Twins cancel Knoblauch's Hall of Fame induction after assault arrest
JUL 24, 2014 3:42p ET
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins announced Thursday that they have canceled Chuck Knoblauch's induction into the 2014 Twins Hall of Fame.
The release from the team cites "recent news reports" as the main reason for the cancellation of the ceremony, which was scheduled to take place on Aug. 23 at Target Field. According to KHOU in Houston, Knoblauch was arrested Wednesday night and charged with assault of a family member after allegedly hitting his ex-wife, Cheri.
The 46-year-old Knoblauch had a similar incident take place in 2010, when he was sentenced to one year probation after he was convicted of hitting another ex-wife, Stacey Stelmach.
Twins president Dave St. Peter said he talked with Knoblauch twice on Thursday -- once when the team initially found out the news, and again to tell Knoblauch that they opted not to have the induction ceremony.
"He had been very much looking forward to his induction ceremony. He was very nervous about it," St. Peter said. "Today, I'd say he was doubly humbled and again apologetic and very accepting of whatever decision the ballclub was going to make.
"He told me that he was ultimately relieved, I think, that we had made the decision as quickly as we had."
Knoblauch spent his first seven seasons in the majors with the Minnesota Twins. He was a catalyst on the 1991 team that went on to win the World Series. During that 1991 season, he batted .281 with 25 stolen bases and 50 RBI en route to earning American League Rookie of the Year honors.
But his relationship with Twins fans soured near the end of his tenure in Minnesota when he requested to be traded. Knoblauch eventually got his wish when the Twins dealt him to the New York Yankees prior to the 1998 season. Knoblauch spent four years in New York and played one season with Kansas City before retiring in 2002.
St. Peter said the team has no plans to reschedule the ceremony. As of now, Knoblauch will not be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame, and St. Peter said that never "is a big word," but an induction appears unlikely at this point.
Knoblauch was the only former Twin inducted into the team's Hall of Fame this year, meaning 2014 will mark the first year since the Twins Hall of Fame was created in 2000 that there will be no one inducted. A panel of 62 members vote annually on additions to the Twins Hall of Fame.
One of those votes was St. Peter, who was admittedly disappointed in the news and the implications it has on the organization.
"I personally believe that his on-field play was very deserving of a spot in the Hall of Fame," St. Peter said. "I have a vote. I voted for Chuck. … At the end of the day, there's a lot of focus on on-field pieces, but to me the off-field elements are equally important relative to a franchise, its brand, and the reality that our players and former players are role models.
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