Alomar, Blyleven and Gillick are inducted into the Hall of Fame
Roberto Alomar became the third Puerto Rican player inducted. Bert Blyleven, who was born in Zeist, Netherlands, was inducted in his next-to-last appearance on the ballot. Pat Gillick, a California native who was inducted as an executive, represented the United States.
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He earned two All-Star selections and won two World Series: one with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979, and another with the Twins in 1987.
“It was an honor for me to wear a Major League uniform for the Minnesota Twins, the Texas Rangers, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Cleveland Indians and now called the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. I took a lot of pride in wearing all those uniforms,” Blyleven said. “Today I take a lot of pride in being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.”
Gillick, who was elected by the Expansion Era Committee, began his baseball journey as a left-handed pitcher, winning the College World Series with the University of Southern California in 1958.
After his five-year minor league career ended in 1963, Gillick became the assistant farm director for the Houston Colt 45s. He made a stop as scouting director for the New York Yankees before being hired as assistant general manager of the expansion Blue Jays before their inaugural season in 1977.
Gillick ascended to general manager in 1978 and eventually crafted two Blue Jays World Series championship teams in 1992 and 1993 – both of which Alomar played for, after Gillick acquired him via trade in 1990. Gillick went on to serve as general manager of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners and Philadelphia Phillies, winning his third title with Philadelphia in 2008.
Over 27 seasons as a general manager, Gillick led his teams to 11 postseason appearances and 20 winning records.
“I was lucky to go to work every day for 50 years to a job that I loved, a job I still can't believe they paid me to do,” Gillick said in his Induction speech. “And I'm humbled to be standing here today when the game has already given me back so much more than I ever imagined possible.”
Janey Murray is the 2019 public relations intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development