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2018 NFL Draft order: Browns pick 1 & 4, Bengals select 12th

2018 NFL DRAFT FIRST ROUND ORDER

Following is the 2018 NFL Draft first round order. The first round will start on Thursday, April 26 in Arlington, Texas with the second and third rounds on Friday, April 27 followed by rounds four through seven on Saturday, April 28.

2018 FIRST ROUND DRAFT ORDER

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Team Win Loss Tie Winning Percentage Opp Win Opp Loss Opp Tie Strength of Schedule
1. Cleveland Browns 0 16 0 .000 133 123 0 .520
                   
2. New York Giants 3 13 0 .188 136 120 0 .531
   
3. Indianapolis Colts 4 12 0 .250 123 133 0 .480
4. Houston Texans

(traded to Cleveland)

4 12 0 .250 132 124 0 .516
                   
5. Denver Broncos 5 11 0 .313 126 130 0 .492
6. New York Jets 5 11 0 .313 133 123 0 .520
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 11 0 .313 142 114 0 .555
8. Chicago Bears 5 11 0 .313 143 113 0 .559
                   
9. Oakland Raiders^ 6 10 0 .375 131 125 0 .512
  San Francisco 49ers^ 6 10 0 .375 131 125 0 .512
11. Miami Dolphins 6 10 0 .375 139 117 0 .543
                   
12. Cincinnati Bengals 7 9 0 .438 119 137 0 .465
13. Washington Redskins 7 9 0 .438 138 118 0 .539
14. Green Bay Packers 7 9 0 .438 138 118 0 .539
                   
15. Arizona Cardinals 8 8 0 .500 125 131 0 .488
   
16. Baltimore Ravens 9 7 0 .563 113 143 0 .441
17. Los Angeles Chargers 9 7 0 .563 117 139 0 .457
18. Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 .563 126 130 0 .492
19. Dallas Cowboys 9 7 0 .563 127 129 0 .496
20. Detroit Lions 9 7 0 .563 127 129 0 .496
                   
21. Buffalo Bills 9 7 0 .563 126 130 0 .492
                   
22. Kansas City Chiefs

(traded to Buffalo)

10 6 0 .625 122 134 0 .477
                   
23. Los Angeles Rams 11 5 0 .688 129 127 0 .504
24. Carolina Panthers 11 5 0 .688 138 118 0 .539
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25. Tennessee Titans 9 7 0 .563 111 145 0 .434
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26. Atlanta Falcons 10 6 0 .625 139 117 0 .543
                   
27. New Orleans Saints 11 5 0 .688 137 119 0 .535
                   
28. Pittsburgh Steelers 13 3 0 .813 116 140 0 .453
                   
29. Jacksonville Jaguars 10 6 0 .625 111 145 0 .434
                   
30. Minnesota Vikings 13 3 0 .813 126 130 0 .492
                   
31. New England Patriots 13 3 0 .813 124 132 0 .484
                   
32. Philadelphia Eagles 13 3 0 .813 118 138 0 .461

 

^- The ninth and 10th selections will be decided by coin flip

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

Plenty of free fan opportunities awaiting crowds at 2018 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis

Lucas Oil Stadium field 2008 photo By Josh Hallett from Winter Haven, FL, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

When the 2018 Scouting Combine returns to Indianapolis, the NFL will bring free experiences to fans, including an inside look at top prospects, access to press conferences with NFL prospects, and autograph sessions with NFL Legends.

As part of the free NFL COMBINE EXPERIENCE – taking place in the Indiana Convention Center from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM on March 1-3 and 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM on March 4 – fans can be a part of the action and will have the opportunity to:

  • Watch top Combine prospects participate live in the BENCH PRESS.
  • Access the MEDIA CENTER to view press conferences and interviews.
  • View NFL TALKS: COMBINE EDITION panel discussions featuring special guests.
  • Participate in photo opportunities with the VINCE LOMBARDI TROPHY and Super Bowl rings.
  • Visit the official NFL DRAFT SET and stand at the podium with the #1 jersey.
  • Receive free autographs from NFL Legends at the COMBINE EXPERIENCE AUTOGRAPH STAGE PRESENTED BY PANINI.
  • Shop for favorite NFL and 2018 NFL Scouting Combine gear at the NFL SHOP.

