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Cuddyer, MacPhail Named To Twins Hall of Fame

Target Field is just a couple of hours away from opening its doors to Twins Fest 2017. It has been a busy couple of weeks for the Twins front office. The last two weeks have been busy with the Winter Caravan. Thursday night at Target Field was the Diamond Awards. And now Target Field will be full of people looking for handshakes, autographs, pictures and memories with some of their favorite Twins players.

At the media luncheon in the Champion's Club this afternoon, Twins President Dave St. Peter gave his state of the team speech and concluded with the announcement that two players have been added to the team's Hall of Fame, Michael Cuddyer and Andy MacPhail.
Image courtesy of Bill Streicher, USA Today
In this article, I'll briefly highlight some of the events and notes from the Diamond Awards and the media luncheon. Please feel free to ask questions below and I will respond as I have time.

Michael Cuddyer spent 11 of his 15 MLB season in a Twins uniform. The recently retired ballplayer had some strong seasons in a Twins uniform. Overall, he hit .272/.343/.451 (.794) with 239 doubles, 45 triples and 141 home runs in a Twins uniform. He will be at Twins Fest this weekend. Recently, he and Torii Hunter and LaTroy Hawkins were named special assistants to the Baseball Operations department.

Andy MacPhail became the Twins General Manager in 1985. He was very young then and helped put the final pieces together for the Twins 1987 and 1991 World Series Championship teams.

Dave St. Peter announced that both will be inducted during Hall of Fame weekend at Target Field, likely in August.

Cuddyer was named to the Hall of Fame from the players ballot. Dan Gladden and Cesar Tovar reportedly were second and third in the voting. In the non-player ballot, MacPhail finished ahead of long-time Twins coach Rick Stelmaszek and former Twins President Jerry Bell.

