Tackling The Unusual Use Of Pitch Counts

I’m becoming more and more like Bert Blyleven every day. Well, that’s not necessarily true. But one of the many things that Blyleven likes to harp on during Fox Sports North broadcasts of the Minnesota Twins is the use – or misuse – of pitch counts. What got me thinking about the subject was something…
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Blyleven To Get No. 28 Retired, But Why The Wait?

Found out late tonight that the Minnesota Twins will retire Bert Blyleven‘s No. 28 during a ceremony this season at Target Field. Blyleven, after 14 years of waiting, finally got elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame earlier this month. It makes me wonder why the Twins decided to wait for Hall of Fame induction before…
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Blyleven Finally Makes The Hall Of Fame

It took quite a long time – 14 years to be exact – but Bert Blyleven is in the Hall of Fame. Blyleven crossed the 75 percent threshold during Wednesday’s 2011 vote and will join Roberto Alomar at this summer’s induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y. At some point, it does become difficult to ignore Blyleven’s…
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Early Returns Favor Blyleven

One of my favorite December and January blog activities last year was checking out Baseball Think Factory’s website and its “Hall of Fame Ballot Gathering Machine.” The website takes the ballots posted online by writers that vote for the Baseball Hall of Fame and combines them to figure out percentages and see who is on…
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Legends Of The Fall Play One More Game

Bert Blyleven throwing batting practice. Gary Gaetti hitting a line drive off pitcher Juan Berenguer and over the head of Dan Gladden. Kent Hrbek tumbling and creating a huge divot in foul territory. Nothing breaks the tension of pennant races like an old-timers game. I attended Sunday’s Twins-Rangers game, but as wild as the finish…
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A Gut-wrenching Good Day For Blyleven

Though he came up five votes short of induction, former Minnesota Twins pitcher Bert Blyleven made a huge stride Wednesday toward reaching the Baseball Hall of Fame. Blyleven finished at 74.2 percent of the votes, with 75 percent needed for induction. The highest percentage any player has ever gotten without eventually reaching the Hall of…
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Blyleven Update

Former Minnesota Twins pitcher Bert Blyleven might be getting that call tomorrow that he’s been waiting for during the last 13 years that he’s been on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot. Blyleven, who is pretty outspoken regarding his own candidacy, has dropped some in the voting since baseballthinkfactory.org started tracking writers’ ballots that have…
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