Front Office staff and other Twins staff
Sadly, 2017 reminded the team that waiting to honor those who may not have direct on field responsibilities could mean that those persons are not able to be honored while alive as two of the best people in the organization were lost in 2017. They’re among the four we’ll look at here.
Originally from Minnesota, Bremer graduated from St. Cloud State University in 1978. He broadcast his first Minnesota Twins game in 1983, and has been broadcasting the team ever since.
Bremer was honored in 2013 with induction to the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame, and he would be a more-than-worthy selection for the Twins Hall of Fame as well.
Known well by any member of the media that covered the Minnesota Twins, Margaret “Peg” Imhoff had the title as Press Box Ambassador, hired as the first in the position when the team was still at Metropolitan Stadium, and continuing to the Metrodome and Target Field.
She was known around the league for the way she treated everyone that covered games in Minnesota. She was 79 years old.
Terry Ryan was hired as the Minnesota Twins scouting director in 1986, moving his way up to Andy MacPhail’s right hand man until MacPhail left in 1994, when Ryan was chosen to take his place.
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Ryan was put into the position of having to trade off a number of veterans in 1995 and botched the signing of top draft pick Travis Lee in 1996, putting him on the bad side of Minnesota Twins fans early in his career.
However, Ryan unloaded more veterans over the next couple of seasons and got very good returns to build the teams that would eventually return the Twins to competitiveness in 2002.
Ryan stepped down after 2007, but he did return for the 2012 season as GM before being fired in 2016 with 17 1/2 seasons as the Minnesota Twins’ general manager.
On May 30th of 2017, the Twins organization lost Jim Wiesner who had been employed by the Minnesota Twins for 37 years as the clubhouse attendant and equipment manager. Wiesner absolutely loved the game and was a bright spot in the clubhouse for many years.
Certainly, the Minnesota Twins will not have to worry about years without any players elected, as they had in 2014 and 2015. It will be interesting to see who follows Johan Santana’s 2018 class in the 2019 class!