In order to attend the NFL Combine Experience, fans are required to register for Fan Mobile Pass at NFL.com/CombineFMP. Fans are also encouraged to check into events with Fan Mobile Pass for the chance to win autographed memorabilia, NFL game tickets, and more. Additional information is available at NFL.com/CombineExperience.

This year, more fans than ever before can watch top NFL prospects compete live from inside Lucas Oil Stadium. Fans participating in the NFL COMBINE: INSIDE LOOK can watch skills and drills just like NFL coaches and general managers. Attendees will receive in-ear radios with access to the NFL Network broadcast, as well as exclusive insight from NFL Legends and Combine staff. Free tickets can be requested via Fan Mobile Pass at NFL.com/CombineFMP.

  • Friday, March 2: 12:00 PM – Offensive Line, Running Backs
  • Saturday, March 3:
    • 8:00 AM – Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, Tight Ends
    • 10:30 AM – Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, Tight Ends
  • Sunday, March 4: 10:00 AM – Defensive Line, Linebackers

The Combine will be televised by NFL Network and can be streamed live on smartphones and various connected devices through the NFL App; on tablets through the NFL, Watch NFL Network and NFL on Windows 10 apps; and on desktops and laptops at NFL.com/watch with participating television providers. For more information, go to nfl.com/watch.

Audio programming will also be carried by SiriusXM NFL Radio and TuneIn app. For the full schedule and all the ways to watch the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, go to: NFL.com/WatchCombine.

For the most up-to-date information, fans may visit NFL.com/Combine and follow @NFL on Twitter.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Kamran Mumtaz, National Football League; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

NFL to offer free ticket lottery to fans for 2018 NFL Draft in Dallas

AT&T Stadium in Arlington, home of the Dallas Cowboys 2010 photo By Rondo Estrello - originally posted to Flickr as NBA All-Star Game 2010, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

More Fans Than Ever Can Watch Event In-Person

Largest Free Football Festival in League History

The free ticket lottery for the 2018 NFL Draft, taking place in Dallas from April 26 to April 28, opens today. This year will mark the first time that the event is hosted at an NFL stadium, creating opportunities to accommodate the most fans in history.

By visiting NFL.com/FanMobilePass, fans can register for an opportunity to win free tickets for themselves and a guest to access seating inside of AT&T Stadium in Arlington, home of the Dallas Cowboys, to watch the event live.

The 2018 NFL Draft site will also encompass the outdoor plazas, creating a larger than life atmosphere. This includes the free NFL Draft Experience presented by Dannon® Oikos® Triple Zero, which will take over the area directly outside the stadium. It will be the largest free festival ever created by the League, spanning the size of 26 football fields and featuring immersive experiences, virtual reality, player appearances, and more.

Fan Mobile Pass also provides fans attending the NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero with the chance to receive standby theater tickets – as seats become available – by checking-in on Thursday for Round 1, Friday for Rounds 2-3, and Saturday for Rounds 4-7.

The NFL Draft has grown into one of the biggest sporting events of the year. A record-breaking 250,000 fans attended the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia, along with more than 1,800 accredited media who covered it. In total, the event generated more than $94 million in economic impact for the city, surpassing initial projections and supporting an estimated 30,000 local jobs.

Round 1 of the 2017 NFL Draft – which was broadcast live on ESPN and NFL Network – was the most-watched cable program of the week and the most-watched sports event of the week on both broadcast and cable networks. During its three days, Draft programming claimed five out of the top 10 spots among sports events, including the #1 spot.

Important Dates for Fans:

  • February 20: Fans may now register for Fan Mobile Pass at NFL.com/FanMobilePass. By registering, fans will have access to NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero, as well as the chance to win a free ticket for themselves and a guest to access seating inside the NFL Draft Theater.
  • March 14: Until Wednesday, March 14 at 11:59 PM ET, fans may register for Fan Mobile Pass to be eligible for free seated tickets inside the NFL Draft Theater. After March 14, registration remains open for NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero, also giving fans a chance to win standby theater tickets.
  • Late March: Fans randomly selected for seated tickets will receive an e-mail notifying them of the date (one of three days) and instructions for confirming attendance.
  • April 26 to April 28: The NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero opens for fans of all ages and teams. Through Fan Mobile Pass, fans attending this free football festival will have the chance to receive stand-by tickets for seats inside the NFL Draft Theater.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Kamran Mumtaz, National Football League; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

