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Cooperstown Welcomes Three

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Newly elected members to the National Baseball Hall of Fame (L to R) Pat Gillick, Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven hold their new placques following induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, New York on July 24, 2011.   UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Newly elected members to the National Baseball Hall of Fame (L to R) Pat Gillick, Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven hold their new placques following induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, New York on July 24, 2011. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The Baseball Hall of Fame now includes former players Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven.

Alomar started off his speech in his native Spanish, saying he’s proud to join the late Roberto Clemente and Orlando Cepeda as the only Puerto Ricans in the Hall of Fame. Alomar was one of the greatest second basemen in major league history, making 12 All-Star appearances and winning 10 Gold Gloves. He ended his career with over 2,700 hits, 210 home runs and more than 1,100 RBI.

Blyleven ended a long wait to get into the Hall of Fame.  He’s been on the ballot since 1998 and becomes the first Dutch-born player to be enshrined.

Blyleven went 287-250 with 60 shutouts and 242 complete games in his 22-year big league career. He’s ninth on the all-time list in shutouts and fifth with 3,701 strikeouts. Blyleven was also an excellent big-game pitcher, going 5-1 in the postseason.

Former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies general manager Pat Gillick, who produced three World Series champion teams as GM, was also inducted.

Copyright Associated Press

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