The Jonah Keri Podcast, Episode 11 (Part 4)
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.
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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