NFL Media to offer plenty of coverage for 2018 NFL Scouting Combine

 

 

Lucas Oil Stadium form above 2016 photo By tpsdave - indianapolis-1872530, CC0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

​​Live Coverage of 2018 NFL Scouting Combine On-Field Drills Begins Friday, March 2 at 9:00 AM ET​

Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen Joins Live Combine Coverage on Saturday, March 3

52 Hours of Live Combine Week Coverage

NFL Network Coverage of Combine Press Conferences Wednesday, February 28 & Thursday, March 1 at 1:00 PM ET

For the 14th year, NFL Media provides exclusive multi-platform coverage of the NFL Scouting Combine from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Beginning Wednesday, February 28, NFL Media provides 52 hours of live Combine week coverage, offering the first look at the compelling 2018 NFL Draft class, highlighted by top quarterbacks Sam DarnoldJosh Rosen and Josh Allen, Heisman Trophy winners Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson, electrifying running back Saquon Barkley, and more.

Exclusive live coverage of 2018 NFL Scouting Combine on-field drills begins Friday, March 2 with the running backsoffensive linemen and special teams, and continues with the quarterbackswide receivers and tight ends on Saturday, March 3, the defensive linemen and linebackers on Sunday, March 4, and the defensive backs on Monday, March 5. Coverage of workouts begins each day at 9:00 AM ET on NFL Network and NFL.com.

NFL Media features a 23-man roster of talent to cover the Combine, including NFL Draft experts Mike MayockCharles Davis and Daniel JeremiahRich Eisen anchors NFL Network’s coverage of the on-field workouts, joined by Mayock and NFL Network’s team of analysts. Expert commentary includes LaDainian Tomlinson on running backs (Friday), Shaun O’Hara on offensive linemen (Friday), David Carr on quarterbacks (Saturday), Michael Irvin and Steve Smith Sr. on wide receivers (Saturday), Willie McGinest on defensive linemen and linebackers (Sunday), and Deion Sanders on defensive backs (Monday). For the third consecutive year, Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen joins NFL Network’s live coverage of on-field drills on Saturday, March 3.

Additional coverage throughout the week on NFL Network is provided by Melissa Stark and Steve Mariucci interviewing a variety of coaches and general managers, as well as NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network reporter Kimberly Jones providing the latest news reports from around the league.

Audio programming will also be carried by SiriusXM NFL Radio and TuneIn app. For the full schedule and all the ways to watch the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, go to NFL.com/WatchCombine.

NFL Network provides live coverage of Combine press conferences from Indianapolis on Wednesday, February 28 and Thursday, March 1 beginning each day at 1:00 PM ET and hosted by Andrew Siciliano. Additionally, beginning on Monday, February 26 and continuing through Thursday, March 1NFL Total Access airs live two hours each day, starting at 7:00 PM ET. Each day, Good Morning Football airs at 7:00 AM ET with Kay AdamsNate BurlesonPeter Schrager and Kyle Brandt.

For the 14th year, the Combine will conclude with Rich Eisen’s annual 40-yard dash in his trademark suit and cleats. At the close of the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, Eisen will run the 40, and like last year ‘Run Rich Run’ will benefit the NFL PLAY 60 relationship with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Since 2012, NFL PLAY 60 has been the ‘Official Champion of Play’ at St. Jude, helping to give all kids the chance to play.

NFL Network will donate $25,000 to the cause. Fans can show their support, while demonstrating their own athleticism by submitting videos of themselves running the 40-yard dash. Along with their submissions, fans are encouraged to donate money to help support the lifesaving mission and ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

To kick off ‘Run Rich Run’ fundraising, AT&T AUDIENCE Network, Courtyard by Marriott and Under Armour have also pledged $25,000 to help support play therapy at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As the Official Champion of Play at St. Jude, NFL PLAY 60 has pledged to support the needs of its Child Life program, which helps children cope with the stress of their illness through therapeutic play and other activities, promoting development, self-expression and peer interaction among other benefits. Child Life is an integral part of the medical team at St. Jude and is visible in every clinical arena from patient care to program development.