OTHER NOTES
  • Dustin Morse informed us that there will be 78 current, former and future Twins players signing at Twins Fest this year. He said that was pretty close to a record.
  • Sid Hartman was at the media luncheon.
  • Derek Falvey told the media that he and Thad Levine were in Ft. Myers last week at the Twins academy. They had two summits while there.
    • The first was a scouting summit. He said all of the scouts were in attendance, including new scouting director Sean Johnson. As a team, they put in place a set of processes, what they were looking for, etc.
    • There also was a hitting summit. It included new Twins hitting coach James Rowson, Jeff Pickler, Torii Hunter, minor league hitting coordinator Rick Epstein and all of the minor league hitting coaches. They discussed how to teach, terminology and more as a group.
    • Falvey also mentioned that it was also important for both of those summits to come together. That way the hitting coaches could discuss with the scouting department what they are teach and what they might be looking for. It starts a conversation and encourages collaboration between MLB, minor leagues, scouting and front office.
    • He said a similar pitching summit will take place in the coming weeks as well.
  • Dave St. Peter discussed many goings-on with the Twins. Much more will be coming out in the coming weeks, but here are a couple of highlights.
    • The Minnesota State High School League's championship games (four classes) will again be at Target Field on June 19th.
    • Target Field will also host a regional RBI tournament in mid-July.
    • Team USA and USA Baseball's 18U team will be headquartered here. They will play a game or two here before heading to Canada for the World Championships.
    • He again reiterated that Rod Carew is six weeks post-heart and kidney surgery. There is a chance he will be released from the hospital as early as today. He will be on travel restrictions, so he won't be at spring training or opening day, but they're hoping he'll be around by mid-summer.
    • Pitchers and catchers report on February 14th. Think about that. It's just 18 days away.
    • There is a new video board at Hammond Stadium.
    • Tickets to the Twins Opening Day game against the Royals on April 3rd will go on sale at 4:00 today.
    • The remainder of the tickets will be available starting February 25th.
    • The Twins will announce their full promotional schedule before the the 25th so that fans can see which games they want to attend.
    • In mid-July, the Twins will hold a 30th anniversary of the 1987 Twins World Series championship.
    • They also are planning a celebration of Rod Carew's Summer of '77 (40 years). The celebration of his MVP season and chase for .400 will include a bobblehead.
    • The Twins recently announced that Billy Joel will be playing a concert at Target Field. St. Peter also mentioned that they are having ongoing discussions with several promoters and will likely have at least one more show this summer.
    • He reminded the assembled group that the first college football game at Target Field will be played on September 23. It will feature St. Johns and St. Thomas. They anticipate drawing the largest crowd for a Division III football game ever.
    • St. Peter credited Bill Smith and Dan Starkey for their work on the Dominican academy, a $19 million collaboration between the Twins and Phillies.
    • They are changing the lighting at Target Field to an enhanced LED system. It will improve energy efficiency and improve the televised broadcasts.
    • Also, the team is opening a Twins-themed restaurant at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport (C concourse) in early March.
  • Twins Fest
    • I should point out that if you look at the Player Autograph schedule for Twins Fest, you'll notice that there are several FREE autograph sessions.
    • Lots of the player interviews will air on 1500 ESPN throughout the weekend, so be sure to listen in to those if you're not able to get here in person.
  • Winter Meltdown
    • A quick reminder that the Twins Daily Winter Meltdown will be held at Brothers (near Target Field) on Saturday night. The event will begin at 4:30. Our guests this year will include Jack Goin and LaTroy Hawkins. Parker, John and I talked to them this afternoon.
  • Diamond Awards
    • On Thursday night, the Twins and the University of Minnesota collaborated with the BBWAA to put on a terrific show at the Diamond Awards at Target Field.
    • It's a fun celebration of the positives for the Twins during the 2016 season (yes, there were some), and a way to help the Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center (BAARC) and the University of Minnesota. The dollars generated will help research to find cures eventually for diseases such as ALS, ataxia, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson's disease, and other neurodegenerative diseases.
    • You can watch a lot of it on the Twins Facebook page. Much of it was shown live.
    • It was nice catching up with some of the players at the event, Zack Granite, Stephen Gonsalves, Max Kepler and Brian Dozier.
    • We had a Twins Daily table, and as was pointed out on Twitter, it was right by the bar. In addition to John and I, Jeremy Nygaard and Ted Schwerzler were at the table. Also, Mariana, the person behind Twins Latinos on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram sat with us. Be sure to follow her. Who knows? Give it some thought. Maybe next year we can get enough people to get 2-3 tables there.
If you get out to Twins Fest this weekend and see any of us Twins Daily types, be sure to say Hi.

And, if you are still looking for a 2017 Twins Prospect Handbook, they can be purchased at the FanHQ booth on the lower level of Target Field.


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16 Comments

Sid Hartman was at the media luncheon.

 

I don't always care for Sid or what he has to say, but he is going to outlive us all.  He is one tough b^&%$%#.

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Sid Hartman was at the media luncheon.

 

I don't always care for Sid or what he has to say, but he is going to outlive us all.  He is one tough b^&%$%#.

 

He used to go dancing with my mother in the 50s. She had to be about half his age at the time.

Listening to Seth Stohs on Ruese right now.  Damn -- now Falvey might be taking away some of Seth's air time.  Damn you Falvey - we want Seth!

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stringer bell
Jan 27 2017 04:15 PM

Cuddyer is my all-time favorite Twin, so I'm glad he's in the team Hall of Fame. However, I think there are some "classic" Twins like Cesar Tovar who should be inducted and hey, Cuddy could have waited a couple years.

    • HitInAPinch likes this

I am not impressed by the Twins Hall of Fame.  I am a small hall advocate for Cooperstown and when I look at the quality of the total Twin inductees I shiver.  We do not have to have HOF inductees, but if we are just going to name nice guys who once played for the Twins we need to change the designation from Hall of Fame to memorable guys. 

    • Thrylos, Ben B, h2oface and 3 others like this
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TheLeviathan
Jan 27 2017 08:59 PM

Congrats to them both!

