2011 INDUCTEES ROBERTO ALOMAR & BERT BLYLEVEN TO APPEAR IN-STUDIO ON MLB NETWORK’S HOT STOVE ON JANUARY 6
Below for your use are quotes from MLB Network’s Bob Costas, Peter Gammons, Jon Heyman and Tom Verducci made today on-air following the results of the 2011 Baseball Hall of Fame election.
Longtime Cincinnati Reds shortstop and current MLB Network analyst Barry Larkin, who received 62.1% of the Hall of Fame vote, spoke to MLB Network in an interview that can be seen here.
Both Alomar and Blyleven will be in-studio guests during MLB Network’s Hot Stove tomorrow, January 6 at 6:00 p.m. ET. If you have any questions, please contact Lorraine Fisher (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lou Barricelli (email@example.com).
“Roberto Alomar fits into the category of what the Hall of Fame is supposed to be about. Superlative players, no-doubters. … There are many people in the Hall of Fame who were very, very good. It was actually intended for the immortals and thus we have debates because there are many people outside the Hall of Fame, either still on the ballot or long since gone from the ballot, who are actually as good or better than some of the lesser Hall of Famers who have already been voted in.”
“Fred McGriff received only 17% of the vote. Take out the guys from his era not suspected or connected to steroids and see where he ranks.”
Peter Gammons on Alomar:
“I don’t think I ever saw a more instinctive player than Roberto Alomar, and that’s 40 years of covering baseball.”
“Robbie Alomar to me defines a baseball player, an all-around player. I once did a story about turning the pivot at second base and I asked him about guys getting to his body, taking out his legs. And he looked at me and said, ‘Well it’s never happened to me.’ Robbie was the one guy that I could actually believe it. He had the hands of a jeweler, the feet of a ballet dancer, just a pleasure to watch both sides of the ball.”
Gammons on Blyleven:
“There was a time in his career where he had a lot of ups and downs. People used to say ‘Well, he was a guy you could beat.’ But he won more 1-0 games than any pitcher in the last 90 years. To me, that’s a defining statistic.”
Jon Heyman on Jack Morris:
“Jack Morris received only 53 percent of the vote. He barely moved up. I don’t know, but to me this guy is a Hall of Famer.”