Reliever Guardado elected to Twins' Hall of Fame

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 25, 2013 - 2:57 PM
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Eddie Guardado pitched batting practice at Hammond Stadium in February 2012.

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"Every Day" Eddie is about to become "Forever Eddie" to the Twins.

Eddie Guardado, who pitched in more Twins games than any pitcher in history, has been elected to the team's Hall of Fame, the Twins announced Friday, and will be inducted on June 14.

The left-handed reliever, whose 116 saves rank third all-time in franchise history, was known as "Every Day Eddie" for his ability to pitch so frequently. Yet he'll be joined in the Twins Hall of Fame by someone whose longevity was even greater: Tom Mee, the Twins' first employee in Minnesota, who served for 30 years as the team's media-relations director.

Guardado was elected by a 56-member committee of media members, club officials and past inductees

Former Twins second baseman Chuck Knoblaugh was runner-up, followed by Cesar Tovar and Dan Gladden.

Mee was elected by an 18-member Veterans Committee, which includes all living Hall of Famers, Twins officials, and local baseball historians.

Guardado played 17 seasons in the major leagues, 12 of them with the Twins, and appeared in 648 games for Minnesota. The two-time All-Star led the American League with 45 saves in 2002, a club record that stood until Joe Nathan recorded 47 saves in 2009.

Mee, a St. Paul native who worked for the Twins from their first game in Minnesota in 1961, served as the team's public-address announcer, radio and TV broadcaster and official scorer over the years, among other responsibilities. He received the Herb Carneal Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

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