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7. Bert Blyleven

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
    48.9 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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