Before this past weekend becomes too “old news”, I wanted to take a moment to comment on the induction of Greg Gagne into the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame.
Here’s the thing: Gagne was solid defensively, did all the “little things” that the Twins organization values, and is the nicest guy you’ll ever chat with. He also played for both Twins world championship, 1987 and 1991.
The trouble is, Gagne was the epitome of an “average” ballplayer. His career batting average was .254 (over 15 seasons), and the highest he ever hit in a single season was .280 (and that was post-Twins with the KC Royals). He hit 111 career homers, stole 109 bases, yet (in one of the most bizarre stats that you’ll never see in today’s game) was actually caught stealing 96 times. His OPS in any given season never touched .750.
Thus, I can’t say that I agree whatsoever with the Twins’ inception of Gags into their HOF. I love to see him (and appreciate his contributions) at team reunions and get-togethers, but putting him in cohorts with names like Killebrew, Oliva, Carew, and Puckett really only cheapens that selection group.
However, I have only congratulations for Mr. Gagne now that the deed has been done. I’m sure it is a great thrill for him.
One other quick note: The Twins once again put on a great show last weekend with their 50th Anniversary Celebration. The 50 Greatest Twins ceremony was great, while the old-timers game provided a lot of laughs (Kent Hrbek’s divot, primarily) and good memories. Like Gene Washington taking his hacks with his new team (the Rangers) standing on the top step laughing their butts off…