young slam dunks. There is room for pitchers other than Tom Seaver. Blyleven was a very good pitcher for a very long time and I always second-guessed myself for not voting for him. I now vote for him and feel very confident with that vote. He belongs in the Hall.

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