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Indians release on new Tribe Hall of Famers Blyleven & Alomar

By sstorm Published: January 5, 2011

Good information from an Indians press release Wednesday:

The Cleveland Indians organization congratulates former Indians RHP Bert Blyleven and 2B Roberto Alomar, each of whom was elected today to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Blyleven pitched for the Indians from 1981-85 and went 48-37 with a 3.23 ERA in 104 games (103 starts) for the Tribe. He had 41 complete games, nine shutouts and 548 strikeouts.

He was an American League All-Star in 1985 and finished third in the American League Cy Young voting in both 1984 and 1985. His best season with Cleveland came in '84 when he went 19-7 with a 2.87 ERA in 32 starts (with 170 strikeouts in 245 innings. He finished second in the AL in wins, third in ERA and fourth in strikeouts.

Blyleven finished his exceptional 22-year Major League career (1970 to 1992) with a record of 287-250 with a 3.31 ERA in 692 games (685 games started, 4,970 innings, 4,632 hits, 1,830 earned runs and 3,701 strikeouts). His 3,701 strikeouts are the 5th most in the history of baseball.

Alomar played with the Indians over three seasons from 1999-2001, hitting a combined .323 with 362 runs scored, 114 doubles, 63 home runs, 309 RBI and 106 steals. His 1999 season was arguably one of the finest in club history, hitting .323 with a league-best 138 runs scored, 40 doubles, 24 home runs, 120 RBI and 37 stolen bases while placing third in the AL MVP voting.

Alomar's 138 runs scored and 120 RBI were career-bests and are single-season franchise records for a switch hitter. He won Rawlings Gold Gloves over each of his three seasons and Silver Slugger Awards in 1999 and 2000. He also finished fourth in the AL MVP voting in 2001 (.336 batting average, 113 runs scored, 20 home runs, 100 RBI and 30 stolen bases).

Alomar is one of just four players in history (Barry Bonds, Rickey Henderson and Paul Molitor) with at least 500 career doubles (504), 200 homers (210) and 450 steals (474) to go along with a career batting average of .300.

Mike Hargrove, who played with Blyleven and managed Alomar, added these words regarding the most recent Hall of Famers to wear an Indians uniform:

“I have had, throughout the course of my career as a Major League manager and player, (the pleasure) to have been associated with a number of Hall of Fame players. I cannot think of two more deserving of this honor than Bert and Robbie.

"This should have happened for Bert a long time ago. Bert had obviously the talent and career that screamed for him to be in the Hall of Fame, but he also had a passion for the game that is rivaled by few. I had a lot of fun playing the game of baseball with Bert and the main reason for that, other than him being a great teammate, is that you knew that on the day that he pitched you had a very good chance of winning.

Robbie was, in my opinion, one of the best pure athletic players of his time. When they talk about prototypical second basemen, Robbie’s name will always come up. I have known Robbie since he was a child and watched him grow up in the game. He was a true five-tool player and very deserving of this honor.

My warmest congratulations go out to the both of them.”

Indians Hall of Famer and current First Base Coach Sandy Alomar, who played with his brother in 1999-2000, added these words about Roberto’s election today:

“This is a well deserved, Robbie was an incredible player. He was a pleasure to watch play the game and I am not saying that because he was by brother. He had all the tools and put them all into play.

He was like the perfect handyman. He did it all and did it all well. He might not have been the best at any one thing but he was well above average at everything he did on the field. He was great in school with his grades growing up and excelled at everything we played- soccer, baseball, basketball - you name it, he did it well.

It was an honor to have played with him during our two years in Cleveland together and we also played together in Little League and the minors. You could see at an early age, and he was so advanced for his age, that he was special. He got better as he went along, too, because he played against older, tougher competition the entire time he was growing up. My family and I are very excited for him.”

Blyleven and Alomar are the 30th and 31st individuals to gain election into the National Baseball Hall of Fame who either played or managed with the Cleveland American League Baseball franchise.

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