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Full Name: Rik Aalbert Blyleven Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 3"/200 First Game: June 5, 1970
Birthdate: April 6, 1951 Final Game: October 4, 1992
Birthplace: Zeist, Netherlands MLB Experience: 22 years
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Born on April 6, 1951 in Zeist, Netherlands, Bert Blyleven (Rik Aalbert Blyleven) played for the Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians and California Angels over the course of his 22 year career. Blyleven broke into the bigs on June 5, 1970 with the Minnesota Twins, and put up a 3.18 ERA in 164 innings pitched in 1970, his rookie year.

Most people believe that Bert Blyleven's best season was 1973, when he posted a 2.52 ERA, won 20 games and struck out 258 batters.

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1970 MIN A 27 25 10 9 3.18 135 66 58 5 1 0 164 143 17 47 6 2 2
1971 MIN A 38 38 16 15 2.81 224 95 87 17 5 0 278.1 267 21 59 1 5 5
1972 MIN A 39 38 17 17 2.73 228 93 87 11 3 0 287.1 247 22 69 7 7 10
1973 MIN A 40 40 20 17 2.52 258 109 91 25 9 0 325 296 16 67 4 7 9
1974 MIN A 37 37 17 17 2.66 249 99 83 19 3 0 281 244 14 77 3 3 9
1975 MIN A 35 35 15 10 3.00 233 104 92 20 3 0 275.2 219 24 84 2 7 4
1976 TEX A 24 24 9 11 2.76 144 67 62 14 6 0 202.1 182 11 46 1 7 8
1976 MIN A 12 12 4 5 3.12 75 39 33 4 0 0 95.1 101 3 35 5 0 4
1976 TOT A 36 36 13 16 2.87 219 106 95 18 6 0 297.2 283 14 81 6 7 12
1977 TEX A 30 30 14 12 2.72 182 81 71 15 5 0 234.2 181 20 69 1 8 7
1978 PIT N 34 34 14 10 3.03 182 94 82 11 4 0 243.2 217 17 66 5 6 6
1979 PIT N 37 37 12 5 3.60 172 102 95 4 0 0 237.1 238 21 92 8 9 6
1980 PIT N 34 32 8 13 3.82 168 102 92 5 2 0 216.2 219 20 59 5 2 0
1981 CLE A 20 20 11 7 2.88 107 52 51 9 1 0 159.1 145 9 40 1 3 5
1982 CLE A 4 4 2 2 4.87 19 14 11 0 0 0 20.1 16 2 11 0 0 0
1983 CLE A 24 24 7 10 3.91 123 74 68 5 0 0 156.1 160 8 44 4 5 10
1984 CLE A 33 32 19 7 2.87 170 86 78 12 4 0 245 204 19 74 4 6 6
1985 MIN A 14 14 8 5 3.00 77 45 38 9 1 0 114 101 9 26 0 3 2
1985 CLE A 23 23 9 11 3.26 129 76 65 15 4 0 179.2 163 14 49 1 1 7
1985 TOT A 37 37 17 16 3.16 206 121 103 24 5 0 293.2 264 23 75 1 4 9
1986 MIN A 36 36 17 14 4.01 215 134 121 16 3 0 271.2 262 50 58 4 4 10
1987 MIN A 37 37 15 12 4.01 196 132 119 8 1 0 267 249 46 101 4 13 9
1988 MIN A 33 33 10 17 5.43 145 128 125 7 0 0 207.1 240 21 51 1 5 16
1989 CAL A 33 33 17 5 2.73 131 76 73 8 5 0 241 225 14 44 2 2 8
1990 CAL A 23 23 8 7 5.24 69 85 78 2 0 0 134 163 15 25 0 6 7
1992 CAL A 25 24 8 12 4.74 70 76 70 1 0 0 133 150 17 29 2 3 5
Total NL 105 103 34 28 3.47 522 298 269 20 6 0 697.2 674 58 217 18 17 12
Total AL 587 582 253 222 3.29 3179 1731 1561 222 54 0 4272.1 3958 372 1105 53 97 143
Total 692 685 287 250 3.31 3701 2029 1830 242 60 0 4970 4632 430 1322 71 114 155

