Born Rik Aalbert Blijleven
                       April 6, 1951, in Zeist, Netherlands,
                       Bert pitched in the Majors from 1970 to 1992, notorious
                       for his curveball which, according to Brooks Robinson,
                       "was nasty, I'll tell you that. Enough to make your knees
                       buckle. Bert was a terrific pitcher – a dominant pitcher."

                       He was raised in Garden Grove, California and drafted
                       by the Minnesota Twins right after high school in 1969,
                       graduating to the Majors the following year, at 19, and
                       named American League Rookie of the Year by
                       The Sporting News.


                       Bert went on to play for the Texas Rangers,
                       the California  Angels, the Pittsburgh Pirates
                       (winning the 1979 World Series) the Cleveland Indians
                       (leading the American League in shutouts in 1985,
                       and pitching 293 2/3 innings & completing 24 games -
                       which no pitcher has done since), returned to the
                       Minnesota Twins (exceeding 3,000 strikeouts and winning
                       the 1987 World Series), and the California Angels (again
                       leading the league in shutouts).

                       Since 1996, Bert has been doing color commentary
                       for the Minnesoata Twins, leading to his mastery of
                       the "Circle Machine" (the telestrator, which permits
                       on-screen highlighting by the commentator), which in
                       turn gave rise to the  Circle Me Bert phenomenon.
                       Bert and his wife Gayle have leveraged the Circle Me Bert
                       craziness into an opportunity to raise money for a cause
                       close to their hearts, the fight to end Parkinson's Disease.
                       

                                                             

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         Bert talks about the early days and today (from MLB.com)

                  


                                                                                        

                   Statistics

                    287 wins (27th on the All-Time list)
                    250 losses (10th on the All-Time list)
                    3.31 Career Earned Run average
                    4,970 innings pitched (14th on the All-Time list)
                    3,701 Strikeouts (5th on the All-Time list)
                    685 career starts (11th on the All-Time list)
                    242 Complete games
                    60 shutouts (9th on the All-Time list)
                    15 1-0 wins (3rd on the All-Time list)
                    One of only three pitchers to ever win a Major League game before his 20th birthday
                      and also win a Major League game after his 40th birthday.
                    7th on the All-Time homeruns allowed list

                   Teams

                    Minnesota Twins (1970–1976)
                    Texas Rangers (1976–1977)
                    Pittsburgh Pirates (1978–1980)
                    Cleveland Indians (1981–1985)
                    Minnesota Twins (1985–1988)
                    California Angels (1989–1992)

                   Highlights

                    Two time All-Star selection (1973, 1985)
                    Two time World Series champion (1979, 1987)
                    1989 AL Comeback Player of the Year
                    Pitched no-hitter on September 22, 1977
                    Won 20 games in 1973
                    Minnesota Twins #28 retired
                    Elected to the 2011 class of the Hall of Fame