To submit videos running the 40 and to support NFL PLAY 60′s collaboration along with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, fans can visit NFL.com/RunRichRun.

Fans can also submit ‘Run Rich Run’ videos via YouTube, Twitter and Instagram using the following hashtags: #RunRichRun #StJude.

Last year, posted a time of 6.02 seconds in the 40-yard dash. All of Eisen’s 40-yard dash times are provided below:

Year Seconds

2017    6.02

2016   5.94

2015   6.10

2014   5.98

2013   6.03

2012   6.03

2011   6.18

2010   6.21

2009   6.34

2008   6.34

2007   6.43

2006   6.22

2005   6.77

NFL Network’s coverage of the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine features the following technological enhancements:

  • Simulcam Camera Technology: For the 10th year at the Combine, the Simulcam provides an unparalleled, in-depth comparison and analysis of the position, style, speed and trajectory of competitors through the use of background recognition and camera-matching technology. Simulcam will be a key contributor to NFL Network’s 40-yard dash coverage. Returning this year, NFL Network’s Simulcam technology during 40-yard dash coverage will feature on-screen identifiers to better identify runners from either current or previous years
  • NFLN-Focus Camera Technology: A high-speed camera that allows moving targets to stay in the camera frame longer, highlighting the smallest details. It will have a tremendous presence in coverage of the 40-yard dash, both at the start and finish line, and will also be used in other events including the vertical and broad jumps, three-cone and position drills
  • Cablecam Technology: The Cablecam returns to offer a unique overhead view which gives viewers a new way of following each drill and a more intimate feeling that they are present in Indianapolis

Live NFL Network coverage of the 2018 NFL Combine is available across devices (smartphone, PC, tablet and connected TVs) through the NFL app or NFL.com/watch for subscribers of participating NFL Network providers.

In addition to NFL Network’s coverage of the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, fans can follow all of the action from Indianapolis digitally via the following:

  • NFL Now Live NFL Media presents NFL Now Live Friday, March 2 – Monday, March 5 streaming live on NFL.com, the NFL app and Yahoo.com at 9:00 AM ET and providing complete and comprehensive coverage of the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine. Host Matt “Money” Smith, is joined by NFL Media analysts Bucky Brooks and Lance Zierlein to provide key analysis of the prospects throughout the on-field drills, as well to discuss NFL team needs and best player fits for the 2018 NFL Draft, Combine participant/pro player comparisons and Mock Drafts. NFL Now Livealso features interviews with head coaches and general managers as they evaluate the prospects for the upcoming draft. On the field, Maurice Jones-Drew provides commentary and analysis throughout the Combine along with James Palmer, while Colleen Wolfe provides interviews with Combine participants and monitors all of the social media activity surrounding the event
  • Social Media Coverage: NFL Media provides extensive coverage of the Combine on various social media channels, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Twitter amplify highlights of the top moments from Indianapolis, on-the-ground original social content capturing the top athletic achievements distributed across social networks, and delivery of original social content to all 32 NFL clubs. For the first time, the NFL will be coordinating with some of the top college football programs to share, create and amplify social content from Indianapolis

 

NFL Media 2018 NFL Scouting Combine Talent

Bucky Brooks                         Analyst

David Carr                              Analyst

Charles Davis                         Analyst

Rich Eisen                               Host

Michael Irvin                           Analyst

Daniel Jeremiah                     Analyst

Kimberly Jones                       Reporter

Maurice Jones-Drew              Analyst

Steve Mariucci                        Analyst

Mike Mayock                          Analyst

Willie McGinest                       Analyst

Shaun O’Hara                         Analyst

James Palmer                         Reporter

Ian Rapoport                           NFL Network Insider

Deion Sanders                        Analyst

Peter Schrager                       Host

Andrew Siciliano                     Host

Melissa Stark                          Host

Matt “Money” Smith                Host

Steve Smith Sr.                       Analyst

LaDainian Tomlinson              Analyst

Colleen Wolfe                         Host

Lance Zierlein                         Analyst

Following is the NFL Network day-by-day Combine coverage schedule (all times listed in ET):

