La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Mariners to honor Killebrew tonight

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III under Off the field Updated: May 17, 2011 - 3:03 PM

 

Programming note from MLB Radio:

``Tonight at (7 p.m.) on XM 179, before the Minnesota Twins & Seattle Mariners game,  SiriusXM will re-broadcast Baseball Confidential: Harmon Killebrew.  Recorded at the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009, hear Killebrew’s reflections on his Hall of Fame life and career. ''

Message from the Seattle Mariners about tonight's game:

``The Mariners want you to be aware that we will be saluting Harmon Killebrew tonight.  First, the flag will be at half-staff.  Second, there will be a moment of silence just prior to the national anthem.  Third, at the end of the first inning, there will be an in-park video tribute to Mr. Killebrew.

``In addition, at the end of the fourth inning, we will introduce Bert Blyleven in the park and congratulate him on his election to Baseball’s Hall of Fame.''

Hall of Famer Paul Molitor

Paul Molitor and his wife, Destiny,flew out to Arizona on Friday and visited with Harmon for a little while on Friday and Saturday.

``I just wanted to make sure  he knew that I appreciated having him to look up to as a kid and have his friendship the past several decades. It was great to have a conversation with him.''
 

Twins president Dave St.Peter:

“No individual has ever meant more to the Minnesota Twins organization and millions of fans across Twins Territory than Harmon Killebrew. Harmon will long be remembered as one of the most prolific home run hitters in the history of the game and the leader of a group of players who helped lay the foundation for the long-term success of the Twins franchise and Major League Baseball in the Upper Midwest. However, more importantly Harmon’s legacy will be the class, dignity and humility he demonstrated each and every day as a Hall of Fame-quality husband, father, friend, teammate and man. The Twins extend heartfelt sympathies and prayers to the Killebrew family at this difficult time.”

Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

“Harmon Killebrew personified Hall of Fame excellence in every aspect of his dynamic life. He will forever be remembered for his 573 career home runs and as the 1969 American League Most Valuable Player, and as one of the greatest hitters of his era. Since joining the Hall of Fame family in 1984, Harmon was a beacon of light among his fellow Hall of Famers, always smiling, always enjoying every moment that life delivered at his doorstep. We have so many fond memories of this wonderful baseball hero, and we will miss him enormously.”


Jeff Idelson, Hall of Fame president.

“Harmon was a Hall of Famer on and off the field.  He was baseball's version of Paul Bunyan, with his prodigious home run power, leading by example in the clubhouse and on the field. Off the field, he emanated class, dignity, and warmth, and he was a great humanitarian. He was so down-to-earth, you would never realize he was a baseball legend. It’s ironic that his nickname was ‘Killer,’ as he was one of the nicest, most generous individuals to ever walk the earth.”


 

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