Friday, July 22, 2011

Blyleven kicks off busy HOF weekend

This is a weekend that Bert Blyleven has waited for since he retired from Major League Baseball. He will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend in Cooperstown, New York. This event will wrap-up a busy schedule that has accompanied Blyleven since the Twins retired his number 28 last weekend at Target Field.

Sunday will mark the official induction ceremony for Blyleven in Cooperstown. The Twins have already announced that the start time for the team's game on Sunday will be pushed back two hours so fans can watch Blyleven's induction speech before the game.

The events of this weekend start much earlier than the induction ceremony on Sunday. Many of the members of the Hall of Fame have already arrived in Cooperstown for events that are held through out the week.

Here are some of the events that will include Twins players this weekend:

Friday, July 22: PLAY Ball with Ozzie Smith and special guests Rod Carew, Andre Dawson, and Whitey Herzog: This is an event to raise funds for the Hall of Fame's education and public programs. There is a limit of 40 people for the event and the cost is $600 per person. It sounds as if participants will get close interactions with each of the players that are at the event.

Saturday, July 23: Hall of Fame Spotlight Series: Current Hall of Fame players will discuss a variety of topics in an interactive setting. This all day event (11 a.m.- 3 p.m.)  will feature many former players and coaches including Paul Molitor of the Twins. Some of the topics include talent evaluation and the batter's eye, two topics that Moitor would have great insights on from his career.

Parade of Legends: There are scheduled to be 53 Hall of Famers that return to Cooperstowns for this year's ceremony. Many of these players will take part in the parade through the streets of the city. This could be the first event that will give fans a good chance to see many of the players that have already been inducted into the Hall of Fame. 

Sunday, July 24: Induction of the Class of 2011 to the National Baseball Hall of Fame: The inductions of Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven, and Pat Gillick will begin at 12:30 p.m. Central. The ceremony will be shown on the MLB Network or fans can watch the event on the Hall of Fame's website. There are sure to be some memorable quotes from Mr. Blyleven during his induction speech.

Monday, July 25: Voices of the Game- Inductee Memories: Each of the three newly elected members to the Hall of Fame will share their best memories from the events of the weekend. The perfect way to cap the memorable events of the previous days.

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