MacPhail inducted into Twins Hall of Fame

Former GM's time in Minnesota 'an important chapter in my life'

August 20th, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins wrapped up an eventful weekend at Target Field by inducting former general manager Andy MacPhail into the team's Hall of Fame on Sunday ahead of Minnesota's 12-5 win over Arizona. MacPhail became the 30th member of the Twins Hall of Fame, one day after Michael Cuddyer was inducted. MacPhail served as GM for Minnesota from 1985-94 before he became president and CEO of the Cubs in '95.

"This was an important chapter in my life, unlike any other," MacPhail said. "To get the feeling from people that my time here was worthwhile is quite a reward. I couldn't be more excited about this honor."

MacPhail's induction comes 30 years after the 1987 World Series championship, won while he was at the helm. In its first World Series championship since '24, Minnesota won the first two and final two games of a seven-game series with the Cardinals.

The Twins won another Fall Classic under MacPhail's direction in 1991, defeating the Braves. They again claimed Games 1, 2, 6 and 7. However, the first ring will always be significant for MacPhail. It was a quick turnaround for a team that was in rebuild mode when he first arrived.

"It was quite a ride coming back from Detroit. ... [It] is something you will never forget," MacPhail said. "There will be things that I'm never going to replicate in my career."

Though MacPhail joins 29 other members in the team's sacred club, he is just the ninth non-uniform member to be inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame. He was also named the Sporting News Executive of the Year in 1991.

And it was all accomplished by the front office taking a chance on a 32-year-old assistant to the GM of the Astros.

"That's a mystery to me," MacPhail said on how he was hired. "I was 32 years old, and I had never run a department. I don't know how I particularly distinguished myself. But it certainly worked out, and it was a great experience for me."

Worth noting

• Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said there was no update regarding 's status. Sano, who left Saturday's game with a sore left shin, was scheduled to have an MRI on Sunday. The team was still waiting on the results during media availability.