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




                    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


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


                    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