Twins announce details for 2022 Hall of Fame Ceremonies this weekend

Ron Gardenhire (Saturday, August 20), Dan Gladden and César Tovar (Sunday, August 21) to be inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame during pregame ceremonies this weekend

August 18th, 2022

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Twins today announced further details regarding this weekend’s Twins Hall of Fame celebrations at Target Field, presented by Coordinated Business Systems – the first induction class of at least three since the inaugural group of six in 2000. The club will induct former manager Ron Gardenhire during pregame ceremonies on Saturday, August 20, followed by former outfielder and current broadcaster Dan Gladden, along with former multi-positional player César Tovar on Sunday, August 21. Sixteen members of the Twins Hall of Fame are scheduled to be in attendance to help celebrate Gardenhire, the second-winningest manager in team history; Gladden, who won a pair of World Series as a player before embarking on his current multi-decade run in the broadcast booth; and Tovar, a beloved sparkplug for Minnesota’s first two division championship teams. The trio will become the 35th, 36th and 37th members, respectively, of the Twins Hall of Fame.

Tickets for all four games of the Twins vs. Texas Rangers wraparound weekend series (Friday, August 19 through Monday, August 22) are available for purchase via, by calling 612-33-TWINS or 1-800-33-TWINS, or in-person at the Target Field Ticket Office.

Additional Twins Hall of Famers scheduled to be in attendance this weekend are: Jerry Bell, Bert Blyleven, Rod Carew, Michael Cuddyer, Gary Gaetti, Greg Gagne, John Gordon, Eddie Guardado, Kent Hrbek, Torii Hunter, Tom Kelly, Andy MacPhail, Justin Morneau, Joe Nathan, Tony Oliva and Jim Rantz.

More on this weekend’s special events, theme nights and gate giveaways:

Friday, August 19 vs. Texas Rangers (7:10 p.m.; gates open at 5:00 p.m.)

  • First Avenue Night: Fans who purchase this special theme night package receive a ticket to the game, along with an exclusive, First Avenue-inspired “TC” hat featuring the iconic music venue’s famed star (a portion of each ticket sold through this theme night package will support the Twin Cities Music Community Trust). Additionally, DJ Christian Baca will entertain fans from the Gate 34 area throughout the game; Minneapolis native and guitarist for The Replacements, Tommy Stinson, will throw out the first pitch; and Minneapolis-based Lady Lark, a staple of the Twin Cities music scene for her disco and R&B musical stylings, will sing the National Anthem.
  • “All You Can Eat” presented by Bally Sports North: Fans can enjoy unlimited access to ballpark favorites, courtesy of Bally Sports North, with a designated “All You Can Eat” Grandstand ticket (Sections 237-240),
  • Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Nominee Presentation: The Twins will honor centerfielder Byron Buxton as their 2022 nominee for the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award in a pregame presentation. The award is given annually to an active major league player who best exemplifies Hall of Famer Feller’s duality of service to country and love of baseball. Buxton, whose older brother Felton serves in the U.S. Navy, will be recognized for his community service initiatives supporting military servicemembers and their families.
  • Media Availability – Ron Gardenhire and Dan Gladden: Twins Hall of Fame electees Ron Gardenhire and Dan Gladden will be available to the media at 4:15 p.m. on the field.
  • Twins Hall of Fame Appearances: 2022 Twins Hall of Fame Weekend will get started with special, interactive opportunities with two of this year’s inductees – Ron Gardenhire and Dan Gladden.
  • Photo Opportunity: Fans will have an opportunity to have their picture taken with Gardenhire and Gladden from 6:10 to 6:40 p.m. inside Gate 29.
  • Celebrity Bartending: Fans can get their drinks served by “Gardy” at Gray Duck Deck from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m.
  • Friday Night Fireworks Presented by Securian Financial: The sixth in a summer-long series of Friday Night Fireworks presented by Securian Financial will be set to artists who have played at First Avenue.

Saturday, August 20 vs. Texas Rangers (6:10 ­­p.m.; gates open at 4:00 p.m.); Ron Gardenhire Twins Hall of Fame Induction presented by Coordinated Business Systems

  • Gate Giveaway presented by Coordinated Business Systems: Courtesy of Coordinated Business Systems, the first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive one of three varieties of Twins Hall of Fame Mystery Cap – each representing the hat worn during the on-field era of the Twins Hall of Fame Class of 2022.
  • Plaque Unveiling: Ron Gardenhire will join fans on Target Plaza at 4:15 p.m. as his Twins Hall of Fame plaque is officially unveiled.
  • Ron Gardenhire Twins Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Ron Gardenhire, who was the third base coach for the club’s 1991 World Series Championship and later led the team to six American League Central division titles as the second-winningest manager in Minnesota Twins history, will officially become the 35th member of the Twins Hall of Fame during a special pregame ceremony. The 2010 American League Manager of the Year will be joined on the field by his family and friends, along with his former coaches, fellow members of the Twins Hall of Fame and club dignitaries past and present. Dick Bremer will serve as emcee, while Twins Hall of Famer and his direct predecessor as Minnesota manager, Tom Kelly, will formally introduce “Gardy” as the next member of this prestigious group.

