10 Questions With Richard Justice
6. Burt Blyleven
Posted On 05.17, 2013
RCS: Let’s go back to Hall of Fame controversies – this time outside of the steroid era. We're sure you've heard or read the arguments for Burt Blyleven's Hall of Fame candidacy hundreds of times. (More shutouts than Bob Gibson; more strikeouts than Tom Seaver; more complete games with four hits or less than Jim Palmer.) As a player who has been on the bubble for 11 years, is it possible he's not in because he has a tragically unmarketable name?
Justice: I would guess not playing in New York has hurt him. On the other hand, he's a very tough call. He made only two all-star teams and never won a Cy Young. On the other hand, he was top five in ERA seven times, top five in wins twice, and top five in ERA seven times.