Bert Blyleven Speaker Profile
Hall of Fame Pitcher for the Minnesota Twins
Bert Blyleven Biography
Bert Blyleven was born April 6, 1951 in Zeist, Netherlands and is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1970 to 1992, and was best known for his curveball. His surname rhymes with "by 'leven", as in "by eleven", hence Chris Berman's nickname for him. He currently resides in Ft. Myers, Florida.
He was drafted straight out of high school by the Minnesota Twins in the third round in 1969, where after only 21 minor league starts he found himself called up to the Majors at age 19, June 2, 1970. In his first season, his sharp curveball helped him to ten victories and he was named AL Rookie Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News.
Blyleven is often considered to be the best eligible pitcher not yet in the Baseball Hall of Fame; his first year of eligibility was 1998 and if not elected by the 2012 ballot, he will lose eligibility for election through the writers' vote. If that happens, he can still enter the Hall of Fame through the Veterans Committee. He currently ranks 5th all-time in Strikeouts and 27th all-time in Wins. He is the only retired member of the 3000 strikeout club not in the Hall of Fame. Though he received only 17.55% of the vote for Hall of Fame admission in 1998 (first year of eligibility), by 2006 this total had increased to 53.33%. In 2007, Blyleven's total dipped to 47.7% (75% is the minimum required for admission to the Hall). In 2008, he received 336 votes, or 61.9% of the vote. Because of his long association with the club, it is believed that if elected to the Hall, Blyleven would enter as a Minnesota Twin.
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