Monday, February 26

7:00 AM – Good Morning Football – LIVE

10:00 AM – Good Morning Football – Re-Air

1:00 PM – Elite 11 – Episode 1

1:30 PM – Elite 11 – Episode 2

2:00 PM – Elite 11 – Episode 3

2:30 PM – Elite 11 – Episode 4

3:00 PM – Elite 11 – Episode 5

3:30 PM – Elite 11 – Episode 6

4:00 PM – NFL Up to the Minute – LIVE

5:00 PM – 2017 NFL Scouting Combine – Defensive Backs

7:00 PM – NFL Total Access – LIVE

9:00 PM – Breaking Ground: A Story of HBCU Football and the NFL

10:00 PM – A Football Life: Jerry Rice

11:00 PM – NFL Total Access – Re-Air

1:00 AM – 2017 NFL Scouting Combine – Defensive Backs

 

Tuesday, February 27

7:00 AM – Good Morning Football – LIVE

10:00 AM – Good Morning Football – Re-Air

1:00 PM – 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl

4:00 PM – NFL Up to the Minute – LIVE

5:00 PM – 2017 NFL Scouting Combine – Defensive Linemen & Linebackers

7:00 PM – NFL Total Access – LIVE

9:00 PM – A Football Life: Jim Kelly

10:00 PM – A Football Life: Ken Stabler

11:00 PM – NFL Total Access – Re-Air

1:00 AM – 2017 NFL Scouting Combine – Defensive Linemen & Linebackers

 

Wednesday, February 28

7:00 AM – Good Morning Football – LIVE

10:00 AM – Good Morning Football – Re-Air

1:00 PM – Combine Press Conferences LIVE

5:00 PM – 2017 NFL Scouting Combine – Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers & Tight Ends

7:00 PM – NFL Total Access – LIVE

9:00 PM – A Football Life: Larry Fitzgerald

10:00 PM – A Football Life: Bruce Arians

11:00 PM – NFL Total Access – Re-Air

1:00 AM – 2017 NFL Scouting Combine – Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers & Tight Ends

 

Thursday, March 1

7:00 AM – Good Morning Football – LIVE

10:00 AM – Good Morning Football – Re-Air

1:00 PM – Combine Press Conferences LIVE

5:00 PM – 2017 NFL Scouting Combine – Running Backs, Offensive Linemen & Special Teams

7:00 PM – NFL Total Access – LIVE

9:00 PM – A Football Life: Brett Favre

10:00 PM – A Football Life: Doug Flutie

11:00 PM – NFL Total Access – Re-Air

1:00 AM – 2017 NFL Scouting Combine – Running Backs, Offensive Linemen & Special Teams

Friday, March 2

7:00 AM – Good Morning Football – LIVE

9:00 AM – 2018 NFL Scouting Combine – Running Backs, Offensive Linemen & Special Teams – LIVE

  • 3-hour edition airs at 4:00 PM, 8:00 PM & 12 Midnight ET

7:00 PM – NFL Total Access – LIVE

  • Encores at 11:00 PM ET


Saturday, March 3

9:00 AM – 2018 NFL Scouting Combine – Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers & Tight Ends – LIVE

  • 3-hour edition airs at 4:00 PM, 8:00 PM & 12 Midnight ET

7:00 PM – NFL Total Access – LIVE

  • Encores at 11:00 PM ET


Sunday, March 4

9:00 AM – 2018 NFL Scouting Combine – Defensive Linemen & Linebackers – LIVE

  • 3-hour edition airs at 4:00 PM, 8:00 PM & 12 Midnight ET

7:00 PM – NFL Total Access – LIVE

  • Encores at 11:00 PM ET


Monday, March 5

7:00 AM – Good Morning Football – LIVE

9:00 AM – 2018 NFL Scouting Combine – Defensive Backs – LIVE

  • Complete re-air at 2:00 PM ET & 3-hour edition at 8:00 PM & 12 Midnight ET

7:00 PM – NFL Total Access – LIVE

  • Encores at 11:00 PM ET


ABOUT NFL MEDIA

NFL Media is comprised of NFL Network, NFL Films, NFL.com, the NFL app and NFL RedZone.

Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, fans turn to NFL Network to receive information and insight straight from the field, team headquarters, league offices and everywhere the NFL is making news. Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including the Super Bowl, Playoffs, regular season, preseason, Pro Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Senior Bowl, league meetings, minicamps and training camps.

For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming can also be streamed live on smartphones through the NFL app, as well as other digital platforms through Watch NFL Network on tablet (Watch NFL Network and NFL on Windows 10 apps), PC (NFL.com/watch), Xbox One and Xbox 360 (NFL on Xbox app) and other connected TV devices (NFL app on Apple TV, PlayStation 4, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV). Watch NFL Network access is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers. For more information, go to NFL.com/nflnetwork.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL MEDIA, NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

Lefty Johan Santana to be 2018 inductee into Twins Hall of Fame

Johan Santana pitching for Twins in 2006 By User Lordcolus, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

The Minnesota Twins announced this winter that former Twins left-handed pitcher Johan Santana has been elected to the club’s Hall of Fame. Santana will become the 31st member of the Twins Hall of Fame when he is inducted during an on-field pre-game ceremony scheduled for Saturday, August 4 when the Twins host the Kansas City Royals at Target Field.

The Twins Hall of Fame, which honors players, managers, coaches and off-field personnel who have contributed to the organization’s growth and success since Minnesota broke into the major leagues in 1961, was created as part of the club’s 40th Season Celebration in 2000. The inaugural class of Twins Hall of Famers-Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew, Tony Oliva, Kent Hrbek, Kirby Puckettand Calvin Griffith- inducted on August 12, 2000. Other inductees include: pitcher Jim Kaat (2001), broadcaster Herb Carneal (2001),pitcher Bert Blyleven (2002), manager Tom Kelly (2002), long-time public address announcer Bob Casey (2003), outfielder Bob Allison(2003), catcher Earl Battey (2004), pitcher Frank Viola (2005), owner Carl Pohlad (2005), shortstop Zoilo Versalles (2006), third basemanGary Gaetti (2007), farm director Jim Rantz (2007), pitcher Rick Aguilera (2008), pitcher Brad Radke (2009), farm and scouting directorGeorge Brophy (2009), shortstop Greg Gagne (2010), pitcher Jim Perry (2011), pitcher Camilo Pascual (2012), pitcher Eddie Guardado(2013) and director of media relations Tom Mee (2013), second baseman Chuck Knoblauch was elected in 2014 but not inducted, outfielderTorii Hunter (2016) and radio broadcaster John Gordon (2016), and outfielder Michael Cuddyer (2017) and former general manager Andy MacPhail (2017).

“The Minnesota Twins are thrilled with the election of Johan Santana to the Twins Hall of Fame,” Twins President and CEO Dave St. Peter said. “Johan’s brilliant career – defined by two Cy Young Awards, his devastating change-up and incredible athleticism – make him one of the greatest pitchers of his generation. He’s richly deserving of this special honor.”

Santana played 12 seasons in the major leagues, including eight with the Twins from 2000-07. He finished his Twins career going 93-44 with six complete games and four shutouts while posting a 3.22 ERA (1308.2 IP, 468 ER), 364 walks and 1,381 strikeouts. The two-time American League Cy Young Award winner (2004 & 2006) had five straight seasons with at least 12 wins from 2003 to 2008 including a career-best 20 wins in 2004 and an AL-leading 19 wins in 2006. On August 19, 2007, Santana set a Twins record with 17 strikeouts in 8.0 innings against the Rangers, a record still active today. A native of Tovar, Venezuela, Santana was selected by the Twins in the 1999 Rule 5 Draft and ranks fourth in Twins history in strikeouts, second in ERA (min. 1300 IP), seventh in wins and innings pitched, and ninth in starts. The 38-year-old was named to three AL All-Star teams with the Twins and won the AL Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2007.

Santana was elected by a 67-member committee consisting of local and national media, club officials, fans and past elected members, using rules similar to those necessary for election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. The 67-member committee annually considers “player” personnel for induction into the Twins Hall of Fame.

The Twins Hall of Fame membership is permanently displayed in the Hall of Fame Gallery on the Target Field Suite Level as well as on Target Plaza and in the Minor League Clubhouse at the CenturyLink Sports Complex in Ft. Myers, FL.

Read more: Minnesota Twins
PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY TWINS MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

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