A World Series winning outfielder, a longtime manager and a productive utility man are the latest additions to the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame.
On Thursday the Twins announced that Dan Gladden, Ron Gardenhire and Cesar Tovar as the team’s Hall of Fame Class of 2022. It’s the first time since the inaugural class of 2000 in which at least three members will be inducted.
“The Minnesota Twins are thrilled about the election of Ron Gardenhire, Dan Gladden and César Tovar to the Twins Hall of Fame,” President & CEO Dave St. Peter said in a release. “All three are most deserving of this honor and their impact – from the dugout to the broadcast booth and beyond – in the Twins organization and across Twins Territory has been felt for generations.”
Gladden served as outfielder fo the Twins from 1987-91 and was an integral part of the 1987 and 1991 World Series champions. He tops the Twins’ all-time list in playoffs games in runs (17) and stolen bases (7) and is also tied for first in games (24), second hits (29) doubles (6) and RBI (15). Gladden scored one of the most memorable runs in World Series history – tallying the winning score in 10th inning of Game 7 in 1991. In his career with Minnesota, Gladden batted .268 with 117 doubles, 26 triples, 38 home runs, 238 RBI, 358 runs scored and 116 stolen bases in 644 games. He’s been a radio announcer for the club since 2000.
Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons from 2002-14, compiling a record of 1,068-1,039 (.507). He had the second-most wins in Minnesota history, trailing only fellow Twins Hall of Famer Tom Kelly. “Gardy” held the post of third base coach for 11 seasons, including during the team’s 1991 World Series championship run. Gardenhire managed the club to 90 or more wins five times and won the American League Central title in six of his 13 seasons (2002, ’03, ’04, ’06, ’09 and ’10). He was named the American League Manager of the Year in 2010 and finished as runner-up for the award in 2003, ’04, ’06, ’08 and ’09. He was also named Baseball America AL Manager of the Year in 2008 and The Sporting News AL Manager of the Year in 2010.
Tovar played eight seasons with the Twins from 1965-72, batting .281 with 193 doubles, 45 triples, 38 home runs, 319 RBI, 646 runs scored and 186 stolen bases in 1,090 games. The utilityman, who passed away in 1994, is third on Minnesota’s all-time list in stolen bases, seventh in triples, 11th in hits and at-bats, tied for 11th in runs scored, 13th in doubles and 15th in games played. A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Tovar led the American League in doubles (36) and triples (13) in 1970 and hits in 1971 (204). He also finished seventh in the AL Most Valuable Player voting in 1967, after hitting .267 (173-for-649) with 32 doubles, seven triples, six home runs, 47 RBI and 98 runs scored in an MLB-leading 164 games. On Sept. 22, 1968, he became the second player in AL/NL history to play all nine positions in the same game, doing so in the Twins’ 2-1 victory over Oakland.
Gladden and Tovar were elected by a 67-member committee consisting of local and national media, club officials, fans and past elected members, using rules similar to those necessary for election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Gardenhire was elected by a smaller “Veterans Committee,” consisting of living Twins Hall of Famers, Twins executives and local historians, and using the same rules as the player ballot committee.
The induction ceremonies will take place Aug. 20-21 at Target Field during Minnesota’s series with Texas.