Minnesota Twins Announce Plans to Unveil Bronze Statue of Kent Hrbek

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Twins today announced plans to unveil a bronze statue of former Twins first baseman Kent Hrbek prior to the Saturday, April 14 tilt against the Texas Rangers.

The unveiling will take place outside of Gate 14 (named after Hrbek’s retired number) starting at 10:30 a.m. Emceed by Twins broadcaster Dick Bremer, several special guests including Hennepin County Commissioner Mike Opat, Minnesota Ballpark Authority Chair Steve Cramer and former Twins greats including Tony Oliva, will be on-hand to honor Kent for his many accomplishments while wearing a Twins uniform.

Fans are invited and encouraged to attend the unveiling ceremony.

The Hrbek statue will be the seventh outside the gates of Target Field. Hrbek’s joins the likenesses of Rod Carew, Calvin Griffith, Carl and Eloise Pohlad, Tony Oliva, Kirby Puckett and Harmon Killebrew. All of the statues at Target Field have been the work of Minnesota-based artist Bill Mack.

Hrbek, a native of Bloomington, played his entire 14-year career with the Twins from 1981-1994. Hrbek won two World Series titles with the Twins in 1987 and 1991, and was named an All-Star in 1982. He was most appreciated by his teammates and Twins' fans for his upper-deck power and his defensive prowess at first base. He is among club leaders in nearly every offensive category, but may be best-remembered for his Game Six grand slam in the 1987 World Series and for his much-debated tag of Ron Gant of the Atlanta Braves in Game Two of the 1991 World Series. Hrbek had his number 14 formally retired by the Twins on August 13, 1995.

Tickets Still Available

Season, group and single-game tickets for the 2012 season at Target Field are now available at www.twinsbaseball.com by calling 612-33-TWINS (612-338-9467) or 800-33-TWINS (800-338-9467), or in-person at the Target Field Ticket Office and at Twins Pro Shops located in Apple Valley, Roseville and Minnetonka.