It’s 2020 and things are changing or just flat-out wild. Today, an announcement was made and the time has come.
Bert Blyleven is leaving the broadcast booth.
Part 1 - For 25 years I have had the privilege to be part of the Twins broadcast team. Tonight sad to say will be my last Twins broadcast. But I will continue to serve my role as a Special Assistant for future years.— Bert Blyleven (@BertBlyleven28) September 2, 2020
Tonight is the final night that you and yours can sit down on the couch, watch the game, and listen to “Dick and Bert” on FOX Sports North. Blyleven has provided analysis during Minnesota Twins television broadcasts since 1996 - an astounding 25 years. Many will remember him for such things as Circle Me Bert (which was axed years ago), “downward plane”, and dropping that f-bomb live during a pre-game show - twice (obviously some strong language in this link).
In past years, Bert’s time on the broadcasts have dwindled significantly and many have wondered if this will be his last season to join long-time play-by-play announcer Dick Bremer. His role has been filled with more former Twins players such as Justin Morneau, LaTroy Hawkins, and Roy Smalley, just to name a few.
Don’t fret, though. Blyleven will continue to be with the organization to transition to being a special assistant. The full announcement from the club can be found in the below tweet from Brandon Warne of Zone Coverage:
And not to worry if you were never circled by Bert. He’s officially circled us all.
Part 2 - I want to thank the Twins organization, Dave St.Peter and ESPECIALLY THE FANS for your support over the years. You are ALL “Hereby Circled”. ⭕️⭕️⭕️⭕️⭕️⭕️⭕️⭕️⭕️⭕️ God Bless and be safe ⚾️— Bert Blyleven (@BertBlyleven28) September 2, 2020
Bert will certainly be missed by many Twins fans who have spent time watching the team through thick and thin with Blyleven in the booth.
What is your favorite Bert memory?