Sunday, January 23, 2011

Random cards. Bert Blyleven.

I really only ever saw Bert pitch on TV during the 1987 playoffs and World Series. By then he'd had his best days, but he still had enough to help the Twins get that magical first title.
Their rotation was what you'd call thin. Frank Viola of course was great, Blyleven did his thing, and then it was Les Straker. A bullpen anchored by Jeff Reardon, and including Juan Berenguer and Dan Schatzeder.  Not much to go on, but fortunately the Twins could hit and scored enough runs to get it done. Truly one of the more unlikely World Series Champions.

Bert join Kirby in the HOF this year, and who could deny him that place after seeing that big smile?

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