Twins Hall of Fame Online Voting Begins

The Minnesota Twins have announced that fans can vote for the 2012 Twins Hall of Fame class by visiting www.twinsbaseball.com/hof.

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 2012 Twins Hall of Fame ballot features 18 former players. Fans are encouraged to vote for their favorite.

The 2012 Hall of Fame candidates include: Dave Boswell (P, 1964-70), Tom Brunansky (OF, 1982-88), John Castino (INF, 1979-84), Dean Chance (P, 1967-69), Dan Gladden (OF, 1987-91), Dave Goltz (P, 1972-79), Mudcat Grant (P, 1964-67), Eddie Guardado (P, 1993-2003, 2008), Brian Harper (C, 1988-93), Larry Hisle (OF, 1973-77), Chuck Knoblauch (2B, 1991-97), Corey Koskie (3B, 1998-2004), Camilo Pascual (P, 1961-66), Jeff Reardon (P, 1987-89), Roy Smalley (INF, 1976-82, 1985-87), Kevin Tapani (P, 1989-95), Cesar Tovar (OF, 1965-72) and Al Worthington (P, 1964-69).

Online voting for the Twins Hall of Fame Class of 2012 begins Monday, Nov. 28 and concludes at midnight on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. The 2012 inductees will be announced in conjunction with TwinsFest, which is set for January 27-29 at the H.H.H. Metrodome.

Voting is conducted by a 54-member committee, which includes local and national baseball writers, Twins broadcasters, Twins Hall of Fame members, local TV and Radio members, select Twins front office personnel and the fans.

The Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame 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. The Twins Hall of fame was created in 2000 in conjunction with the club’s 40th Season Celebration, when they inducted Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew, Tony Oliva, Kent Hrbek, Kirby Puckett and Calvin Griffith. In years following, other players inducted include 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), Rick Aguilera (2008), Brad Radke and George Brophy (2009), Greg Gagne (2010) and Jim Perry (2011.

For more information and to vote for the Twins Hall of Fame, please log on to www.twinsbaseball.com/hof.