7. Bert Blyleven
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: April 6, 1951 in Zeist, Netherlands
  • Weight: 200 lbs.
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: June 05, 1970
  • Final Game: October 04, 1992
It took a long time.  It took a long time for Baseball Hall of Fame voters to take a long look at his statistics, especially the advanced stats, to realize that Bert Blyleven was a Hall of Famer.  It would eventually happen on his 14th year of eligibility, in a career that saw half of it with the Minnesota Twins.

The sabremetric darling, Bert Blyleven only went to two All Star Games (though they were with the Twins) but he quietly put together solid season after solid season.  Blyleven was not a flashy hurler but was a workhorse who regularly struck out his opponents and found a way to win.

Overall, as a Minnesota Twin, Bert Blyleven would accrue 149 Wins and 2,035 Strikeouts, excellent numbers considering he played many years elsewhere.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Selected in the 3rd Round of the Amateur Draft 6/5/69.
  • Departed: Traded to the Texas Rangers with Danny Thompson for Mike Cubbage, Jim Gideon, Bill Singer, Roy Smalley and $250,000 6/1/76.

    Acquired (2): Traded from the Cleveland Indians for a Player to be Named Later (which would be Rich Yett), Jay Bell, Curt Wardle and Jim Weaver 8/1/85.

    Departed (2): Traded to the California Angels with Kevin Trudeau for Rob Wassenaar, Mike Cook and Paul Sorrento 11/3/88.
  • Games Played: 348
  • Notable Statistics: 149-138 Record
    345 Games Started
    3.28 ERA
    141 Complete Games
    2,566.2 Innings Pitched
    2,035 Strikeouts
    3.15 FIP
    1.186 WHIP
    49.3 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards: World Series Champion (1987)
    All Star (1973 & 1985*)
    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (1973)
    Most Innings Pitched (1985* & 1986)
    Most Strikeouts (1985*)
    Most Games Started (1985*)
    Most Complete Games (1985*)
    Most Shutouts (1973 & 1985*)
    Highest SO/BB (1971, 1973 & 1985)
    Highest ERA+ (1973)
    Lowest FIP (1973 & 1974)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Pitcher (1976**, 1985* & 1986

    *  Blyleven was with the Cleveland Indians for the first half of the season.
    ** Blyleven was with the Texas Rangers for the second half of the season.
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