Vote Twins into Hall of Fame
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Twins announced that fans can now vote for the 2009 Twins Hall of Fame class at www.twinsbaseball.com. Established in 2000, the Twins Hall of Fame annually recognizes uniform personnel who have made significant contributions to the franchise and game of baseball across the Upper Midwest. The 2009 Twins Hall of Fame ballot features 19 former players and fans can vote for up to five candidates. The top vote-getter will be elected and honored in a pre-game ceremony during the 2009 regular season.
2009 candidates include Dave Boswell (P, 1964-1970); Tom Brunansky (OF, 1982-1988); John Castino (IF, 1979-1984); Marty Cordova (OF, 1995-1999); Greg Gagne (SS, 1983-1992); Dan Gladden (OF, 1987-1991); Dave Goltz (P, 1972-1979); Jim “Mudcat” Grant (P, 1964-1967); Brian Harper (C, 1988-93); Larry Hisle (OF, 1973-1977); Chuck Knoblauch (2B, 1991-1997); Camilo Pascual (P, 1961-1966); Jim Perry (P, 1963-1972); Brad Radke (P, 1995-2006); Jeff Reardon (P, 1987-1989); Roy Smalley (SS, 1976-1982; 1985-1987); Kevin Tapani (1989-1995); Cesar Tovar (OF, 1965-1972); and Al Worthington (P, 1964-1969).
Online voting for the Twins Hall of Fame begins Monday, December 1, 2008 and concludes Monday, January 5, 2009. The Twins Hall of Fame Class of 2009 will be announced in conjunction with TwinsFest 2009 set for January 23 – 25, 2009.
Voting for former players is conducted by a 57-member committee, which includes fans, local baseball writers, Twins broadcasters, Twins Hall of Fame members, local television and radio broadcasters and select Twins front office personnel.
The Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame, which honors players, coaches and off-field personnel who have contributed to the organization’s growth and success since the Twin Cities broke into the major leagues in 1961, was created as part of the club’s 40th Season Celebration in 2000. The inaugural class of Twins Hall of Famers, inducted on August 12, 2000, included Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew, Tony Oliva, Kent Hrbek, Kirby Puckett and Calvin Griffith. Herb Carneal and Jim Kaat (2001), Bert Blyleven and Tom Kelly (2002), Bob Casey and Bob Allison (2003), Earl Battey (2004), Carl Pohlad and Frank Viola (2005), Zoilo Versalles (2006), Gary Gaetti and Jim Rantz (2007), and Rick Aguilera (2008) have been inducted in annual ceremonies at the Metrodome.