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Sunday Notes: Winter Meetings Managers, Terry Ryan, Blyleven, more

The Minnesota Twins exceeded expectations in 2015, winning 83 games and remaining in contention for a Wild Card berth until the final weekend of the season. Many see it as an anomaly and are wont to predict regression. Others are more bullish, despite the team’s question marks and lack of star power. Terry Ryan raised an eyebrow when I inquired as to the quality of his club heading...
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December 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Just Spitballin’ Episode 3: Former Pitcher Blyleven, Plus the Scout Who Signed Tulo!

We’ve got ourselves a streak: three straight episodes with absolutely outstanding guests! This week, we have Todd Blyleven, who has lived at least four different interesting lives in baseball: the son of a Major Leaguer (Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven); a pitcher who spent several seasons in the minors and had highlights such as playing in big league spring training and meeting Jeff...
Via Baseball Essential
April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Twins announcer Bert Blyleven apologizes for ripping Detroit

By Ian Casselberry For a five-year span, the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers had a pretty fierce rivalry in the AL Central. Since 2010, however, the two teams have gone in different directions, with the Twins plummeting to last-place finishes while the Tigers continue to contend for the postseason. But Twins TV analyst Bert Blyleven is doing his part to keep the rivalry between...
Via Awful Announcing
April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Bert Blyleven takes shots at the city of Detroit, ‘apologizes’ afterward

Former Twins pitcher and current broadcast analysis for Minnesota Bert Blyleven apparently got a little bored during the Tigers/Twinkies rain delay yesterday and decided to take some shots at the city of Detroit. Here are his now deleted tweets via Deadspin: If they are starting this game at 3:45, 22 minutes from now, EST! Don’t you think they have taken the tarp off?pic.twitter...
Via The Majors Detroit
April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Cranky old Bert Blyleven rips Detroit during rain delay

TwitPic Bert Blyleven, former Twins pitcher turned analyst for the Twins at Fox Sports North, had some choice words for the city of Detroit during Thursday’s rain delay.  At what was later dubbed an “attempt at humor”, Blyleven came off like a crank old fuddy-duddy through a handful of tweets. He started off with a subtle jab before he threw a haymaker. Oh no you didn...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: January 5, 2011

A pair of ex-Indians players, second baseman Roberto Alomar and pitcher Bert Blyleven, are announced as this year’s Hall of Fame inductees. Alomar achieves the honor in just his second year of eligibility. He was a 12-time All-Star and ten-time Gold Glove winner during his 17-year career. He finished with a lifetime batting average of .300 and had 2,724 career hits. He fell just...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Futures Game another step to majors for Brewers prospect Lopez

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jorge Lopez sat in the Target Field bullpen for seven innings, patiently biding his time and soaking up what he referred to after as the experience of a lifetime. When World Futures manager Bert Blyleven finally called his number, the gangly, right-handed Brewers prospect loped out to the mound and told himself to keep his nerves in check. After all, a sold-out house...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins' Smalley, Blyleven took 'unique' yet intertwined paths to World Series

  Roy Smalley and Bert Blyleven were two youngsters with Major League dreams growing up in Southern California. In a twist of fate they were traded for each other, and they continued their careers with that common bond. Nearly a decade after the trade they became teammates in Minnesota, where each of them became All-Stars, and together they share in a World Championship. Tune in...
Via Fox Sports North
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Catching Up With Bert Blyleven

While Hall of Fame pitcher Bert Blyleven is certainly best known for his 11 seasons playing for and 19 seasons broadcasting games for the Minnesota Twins, he also spent nearly half a decade pitching on the shores of Lake Erie ... Read More
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Twins Kelly, Blyleven to manage Future Games teams

Tom Kelly was Bert Blyleven's manager in Minnesota for several years, including the Twins' World Series victory in 1987. Now they'll be facing off in opposing dugouts. It was announced Wednesday that Kelly and Blyleven will serve as the two managers for this year's All-Star Futures Game at Target Field. Kelly will manage the United States team while Blyleven -- who was born in the...
Via Fox Sports North
April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

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