MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Hall of Fame pitcher Bert Blyleven will be the sixth player in Twins history to have his jersey number retired, the team announced late Thursday.
The team plans on retiring his No. 28 during a pregame celebration as part of Bert Blyleven Day, the day the Twins host the Texas Rangers on July 16, 2010.
Blyleven joins Twins’ greats Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew, Tony Oliva, Kent Hrbek and Kirby Puckett.
“2011 is going to be a special year for the Blyleven family, the Twins organization and millions of fans across Twins Territory,” said Twins CEO Jim Pohlad. “As excitement builds for Bert’s induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Twins organization is proud to bestow our highest honor with the retirement of his jersey – number 28. Bert Blyleven Day is aimed at celebrating Bert’s incredible contributions on and off the field, while also providing he and his family a proper send-off to Cooperstown.”
Blyleven ranks first on the Twins all-time list in complete games (141), shutouts (29) and strikeouts (2035). He is second in wins (149) and innings pitched (2566.2). He is third in starts (345), fifth in ERA (3.28) and 12th in games (348).