Twins Honor Area Native Winfield
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Hall of Fame-bound Dave Winfield was honored by the Minnesota Twins in a ceremony Saturday night before the team’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Winfield, a St. Paul native, played with the Twins in 1993-94 and got his 3,000th career hit on Sept. 16, 1993, at the Metrodome.
He will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in August with former teammate Kirby Puckett.
St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman declared Saturday Dave Winfield Day in the city. Puckett, fellow former Twins Paul Molitor and Jack Morris, and Hall of Fame president Dale Petroskey also participated in the ceremony.
``I’m truly honored by everything you’ve done for me today,″ said Winfield, who also played for the Yankees, Angels, Blue Jays, Indians and Padres. He’s decided to enter the Hall of Fame as a member of the Padres.
Winfield, who played at the University of Minnesota and was the 1973 College World Series MVP, was drafted by San Diego that year and went directly to the majors.
He finished his 22-year career with a .283 batting average, 465 home runs and 1,833 RBIs in 2,973 games. He also won seven Gold Gloves.
``It was the best job in the world,″ Winfield said. ``I didn’t even look at it as a job. It was something I loved.″
Winfield threw out the ceremonial first pitch to another Twins Hall of Famer, Harmon Killebrew.
The game’s start was delayed 40 minutes.