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Bert Blyleven named Manager Futures Game

...Bert Blyleven...
...Manager Futures Game...
...World Team...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
NEW YORK, New York (USA) - Dutch-born former Major League-pitcher and Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven has been named Manager of the World Team for this years Futures Game, which will be played on July 13 at Target Field in Minneapolis, the home of the Minnesota Twins. The World Team then meets the US Team, which will be managed by former Twins Manager Tom Kelly.

The Futures Game will be played for the 16th time with the best prospects meeting each other two days before the annual All Star Game. In the previous 15 games, the US Team won nine times.

Bert Blyleven pitched 22 seasons in the Major League and was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1970 when he pitched for the Twins, his first of eleven seasons with the club. He holds the Twins-record with 2035 strikeouts. During the 1976 season, Blyleven was traded by the Twins to the Texas Rangers, where he pitched through 1977. He then threw for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1978-1980), followed by the Cleveland Indians, who then traded him back to the Twins during the 1985 season. Blyleven also pitched for the Twins in 1986-1988, then played two seasons for the California Angels (1989-1990). After not playing due to an injury in 1991, he pitched one more season for the Angels in 1992 before retiring. Since 1996, Blyleven is a broadcaster for the Twins. His uniform number 28 was retired in 2011. In his long career, he won 287 games and struckout 3701 batters. In 2009 and 2013, Blyleven was the Pitching Coach of the Netherlands National Baseball Team during the World Baseball Classic. In 2011, he was elected into the Hall of Fame.

Tom Kelly won the World Series with the Twins in 1987 and 1991. With 1140, he has the most victories as a manager in Twins-history and also managed the most games with 2385. His uniform number 10 was retired in 2012.

(April 2)

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