Other Twins candidates for the Hall of Fame

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 22, 2011 - 6:30 AM

SAVOR IT

Twins fans should enjoy this induction, because it figures to be a while before another player will go in wearing a TC on his hat. Here's a look at leading Twins candidates:

TONY OLIVA

The right fielder failed to get more than 50 percent of BBWAA votes on any ballot during his 15 years of eligibility before his fate was turned over to the Veteran's Committee. Serious knee problems deprived him of the numbers needed. Argument for: A .304 career batting average, three AL batting titles. Argument against: His 1,917 hits.

JIM KAAT

The lefthander, like Oliva, has his fate in the hands of the Veteran's Committee. He failed to get more than 30 percent of the vote in any election during his 15 years of eligibility with the BBWAA. Argument for: 283 career victories, 16 Gold Gloves. Argument against: No Cy Young Awards, only three All-Star seasons.

JACK MORRIS

Morris will be on the BBWAA ballot for the 13th time this year after getting 53.5 percent of the vote last year. That's a lot of votes to make up, and if he makes it, he'll go in as a Detroit Tiger. Argument for: Won more games than anyone in the 1980s (162), Game 7 gem in 1991 World Series. Argument against: A 3.90 career ERA, no Cy Young Awards.

JOHAN SANTANA

The lefty looked like a future Hall of Famer when he went 55-19 and won two Cy Young Awards with the Twins between 2004 and 2006. But arm problems will likely doom his prospects. Argument for: Two Cy Young Awards. Argument against: Has only 133 victories at age 32.

JOE MAUER

He became the first AL catcher to win a batting title in 2006 and has added two since. His health will be key. Argument for: .326 batting average, more than 1,000 career hits at age 27. Argument against: His résumé needs more.

DENNIS BRACKIN

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