Twins announced tonight that Bert Blyleven will become the sixth member of the Twins organization to have his number retired. He will join Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva, Rod Carew, Kent Hrbek, and Kirby Puckett. Ever other player that has gone into the Hall-of-Fame wearing a Twins cap on their plaque had their number retired by the organization (Killebrew, Carew, Puckett).
The Twins are also planning a Bert Blyleven Day at Target Field the weekend before he is inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. The game on July 16 against the Rangers will feature the number retirement ceremony and other festivities to honor the former Twins pitcher and current TV analyst.
The retirement of Bert's number was something that I predicted earlier this offseason as I looked at the whirlwind year that Blyleven will have in 2011. This announcement is just another step in that journey.