|Birth Day:||February 24, 1982|
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He played baseball at Del City High School in California.
He graduated from Del City High School in Del City, Oklahoma. He attended Seminole State College. The 6-4, 227 pound right-hander was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 34th round of the 2000 amateur entry draft. The Minnesota Twins then drafted him in the 29th round of the 2001 amateur entry draft. The Minnesota Twins signed him on May 21, 2002. From 2002 to 2007, he pitched 6 seasons for the Minnesota Twins minor league system. In 138 minor league appearances, he pitched 702 innings, posting 40-40 record with 434 strikeouts and a 3.68 ERA. His best season in the minors came in 2007, and after the season Baseball America ranked him as the Twins' No. 1 prospect.
Blackburn started his 2007 season with the Rochester Red Wings, where he pitched in 17 games. In those 17 games, he pitched 110.2 innings, posting a 7-3 record with 57 strikeouts and a 2.11 ERA. He was called up by the Twins in September. He made his major league debut on September 3, 2007, in a home game against the Cleveland Indians. In his major league debut, he pitched 1 inning of perfect baseball as a relief pitcher. He went on to pitch 6 games in 2007, all as a relief pitcher. He picked up his first hold on September 10, 2007, in a road win against the Kansas City Royals. Through his first 4 games as a Twins relief pitcher, he posted a 2.70 ERA; however, he gave up 8 earned runs in his last two appearances, raising his season total ERA to 7.71.
Blackburn pitched 9 innings in spring training for the Minnesota Twins, posting a 3.00 ERA, earning him a starting spot on the 2008 rotation. He picked up his first major league win on April 19, 2008, in a home game against the Cleveland Indians, pitching 7.2 innings of shutout baseball.
On May 1, 2008, Blackburn was hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of New York Yankees outfielder Bobby Abreu; however, he did not miss any time.
Blackburn started the 2010 season relatively strong, going 6-1 in April and May, with a 4.28 ERA. However, he struggled after that, going 1-6 with a 9.20 ERA over his next nine starts. On July 21, 2010, Blackburn was demoted to the bullpen and replaced in the rotation by Brian Duensing. In one relief appearance, Blackburn surrendered three earned runs in two innings. Through July 29, Blackburn was 7-7 with a 6.66 ERA.
On July 29, the Twins optioned Blackburn to triple-A Rochester to make room on the active roster for newly acquired closer Matt Capps. He was recalled on August 21, 2010, after Kevin Slowey was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a triceps injury.
Blackburn's 2012 season was an abysmal showing, finishing 4-9 in 19 starts. He also surrendered 143 hits in less than 100 innings.
On October 25, 2012, Blackburn had successful surgery to remove a bone chip in his throwing elbow, and is on track for spring training. In January, he was removed from the 40 man roster.
He did not pitch in the Majors in 2013, spending the whole season in the minors. Blackburn went on to appear in just 6 starts at the AAA level, recording an ERA over 5 before being shut down due to knee problems.
After being released by the Twins in late 2013, Blackburn encountered problems with his surgically repaired knee which he had surgery on in August. Because of a needed second surgery on his right knee, Blackburn spent the 2014 season recovering from knee surgery. Since his retirement, Blackburn went on to be a coach for his former high school, Washington High School in Washington, Oklahoma.
Nick's wife Alicia gave birth to twin boys in 2013.
Currently, Nick Blackburn is 39 years, 0 months and 9 days old. Nick Blackburn will celebrate 40th birthday on a Thursday 24th of February 2022. Below we countdown to Nick Blackburn upcoming birthday.