Pitcher Bert Blyleven was finally voted into the Hall of Fame. Roberto Alomar is another name that will also make his way into Cooperstown. Seattle Mariners have mastered the art of the losing streak. Baseball highest honor making to the Hall Fame is why players play the game; however, the Mariners’ losing streak is just downright awful.
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Blyleven seem to wait forever for the call, but his hard work and accomplishments in the Majors have finally moved the voters. He also will be the first Dutch player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. It is 22 years of pitching and 287 victories along with being fifth on the All-time strikeout list with 3,701 Ks. He also has two World Series rings to his credit. He won his first ring with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979 and won another with the Minnesota Twins in 1987. It took 14 tries but he is in there among the baseball greats as he belongs.
Roberto Alomar was a great player, but his wait to get into the Hall of Fame is due in part to a spitting incident. It was almost 25 years ago Alomar spat in the face of umpire John Hirschbeck. Alomar thought Hirschbeck made the mistake of calling a third strike on ball that looked a little outside. An incident many thought maybe the cause for the delay. Alomar and Hirschbeck have long reconciled and according to Alomar, they are both good friends. Beyond the incident his numbers and defense was superb. He was a switch hitter who helped the Toronto Blue Jays win back-to-back World Series in 1992-93. Alomar had .300 career batting average. He is Hall of Famer and the wait was well worth it.
From Hall of Fame, to losing streak, the Seattle Mariners have loss 14 consecutive games. Fans wonder when the travesty will end. With their 14th consecutive loss, it will be a footnote in the Boston Red Sox’s skipper career as it would be Terry Francona’s 1,000th victory. Mariners are not generating runs because no one can seem to get their hitting stroke to work. The Mariners have worst team batting average in the MLB with .224. The 3-1 loss was typical of the Mariners. They did not get the opportunities and when few were within their grasp, they could not capitalize on them. Mariners looked in jeopardy of losing 15th consecutive game late in Sunday’s game.