Twins will retire Hall of Famer Jim Kaat's No. 36 jersey this season

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It’s been rather a several-week stretch for Jim Kaat. Last month, he discovered he made the Baseball Hall of Fame by means of the Golden Days Era committee. Wednesday, the Twins revealed that they are going to retire his number, 36, at an event in his honor on July 16 this coming season. 

“For more than sixty years, Jim Kaat has been an important part of the fabric of the Minnesota Twins organization,” Twins owner Jim Pohlad stated in a declaration.

“With ‘Kitty’s’ storied career on the field as well as his accolades in the broadcast booth and his contributions in the community in mind, the Twins family is proud to bestow our highest honor with the retirement of his jersey — number 36. We are excited to celebrate his decades-long commitment to Twins Territory, as well as his much-deserved and long-awaited induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, this coming season.”

Kaat, 83, invested parts of 15 seasons with the Twins throughout his storied 25-year profession. He won 190 video games with the club, pitching to a 3.34 age with 1,851 strikeouts in over 3,000 innings with the club. 

Kaat is the all-time Twins (leaving out Senators) leader in wins, innings pitched and begins. He won 9 Gold Gloves and made 2 All-Star groups with the club. He remained in the rotation for the 1965 pennant-winning group and 1970 department winner. 

The Twins’ list of retired numbers will now check out: 

  • 3: Harmon Killebrew
  • 6: Tony Oliva
  • 7: Joe Mauer
  • 10: Tom Kelly
  • 14: Kent Hrbek
  • 28: Bert Blyleven
  • 29: Rod Carew
  • 34: Kirby Puckett
  • 36: Jim Kaat
  • 42: Jackie Robinson (he never ever bet the Twins; his number is retired for every single group)

Notable here is that Oliva made the Hall of Fame on the exact same vote as Kaat. 

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