Bert Blyleven is generally considered the best pitcher not in the Hall of Fame, and a lot has been written about his Hall of Fame chances. And when this year's HoF inductees are announced later today, we'll see if the BBWAA agrees with those who make the argument that he belongs. Blyleven has been eligible for the Hall since 1998, but the highest percentage of votes he has received has been 62.7% (75% is needed for induction).
Yet Blyleven has fared well with other groups of knowledgeable baseball writers. True Blue LA recently announced the HoF picks of the SB Nation baseball bloggers, and Blyleven received 92.3% of their vote. And the IBWAA gave Blyleven 88% of its vote.
Will the past catch up with the present for Bert? Will the BBWAA join the modern thinking in this new decade? Will they ever learn to spell "baseball" as one word? At least two of those questions should be answered today.