Guardado played 17 years in the major leagues, including 12 seasons with the Twins from 1993-2003 and was traded back to the Twins in 2008. "Every Day Eddie" is the Twins all-time leader in games, appearing in 648 throughout his career, recording at least 60 appearances in eight different seasons. The two-time All-Star became the club's closer from 2001-03 and helped lead the club to two division titles. He led the AL with 45 saves in 2002, while his 116 career saves as a Twin rank third-most in club history. His 83 games in 1996 and 45 saves in 2002 both rank second on the Twins all-time single season lists. He is one of just three pitchers in Twins history to record 40-plus saves in consecutive season, having done it in 2002 (45) and 2003 (41). Additionally, he is the Twins all-time leader in innings (579.0) for a reliever, and ranks second among Twins relievers in strikeouts (550) and wins (34). The Stockton, California native was drafted by the Twins in the 21st round of the 1990 First-Year Player Draft and spent parts of his major league career with Seattle, Cincinnati and Texas. The left-hander was named one of the "50 Greatest Twins" in 2010.
Guardado was elected by a 56-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, N.Y. The 56-member committee annually considers "player" personnel for induction into the Twins Hall of Fame. Guardado was the top vote getter, followed by Chuck Knoblauch, Cesar Tovar and Dan Gladden.
Mee began his career in 1957 and was witness to the Twins' first baseball game in 1961. Widely regarded as the organization's first employee, Mee had many roles within the organization, including serving as the club's backup radio and television announcer and public address speaker. He was most well-known for his role as Director of Media Relations, a position he held for 30 years. The St. Paul native received the Robert O. Fischel award for Public Relations excellence in 1988 before retiring in 1991. He was the second ever recipient of the Herb Carneal Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Mee, who also served as the official scorer after retirement, dedicated his life to baseball in Minnesota and is vastly responsible for the Twins' rich history. The Tom Mee Library, which is located in the Baseball Communications office at Target Field, is named in his honor.
Mee was elected through the Veterans Committee ballot, which consists of 18 voters; voting participants include all living Twins Hall of Famers, current Twins President and General Manger and two Minnesota Baseball historians. The 18-member committee votes every other year on "non-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.
Single-game tickets to the Twins Hall of Fame induction game and ALL Twins home games go on-sale February 16 and will be available online at www.twinsbaseball.com or by calling (612) 33-TWINS or (800) 33-TWINS. Starting that day tickets can also be purchased over-the-counter at the Twins' Target Field box office located at 290 Seventh Street North.