Twins Hall of Fame online voting begins

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Twins have announced that fans can now vote for the 2013 Twins Hall of Fame class by visiting www.twinsbaseball.com/hof. In addition, Rod Carew, an inaugural member of the Twins Hall of Fame (2000) and a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame (1991), has been named Chairman of the Twins Hall of Fame.

“It is truly an honor to be the first-ever Chairman of the Twins Hall of Fame,” said 18-time All-Star Rod Carew. “I look forward to honoring the legacy of Twins baseball and the great players that have left their mark on this incredible franchise and the game of baseball.”

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 2013 Twins Hall of Fame ballot features 18 former players. Fans are encouraged to vote for their favorite.

The 2013 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), Shane Mack (OF, 1990-94), 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 2013 begins Monday, Nov. 26 and concludes at midnight on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. The 2013 inductees will be announced in conjunction with TwinsFest, which is set for January 25-27 at the H.H.H. Metrodome.

Voting is conducted by a 57-member committee, which includes fans, local and national baseball writers, Twins broadcasters, Twins Hall of Fame members, local media members and select Twins front office personnel.

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), Jim Perry (2011) and Camilo Pascual (2012).

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