Shooter: Bert Blyleven, Jim Kaat are next in line for statues outside Target Field

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Baseball Hall of Fame Minnesota Twins Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew, Kirby Puckett and Tony Oliva have bronze statues outside Target Field. Expected next are fellow Hall of Famers Bert Blyleven and Jim Kaat.

It hasn’t been determined when Blyleven and Kaat statues will be erected, but internal discussions are underway.

Blyleven was inducted at baseball’s shrine in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 2011. Kaat and Oliva will be inducted on July 24. Oliva’s immense popularity and achievements warranted a statue in 2011 before the Hall of Fame made his long overdue election official.

Kaat and Oliva, both 83, are among 75 living Hall of Famers. Willie Mays, at 91, is the oldest living Hall of Famer.

Ex-Twin Joe Mauer, 39, becomes eligible for the first time for Hall of Fame voting in two years.


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