Sunday, August 21 vs. Texas Rangers (1:10 p.m.; gates open at 11:00 a.m.); Dan Gladden and César Tovar Twins Hall of Fame Inductions, presented by Coordinated Business Solutions

  • Gate Giveaway presented by Coordinated Business Systems: The first 5,000 fans will receive a Twins Hall of Fame Collectible Pin Set, courtesy of Coordinated Business Systems.
  • Kids Day presented by Gillette Children’s and Target: Kids’ meals are half price – just $4! Postgame, kids are welcome to live out some big-league dreams by running the bases on the field. Families can also enjoy all the fun of the Target Bullseye Fan Zone inside Gate 34.
  • Plaque Unveiling: Dan Gladden and members of César Tovar’s family will join fans on Target Plaza at 11:15 a.m. as their Twins Hall of Fame plaques are officially unveiled.
  • Dan Gladden and César Tovar Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies: Dan Gladden, who is in his 29th season with the Twins organization, including five as a two-time World Series-winning player and 20 as a full-time member of the club’s radio broadcast team; and the late César Tovar, who once played all nine positions in a game for the Twins and is in the top-15 on the club’s all-time list for stolen bases, triples, hits, at-bats, runs, doubles and games played, will officially become the 36th and 37th members of the Twins Hall of Fame, respectively, during special pregame ceremonies. Gladden, and Tovar’s children Nancy Jones, César Tovar and David Schneck, will be joined by family and friends, along with former teammates, fellow members of the Twins Hall of Fame, and club dignitaries past and present. Cory Provus will serve as emcee, while fellow Twins Hall of Famer Andy MacPhail will introduce Gladden.

Monday, August 22 vs. Texas Rangers (6:10 p.m.; gates open at 5:00 p.m.)

  • All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Night: In honor of the 30th anniversary of the seminal movie, and in recognition that ours is a game for everyone, the Twins will host their inaugural All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) Night. Fans who purchase this special theme night package receive a ticket to the game, along with an exclusive, AAGPBL three-quarter-sleeve t-shirt.
  • “Four Pack” presented by U.S Bank: U.S. Bank provides fans with all the items you need for a day or night at the ballpark – a U.S. Bank Home Run Porch View or Field Box ticket, along with a hot dog, Pepsi and chips.
  • Student Discount: The Twins’ popular student discount – $5 for any student – is available via mobile delivery; plus, students can download a free Metro Transit ride pass.
  • Military Discount presented by Jack Daniel’s and Bally Sports North: Active military members or veterans with a valid ID, plus up to three guests, receive half-price Diamond Box High or Home Plate View tickets. Available in advance at or day of game at the Target Field Ticket Office.

More on the Twins Hall of Fame and the Class of 2022:

Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons from 2002-14 and compiled a record of 1,068-1,039 (.507), marking the second-most wins in club history, trailing only fellow Twins Hall of Famer Tom Kelly (1,140-1,244, .478). Prior to becoming the skipper of the Twins, “Gardy” held the post of third base coach for 11 seasons, including during the team’s 1991 World Series Championship run. The Butzbach, Germany native managed the club to 90-plus 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.

Gladden has spent 28 seasons with the Twins organization in several capacities, including five as a player from 1987-91 and 22 as a radio broadcaster since 2000. The fiery leadoff hitter was a key member of the 1987 and 1991 World Series Championship teams and ranks first on the club’s all-time Postseason list in runs scored (17) and stolen bases (7) and is tied for first in games (24), while ranking second in hits (29), doubles (6) and RBI (15). He scored one of the most iconic runs in Twins history, the championship-winning tally in the bottom of the 10th inning in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series. The San Jose, California native hit .268 (661-for-2,470) with 117 doubles, 26 triples, 38 home runs, 238 RBI, 358 runs scored and 116 stolen bases in 644 career games with Minnesota. After his playing career, he joined the Twins radio broadcast team in 2000 and 2021 marked his 19th season as the full-time analyst. He is the fifth-longest tenured radio or television broadcaster in club history, behind Herb Carneal (46 seasons from 1961-2006), Dick Bremer (38 seasons from 1983-2021), Bert Blyleven (26 seasons from 1995-2020) and John Gordon (25 seasons from 1987-2011).

Tovar played eight seasons with the Twins from 1965-1972, hitting .281 (1164-for-4142) 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 September 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. Tovar played in six Postseason games with Minnesota from 1969-70, going 6-for-26 with one triple, one RBI, two runs scored, one walk and one stolen base.

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 Twins Hall of Fame membership is permanently displayed in the Hall of Fame Gallery on the United Healthcare Suite Level at Target Field, as well as on Target Plaza and in the Minor League Clubhouse at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida.