Cuddyer, MacPhail elected to Twins HOF

Former outfielder, GM to be honored on separate days in August

Cuddyer, MacPhail elected to Twins HOF

MINNEAPOLIS -- Former All-Star outfielder Michael Cuddyer and former general manager Andy MacPhail are the two newest members of the Twins Hall of Fame, the club announced Friday.

Cuddyer was elected as part of the player ballot voted on by the media, front office personnel, fans and members of the Twins Hall of Fame, while MacPhail was elected through the non-player ballot consisting of Twins Hall of Famers, baseball historians and front-office officials such as president Dave St. Peter.

The Twins now have 30 members in their Hall of Fame, and ceremonies for Cuddyer and MacPhail will be held at Target Field on Aug. 19 and 20, when the Twins host the D-backs.

"The Pohlad family and entire Minnesota Twins organization would like to congratulate Andy MacPhail and Michael Cuddyer on their well-deserved election to the Twins Hall of Fame," St. Peter said. "Andy and Michael both made significant contributions to our franchise over an extended period of time. In addition, both men have earned widespread respect across our organization, within our industry and most importantly, with our fans."

Cuddyer, 37, spent 11 of his 15 Major League seasons with the Twins, contributing to six different American League Central championship teams. The 2011 All-Star batted .272/.343/.451 with the Twins and played in a total of 1,139 games for Minnesota, collecting 1,106 hits, 239 doubles, 35 triples, 141 home runs, 580 RBIs, 606 runs scored and 411 walks.

Cuddyer received a phone call from St. Peter welcoming him to the Hall of Fame, and he was surprised when Hall of Famer Rod Carew also got on the phone to congratulate him from the hospital where Carew is recovering from heart transplant surgery.

"It's awesome," Cuddyer said. "Any time you're talking to Carew, I don't care what it is, it's special. But to hear I was going to the Hall of Fame, I didn't know what to say. I'm not usually speechless, but I was in that moment."

Cuddyer, who was selected by the Twins with the No. 9 overall pick in the 1997 MLB Draft, is ninth on the Twins' all-time list in doubles, 10th in home runs and 11th in RBIs. He rejoined the club in November as a special assistant, and he will also contribute to select Fox Sports North broadcasts.

"It's something I'm really excited about as well," Cuddyer said. "It really meant a lot to come back and be a part of this organization."

MacPhail, who is currently the president of baseball operations of the Phillies, took over as the third general manager in Twins history following the 1985 season and proceeded to build the franchise's first two World Series champion teams in '87 and '91.

He was named the Sporting News Executive of the Year in 1991, after turning Minnesota around from a last-place club to winning the title. The Twins compiled an overall record of 710-699 (.504) during MacPhail's decade at the helm. MacPhail is the son of National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Lee MacPhail and grandson of fellow Hall of Famer Larry MacPhail, who were also MLB executives.

"I think they'd appreciate the recognition like I do," MacPhail said of his father and grandfather, who have since passed. "I'm honored and flattered to be included in this group. It's a special organization. It's not something you aspire to, but it's something that's bestowed upon you, and you should be grateful when it comes along."

MacPhail found out about the honor during the opening ceremony for the shared complex between the Twins and Phillies in the Dominican Republic that opened on Jan. 17. Owner Jim Pohlad and St. Peter told MacPhail in person, which made it even more special.

"My time in Minneapolis was a special chapter in my life," MacPhail said. "I started my family there. I got married in Minneapolis, and we had our two boys there. And we obviously won a few championships. But equally as important there were lifelong relationships and friends that I made."

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.