Bert Blyleven For The Hall Of Fame

December 26, 2007 at 1:07 pm (Baseball)

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For the most part [not withstanding Buck O’Neil’s exclusion and Walter O’Malley’s inclusion, for instances] the “selection process” works. Here’s a rare instance where I’m shocked, year after year, when the “powers that be” don’t see fit to include Bert Blyleven. I hope that this year, that will change.

Here’s his bio from his website:

BERT BLYLEVEN’S BIOGRAPHY

Given name: Rik Aalbert Blyleven

Born: April 6, 1951

Birth Place: Zeist, Holland

Residence: Ft. Myers, Florida

Current occupation: Ninth season as Color Analysts for the Minnesota Twins

Family: Wife Gayle – Four children and two step children

Baseball career: Right-handed pitcher

  • 287 wins – 25th on the All-Time list
  • 250 loses – 10th on the All-Time list
  • 3.31 career Earned Run Average
  • 4,970 innings pitched – 13th on the All-Time list
  • 3,701 strikeouts – 5th on the All-Time list
  • 685 career starts – 8th on the All-Time list
  • 242 Complete games
  • 60 shutouts – 9th on the All-Time list
  • 15 (1-0 wins) – 3rd on the All-Time list
  • One of only three pitchers to ever win a Major League game before his 20th birthday and also win a Major League game after his 40th birthday.
  • 7th on the All-Time homeruns allowed list
  • Played on two World Series teams: 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates and the 1987 Minnesota Twins
  • Two-Time All-Star: 1973 and 1985
  • Won 20 games in 1973

During the off-season, Bert enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf. Also enjoys working around the house and bowling.

Bert has been involved in many charitable organizations throughout the years including Parkinson’s Association, Juvenile Diabetes, Luekemia Association, Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House.

Being the 5th all time leader in strikeouts is great, however, Bert’s major accomplishment to Baseball is the example he sets as a human being.

Edited to add 1/8/08: That’s the way it goes, first your money, then your clothes.

 

2 Comments

  1. Diabetes Info » juvenile diabetes [2007-12-26 22:33:39] said,

    […] Bert Blyleven For The Hall Of Fame By Ralph Zig Tyko Bert has been involved in many charitable organizations throughout the years including Parkinson’s Association, Juvenile Diabetes, Luekemia Association, Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House. … Pushing on the Doors of Life… – https://pushpull.wordpress.com […]

  2. Ralph Zig Tyko said,

    Above comment proves my point. In an ideal world those players “on the bubble” who’ve led their lives in an extraordinary manner off the field would be given a leg up in the voting.
    All that aside, Bert should be voted in, based on his record on the field.

    RZT

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