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Brock Beauchamp
Jan 28 2017 12:11 AM

I am not impressed by the Twins Hall of Fame. I am a small hall advocate for Cooperstown and when I look at the quality of the total Twin inductees I shiver. We do not have to have HOF inductees, but if we are just going to name nice guys who once played for the Twins we need to change the designation from Hall of Fame to memorable guys.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on keys to the city for local municipalities.
    • drjim and HitInAPinch like this

 

Listening to Seth Stohs on Ruese right now.  Damn -- now Falvey might be taking away some of Seth's air time.  Damn you Falvey - we want Seth!

 

That was funny. Twins Fest didn't open until 4, so at 3 Derek Wetmore and I went out to the stage to listen to Reusse interview Falvey and Mauer. But Falvey was a little late, so Reusse asked me to just be ready. One question asked, and Falvey and Levine showed up, so I was done. Ha! that was fine with me.

 

Was nice to shake hands and chat with Falvey and Levine a couple of times today. Very impressive guys. They're very thoughtful in what they say and don't give away too much, for sure. But enjoyable to talk to.

    • HitInAPinch likes this

 

Cuddyer is my all-time favorite Twin, so I'm glad he's in the team Hall of Fame. However, I think there are some "classic" Twins like Cesar Tovar who should be inducted and hey, Cuddy could have waited a couple years.

 

I liked Cuddyer. Definitely one of my favorite players to watch compete. Was pretty surreal interviewing him this afternoon. Seems like a genuinely good, family-first guy. But very smart. He'll do well in his role with the Twins. 

    • HitInAPinch likes this

I am not impressed by the Twins Hall of Fame. I am a small hall advocate for Cooperstown and when I look at the quality of the total Twin inductees I shiver. We do not have to have HOF inductees, but if we are just going to name nice guys who once played for the Twins we need to change the designation from Hall of Fame to memorable guys.


I agree totally. A HOF should be only the very special. Cuddyer is not HOF material, unless perhaps, there is a low bar. Well..... I guess there is a low bar. HOF should be reserved for great careers, not good careers.
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That was funny. Twins Fest didn't open until 4, so at 3 Derek Wetmore and I went out to the stage to listen to Reusse interview Falvey and Mauer. But Falvey was a little late, so Reusse asked me to just be ready. One question asked, and Falvey and Levine showed up, so I was done. Ha! that was fine with me.

 

Was nice to shake hands and chat with Falvey and Levine a couple of times today. Very impressive guys. They're very thoughtful in what they say and don't give away too much, for sure. But enjoyable to talk to.

 

You did rock that one question though.

    • Seth Stohs and D. Hocking like this

About time that MacPhail was recognized for what he did for the Twins.

    • h2oface and HitInAPinch like this

 

I'd love to hear your thoughts on keys to the city for local municipalities.

How many of the recipients can you name?  I can't and they do not hang as banners on the lamp posts.

I am not mad about this, but I know that every year there will be 1 or 2 more and I cannot see that a team with the record that we have had since I ushered in 1961 has that many stars - http://minnesota.twi...ar_results.jsp

If they choose to add more names I will be fine, just like I look at the MLB HOF and cringe at some of the names I will wonder what it takes to be a Twins HOF member.

 

In the long run it is just something to write about while I wait for the season.

    • h2oface likes this

 

I agree totally. A HOF should be only the very special. Cuddyer is not HOF material, unless perhaps, there is a low bar. Well..... I guess there is a low bar. HOF should be reserved for great careers, not good careers.

I responded to Brock who questioned my position and I will share with you (a kindred spirit) with this list of Twins wins and losses http://minnesota.twi...ear_results.jsp and wonder how many stars we can pluck out of this history.  I know we have had players like Steve Carlton come on the roster for a short time past their prime, but while they are MLB HOF they did not do enough with the Twins to be on the local HOF.

Thanks for your comment. 

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About time that MacPhail was recognized for what he did for the Twins.

 

Some of the writers were sitting around and that's the question I asked, and everyone kind of agreed. 

    • Thrylos and h2oface like this

 

They also are planning a celebration of Rod Carew's Summer of '77 (40 years). The celebration of his MVP season and chase for .400 will include a bobblehead.

It has been 40 years?Getting old...(My kids would be sure to correct the "getting" part.)


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