• Bert Blyleven’s Big Day, Today?

    Posted by on January 5th, 2011 · Comments (3)

    Maybe today is the day for Bert, as many predict?

    Is it just me, or, is it interesting that Blyleven never pitched for the Yankees? To me, it just seems, that “big name” pitchers who played a long time, and switched teams somewhat often – or more often than you’d expect a big name pitcher to move – eventually throw for the Yankees at some point in their career.

    Tommy John, Ken Holtzman, Roger Clemens, Jim Kaat, David Cone, Phil Niekro, Randy Johnson, Kenny Rogers, Luis Tiant, Kevin Brown, Rick Reuschel, Gaylord Perry, Lee Smith, Andy Messersmith, Frank Tanana and Jesse Orosco all took the hill for the Yankees in semi-recent years. How did Bert miss out on it too?

    Comments on Bert Blyleven’s Big Day, Today?

    1. KPOcala
      January 5th, 2011 | 11:54 am

      Steve you forgot Joe Niekro! Blyleven should have been in years ago, of course. Some years back I remember Bill James making a case for Nettles and Willie Randolph. I wonder if the saber-boys ever get a chance to revisit those two….

    2. MJ Recanati
      January 5th, 2011 | 12:00 pm

      KPOcala wrote:

      Some years back I remember Bill James making a case for Nettles

      Bringing up Nettles reminds me that I think Ron Santo not being in the Hall is an injustice too.

      I don’t know if Nettles belongs or not but, if he does, then Santo clearly does too.

    3. Raf
      January 5th, 2011 | 10:51 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      To me, it just seems, that “big name” pitchers who played a long time, and switched teams somewhat often – or more often than you’d expect a big name pitcher to move – eventually throw for the Yankees at some point in their career.

      Judging by Blyleven’s transaction history, he was only a free agent twice, so I guess he never really hit the open market until the end of his career (signing with the Twins and Angels).

      It does seem odd, I guess the Yankees were unable to work out a trade for Blyleven, which is strange considering he has pitched for some bad teams. I’m not old enough to remember his prime, but were the Yankees ever interested in acquiring Blyleven during his career? Linked to any rumors? Was he ever interested in playing for the Yankees during his career?

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