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1970 MIN A P 27 25 164 5 16 1 1 0 1 6 8 1 .955
1971 MIN A P 38 38 278.1 19 38 2 0 0 3 13 12 3 .966
1972 MIN A P 39 38 287.1 18 45 3 4 0 2 18 9 0 .955
1973 MIN A P 40 40 325 21 34 1 0 0 3 18 11 1 .982
1974 MIN A P 37 37 281 19 34 3 2 0 3 26 17 2 .946
1975 MIN A P 35 35 275.2 16 48 6 5 0 2 25 18 0 .914
1976 TEX A P 24 24 202.1 17 31 0 3 0 2 20 5 0 1.000
1976 MIN A P 12 12 95.1 5 13 0 1 0 2 14 6 0 1.000
1976 TOT A P 36 36 297.2 22 44 0 4 0 4 34 11 0 1.000
1977 TEX A P 30 30 234.2 10 35 1 4 0 2 16 10 1 .978
1978 PIT N P 34 34 243.2 11 41 1 4 0 2 28 5 0 .981
1979 PIT N P 37 37 237.1 14 20 0 0 0 1 28 11 3 1.000
1980 PIT N P 34 32 216.2 10 30 2 2 0 1 17 8 2 .952
1981 CLE A P 20 20 159.1 9 16 1 2 0 2 9 10 1 .962
1982 CLE A P 4 4 20.1 2 2 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 1.000
1983 CLE A P 24 24 156.1 7 26 1 3 0 3 13 6 1 .971
1984 CLE A P 33 32 245 21 30 2 2 0 1 17 3 0 .962
1985 MIN A P 14 14 114 6 13 0 2 0 1 14 6 0 1.000
1985 CLE A P 23 23 179.2 11 19 0 0 0 1 20 8 1 1.000
1985 TOT A P 37 37 293.2 17 32 0 2 0 2 34 14 1 1.000
1986 MIN A P 36 36 271.2 15 31 0 0 0 2 26 7 4 1.000
1987 MIN A P 37 37 267 17 43 4 3 0 2 33 9 0 .938
1988 MIN A P 33 33 207.1 12 22 1 3 0 1 28 8 0 .971
1989 CAL A P 33 33 241 14 38 0 6 0 1 18 5 0 1.000
1990 CAL A P 23 23 134 3 24 1 0 0 0 4 9 1 .964
1992 CAL A P 25 24 133 5 13 0 1 0 0 10 4 0 1.000
Total P 692 685 4970 287 662 30 48 0 38 424 196 21 .969

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1970 MIN A 27 50 2 7 0 1 .140 .157 .140 0 0 1 25 0 7 0 0 0
1971 MIN A 38 91 3 12 0 2 .132 .151 .143 1 0 1 37 1 7 0 0 0
1972 MIN A 39 94 9 15 0 6 .160 .177 .181 2 0 2 36 0 11 0 0 1
1973 MIN A 40 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1974 MIN A 37 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1975 MIN A 35 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1976 TEX A 24 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1976 MIN A 12 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1976 TOT A 36 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1977 TEX A 30 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1978 PIT N 37 85 4 11 0 11 .129 .140 .153 2 0 1 35 0 7 0 0 0
1979 PIT N 38 70 1 9 0 3 .129 .129 .143 1 0 0 33 0 15 0 0 2
1980 PIT N 37 61 0 5 0 2 .082 .097 .098 1 0 0 27 1 9 0 0 1
1981 CLE A 20 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1982 CLE A 4 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1983 CLE A 24 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1984 CLE A 33 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1985 MIN A 14 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1985 CLE A 23 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1985 TOT A 37 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1986 MIN A 36 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1987 MIN A 37 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1988 MIN A 33 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1989 CAL A 33 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1990 CAL A 23 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1992 CAL A 25 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total NL 112 216 5 25 0 16 .116 .124 .134 4 0 1 95 1 31 0 0 3
Total AL 587 235 14 34 0 9 .145 .162 .157 3 0 4 98 1 25 0 0 1
Total 699 451 19 59 0 25 .131 .144 .146 7 0 5 193 2 56 0 0 4

Transactions

  • Selected by Minnesota Twins in the 3rd round of the free-agent draft (June 5, 1969).
  • Traded by Minnesota Twins with Danny Thompson to Texas Rangers in exchange for Bill Singer, Roy Smalley, Mike Cubbage, Jim Gideon and $250000 (June 1, 1976).
  • Traded by Texas Rangers to Pittsburgh Pirates as part of 4-team trade in which Texas Rangers sent Adrian Devine, Tommy Boggs and Eddie Miller to Atlanta Braves; Atlanta Braves sent Willie Montanez to New York Mets; Texas Rangers sent Tom Grieve to New York Mets; New York Mets sent Jon Matlack to Texas Rangers; New York Mets sent John Milner to Pittsburgh Pirates; Pittsburgh Pirates sent Al Oliver and Nelson Norman to Texas Rangers (December 8, 1977); and Texas Rangers sent Ken Henderson to New York Mets (March 15, 1978).
  • Traded by Pittsburgh Pirates with Manny Sanguillen to Cleveland Indians in exchange for Gary Alexander, Victor Cruz, Rafael Vasquez and Bob Owchinko (December 9, 1980).
  • Traded by Cleveland Indians to Minnesota Twins in exchange for Curt Wardle, Jay Bell, Jim Weaver and a player to be named later (August 1, 1985); Cleveland Indians received Rich Yett (September 17, 1985).
  • Traded by Minnesota Twins with Kevin Trudeau to California Angels in exchange for Mike Cook, Rob Wassenaar and Paul Sorrento (November 3, 1988).
  • Granted free agency (November 1, 1991).
  • Signed by California Angels (January 22, 1992).
  • Granted free agency (November 4, 1992).
  • Signed by Minnesota Twins (January 7, 1993).

Trivia

  • All-Star in 1973 and 1985
  • World Series Champion in 1979 and 1987


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