By enzian | Enzian Theater January 6, 2011 at 9:20AM
It's about time! Down to his 14th and next-to-last shot on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, the nearly 600 sports writers who get a vote finally got it right--Twins icon Bert Blyleven has been elected to the Hall of Fame. With 75% required for admission (he missed by only 5 votes last year), Blyleven received just under 80% of the vote.
The right-handed pitcher with one of the most devastating curveballs in baseball history pitched 11 of his 22 seasons in Minnesota. He notched a total a 287 wins (27th all-time) even though he pitched for a lot of bad and mediocre teams. He is 5th in career strikeouts with 3701. He is 11th in games started with 685 and his 60 shutouts (!) are 9th all-time. Blyleven also ranks 13th in innings pitched with 4970, and had a stellar post-season career going 5 - 1 with a 2.47 ERA for the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates and 1987 Minnesota Twins, both World Champions.
How it could take 14 years to put this guy in the Hall of Fame I have no idea. But congratulations to Bert Blyleven from Twins fans far and wide--the first Dutch-born player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and for many years also a fine broadcaster for the Twins organization.