The Minnesota Gopher: Bert Blyleven by the Numbers

Known as one of the greatest pitchers of all time, former starting pitcher Bert Blyleven will be officially inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 24, 2011. Blyleven, who was selected to two All-Star Games and was on two World Series winning teams, was a highly successful Dutch pitcher who played from 1970 to 1992.

To commemorate the former Minnesota Twins pitcher finally being inducted into the Hall of Fame, I have compiled a list of his top statistics during his tremendous career.

Five: The former Cleveland Indians starting pitcher played from 1970 to 1992 and was one of the greatest pitchers for five different teams. These teams are the Twins, Texas Rangers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Indians and the California Angels.

1970: One of the most important statistics of Blyleven’s career was that he started his professional pitching career in 1970. Although the Hall of Famer was not selected to the All-Star Game, he managed to win 10 games and had an ERA of 3.18.

September 22, 1977: Another important statistic is that the Netherlands native had one of his most effective pitching outings on September 22, 1977, as he was able to pitch a no-hitter.

1979: Along with helping the Twins win the World Series in 1987, Blyleven was an important member of the Pittsburgh Pirates when the team won the World Series in 1979.

1989: While the former Angels pitcher had a somewhat successful 1988 MLB season, his 1989 season was fantastic and helped him become the 1989 American League Comeback Player of the Year. The Hall of Fame starting pitcher had a tremendous record of 17-5 and an ERA of 2.73 in 1989.

1992: Although the former Pirates pitcher tried arduously to reach the milestone of 300 career victories, Blyleven fell 13 wins short and his last season was in 1992.

3,701 career strikeouts: One of the main reasons why the 1989 AL Comeback Player of the Year was inducted into the Hall of Fame is because he recorded 3,701 career strikeouts. As of July 19, 2011, only Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens and Steve Carlton have more career strikeouts.

287 career victories: Despite being unable to record 300 career victories, Blyleven’s 287 career wins should certainly be celebrated as there have only been 26 pitchers who have had more career victories.

3.31 Earned run average: Besides managing to strike out 3,701 batters and earning 287 career wins, the Dutch pitcher posted a tremendous career ERA of 3.31.

July 24, 2011: After 14 excruciatingly long years of being eligible for the Hall of Fame, Blyleven will be officially inducted on July 24, 2011.

Sources:

John Kekis, “Pitcher Bert Blyleven tours Baseball Hall of Fame,” Yahoo! Sports.

Tyler Kepner, “Alomar and Blyleven Elected to Hall of Fame,” The New York Times.