Alomar, Blyleven readying for HOF induction

By John Kekis

Associated Press

Published: Friday, July 15 2011 3:30 p.m. MDT

** ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, JULY 16-17 - FILE - This Jan. 6, 2011, file photo shows Roberto Alomar, left, and Bert Blyleven, newly elected members of The National Baseball Hall of Fame, posing during a news conference in New York. Blyleven had to wait for what must have seemed like a lifetime for the crowning achievement, one he sometimes thought might never come. Alomar had to wait, too, for a different reason. Both go into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 17.

Richard Drew, File, Associated Press

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Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar are still fine-tuning their Hall of Fame speeches, but Alomar might have the more difficult task.

Alomar, who joins Roberto Clemente and Orlando Cepeda as the only Puerto Rican-born players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, will start in his native Spanish and finish in English. He says that he wants to speak from the heart a week from Sunday.

Alomar was not elected last year in his first year of eligibility, but the switch-hitting second baseman who hit 210 home runs and batted .300 was named on 90 percent of ballots cast this time, becoming just the 26th player to garner at least 90 percent in any election. He also was listed on 523 ballots, the third-highest total of all time.

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