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“Blyleven, now 59, pitched against Alomar and his father, Sandy Alomar Sr. It was quite a climb for Blyleven, who helped pitch Pittsburgh to the 1979 title and Minnesota to the 1987 crown. Many years ago, he drew barely over 14 percent in the BBWAA voting. "I could not be happier if it was my own son," Twins Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew said. "I played in the first game Bert pitched for the Minnesota Twins in 1970. ... I wish it wouldn't have taken so long but now that he is in, it's wonderful." Barry Larkin and Tim Raines showed gains in this year's voting. Pete Rose received three write-in votes. Larkin finished third in balloting, receiving 62 percent of the votes. The only other player who finished above 50 percent was pitcher Jack Morris, who was selected on 53 percent of the ballots. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
I'm very, very happy for him. It's overdue.” -- John Hirschbeck on Roberto Alomar