Bert Blyleven is a remarkable person; He was drafted straight out of high school by the Minnesota Twins in the third round in 1969, where after only 21 minor league starts he found himself called up to the Majors at age 19, June 2, 1970. In his first season, his sharp curveball helped him to ten victories and he was named AL Rookie Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News. Blyleven is often considered to be the best eligible pitcher not yet in the Baseball Hall of Fame; his first year of eligibility was 1998 and if not elected by the 2012 ballot, he will lose eligibility for election through the writers’ vote. If that happens, he can still enter the Hall of Fame through the Veterans Committee. He currently ranks 5th all-time in Strikeouts, 9th all-time in Shutouts, and 27th all-time in Wins. He is the only retired member of the 3000 strikeout club not in the Hall of Fame. Though he received only 17.55% of the vote for Hall of Fame admission in 1998 (first year of eligibility), by 2006 this total had increased to 53.33%. In 2007, Blyleven’s total dipped to 47.7% (75% is the minimum required for admission to the Hall). In 2008, he received 336 votes, or 61.9% of the vote. In 2009, he gained only two votes, for a total of 338, 62.7%. Because of his long association with the club, it is believed that if elected to the Hall, Blyleven would enter as a Minnesota Twin. If you want the outstanding person and pitcher for a speaking engagement or endorsement, PGS is ready to work for you. We can take care of the Bert Blyleven’s speaker negotiations and our expertise can save you time and money.
**Bert Blyleven Speaker**
Blyleven went to the California Angels in 1989 and pitched a 2.73 ERA for a 17-5 record in his first season, but he missed the entire 1991 season following rotator cuff surgery. He came back in 1992, but was mostly unproductive, going 8-12 with a 4.74 ERA. He retired following that season with a career 287-250 record with 3,701 strikeouts (only 16 other pitchers have at least 3,000 career strikeouts) and a 3.31 ERA. He tried out for the Twins again in the spring of 1993, but did not make the squad, making his retirement official. So the list of possible Bert Blyleven speaker topics extends well beyond just the normal sports stories. A Bert Blyleven speaker appearance will enhance any event
**Bert Blyleven Appearance**
In 1996, Blyleven became a color commentator for the Twins. Blyleven’s commentary is frequently risqué for a baseball broadcast, but provides interesting and friendly conversation between him and play-by-play announcer Dick Bremer. Bert Blyleven appearance at your event or function is sure to be a hit with sports fans and non-sports fans alike. PGS can help secure a Blyleven appearance.
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For an endorsement of his speaking talents, you only need to look at how much his career and time on television as a commentator. No matter what product or service you offer, a Bert Blyleven endorsement is sure to help.
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