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The Jonah Keri Podcast, Episode 11 (Part 4)

16 December 2010

The fourth part of Baseball Hall of Fame Week on the Jonah Keri Podcast features Bert Blyleven. A 22-year veteran and two-time World Series champion, Blyleven ranks 5th all-time in strikeouts and 9th all-time in shutouts. But despite a resume that includes those and many other stellar credentials, Blyleven has been snubbed 13 times by Hall of Fame voters. After falling just a few voters short last time, Blyleven is a strong candidate to finally gain induction on his 14th try.

(If you haven’t already, check out the rest of this week’s Baseball Hall of Fame podcasts: Part 1 with Tim Raines, Part 2 with Dave Van Horne, and Part 3 with Bob Elliott.)

The topics Bert Blyleven and I cover:

  • 1:50-3:00: Why is the HOF a big deal?
  • 3:01-5:11: Marvin Miller changed baseball forever
  • 5:12-7:55: The origins of Bert Blyleven’s curveball, and the importance of his fastball
  • 7:56-10:48: Blyleven’s endurance, and how handling pitchers has changed over the years
  • 10:49-13:54: Did weaker hitters and a lesser offensive environment help Blyleven’s career?
  • 13:55-17:08: Lousy run support and how it’s hurt Blyleven’s Hall of Fame case (in the eyes of some)
  • 17:09-19:55: On the other hand, Blyleven has argued as an announcer that pitcher wins are an important statistic. How to reconcile those two stances?
  • 19:56-21:43: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Mark McGwire all belong in the Hall of Fame
  • 21:44-24:38: Performance-enhancing substances have existed for a looong time
  • 24:39-27:42: Blyleven on his many advocates
  • 27:43-31:04: The evolution of the Twins, and the impact of Target Field
  • 31:05-end: How are the Twins looking for 2011?

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Windu permalink
    16 December 2010 6:04 pm

    is there a non-itunes RSS feed? I would love to subscribe to it but I don’t want to use itunes. I would rather just use Zune, just need a regular podcast RSS feed for that.

  2. 16 December 2010 11:36 pm

    Phenomenal work as always, Jonah. One of my favorites yet, though I am probably biased given that I am a Twins fan and hear Bert ~80 times a year do color commentary and know that even though he still discusses pitcher wins he seems like a great guy. He’s also one of my favorite players ever so that doesn’t hurt either.

    • Jonah permalink*
      16 December 2010 11:39 pm

      Thanks for listening!


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