Circle me no more.
Twins' legend and Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven is stepping away from Twins' broadcasts to become a "special assistant" with the organization, the franchise announced Wednesday.
“It is not often you can bring a Hall of Famer and a World Series champion into your broadcast booth, much less one who possesses that enviable combination of knowledge and charisma to keep fans hooked for more than two decades; the Twins did just that with Bert Blyleven,” Twins President & CEO Dave St. Peter said. “While his on-field contributions for the club are well-documented, we are truly grateful for Bert’s 25 years of introducing new Twins fans to the game through his stories, insight and analysis on our television broadcasts."
Blyleven joined Twins broadcasts in 1996 on the former Midwest Sports Channel working with the likes of Tommy John, Ryan Lefebvre, and current Twins play-by-play broadcaster Dick Bremer. Since 2006, his analysis has contributed to 10 Emmy Awards to Fox Sports North.
His "Circle Me Bert" bit, started in 2002, transformed into a fundraiser benefitting Parksinson's disease research and other charitable donations.
Blyleven pitched half of 22-year MLB career in Minnesota from 1970-76 and 1985-88.