Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar headline this year's Major League Baseball Hall Of Fame Ballot, with first-timers, such as Jeff Bagwell, Rafael Palmeiro, and Larry Walker. Mlb.com has the story, below.

Owner of the California Angels Gene Autry and Bert Blyleven stand for a photograph prior to a game at Anaheim Stadium during the 1990 season in Anaheim, California.

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History suggests that induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame is all but sealed for pitcher Bert Blyleven and second baseman Roberto Alomar, but they don't hold the key to Cooperstown yet.

It's just been dangling right in front of their noses for a year.

The excruciatingly close results of the 2010 election that sent outfielder Andre Dawson to baseball's most hallowed roster make near-miss candidates Blyleven and Alomar the headliners of the 2011 ballot, released to members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Monday.

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