Justin Morneau Joins Twins Hall of Fame
Image courtesy of Dave Berding, USA TodayMake your plans now. On Saturday, May 23rd, the Twins will be hosting the White Sox at Target Field. On that day, Justin Morneau will be inducted as the 34th member of the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame in a pre-game ceremony.
It was just a matter of time, really, as Morneau had an impressive career with the Twins.
In 1999, the Twins made the New Westminster, Vancouver, native their third-round draft pick. At the time, he was a catcher, but he quickly moved to first base after an arm injury.
He made his much-anticipated major-league debut for the Twins in 2003. If you can recall, he received a standing ovation before that plate appearance.
In 1,278 games, Morneau hit .278 with 289 doubles, 221 home runs and 860 RBI. His 221 home runs currently rank third on the Twins all-time list.
In 2006, he was the American League Most Valuable Player. In 157 games that season ,he hit .321/.375/.559 (.934) with 37 doubles, 34 homers and 130 RBI.
He was an All-Star in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. 2010 was shaping up to be his best season yet. Through 81 games, he was hitting a robust .345/.437/.618 (1.055) with 25 doubles and 18 home runs when he slid into second base and took a John MacDonald knee to the head and suffered a concussion that altered the trajectory of the Twins season and his career.
He remained with the Twins through August 31, 2013, when he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates to end the season. He spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons with the Rockies. He owns the 2014 National League batting title when he hit .319 in 2014. He played in 58 games for the White Sox in 2016 before retiring.
He joined the Twins as a Special Assistant to Baseball Operations the last two seasons. He has now spent time the last couple of seasons in the broadcast booth with Dick Bremer and will do about 60 games in 2020.
On Friday, May 22, the first 5,000 fans in attendance at Target Field will receive a Justin Morneau Hall of Fame pin. The first 10,000 fans to enter on Sunday, May 24, will receive a Morneau Hall of Fame bobblehead.
There is a 71-member committee that votes on the Twins Hall of Fame. It includes local and national media, club officials, fan vote and past elected members.
Morneau joins the following in the Twins Hall of Fame:
2000: Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew, Tony Oliva, Kent Hrbek, Kirby Puckett, Calvin Griffith
2001: Jim Kaat, Herb Carneal
2002: Bert Blyleven, Tom Kelly
2003: Bob Casey, Bob Allison
2004: Earl Battey
2005: Frank Viola
2006: Carl Pohlad, Zoilo Versalles
2007: Jim Rantz
2008: Rick Aguilera
2009: Brad Radke, George Brophy
2010: Greg Gagne
2011: Jim Perry
2012: Camilo Pascual
2013: Eddie Guardado, Tom Mee
2014: Chuck Knoblauch (elected, but not inducted)
2016: Torii Hunter, John Gordon
2017: Michael Cuddyer, Andy MacPhail
2018: Johan Santana
2019: Joe Nathan, Jerry Bell
2020: Justin Morneau
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