He has been waiting for this day for 14 years. On January 5 (my birthday!), the announcement came that former Twins pitcher Bert Blyleven would be inducted into Baseball’s Hall Of Fame. Players need 75% of the vote to get inducted.
Playing for five teams in 22 years, Blyleven had a stellar career. A two-time All-Star, Blyleven had 287 wins, 3,701 strikeouts, and 60 shutouts. He also has statistics that rank among the top pitchers of all time. Blyleven had a wicked curve ball that scared most batters. He was also a member of the Twins’ 1987 World Championship team.
Having missing getting inducted into the hall by five votes last year, it was a sure thing this year. With 79% (463 votes) of the vote, he got the call. Blyleven said if he didn’t make it this year, he would have been real mad!
Blyleven will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 24 in Cooperstown. Now, fans will have to start circling Bert!
Written by: Michael L. Sack