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T.C. Bear is Target Field's new bronze statue

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - The Minnesota Twins revealed an eighth bronze statue on the 7th Street side of Target Plaza on Sunday, and it wasn't Tom Kelly. Actually, it's the first and likely only Twins personality that can hibernate.

The club revealed mascot T.C. Bear, who will join Rod Carew, Calvin Griffith, Carl and Eloise Pohlad, Tony Oliva, Kirby Puckett, Harmon Killebrew and Kent Hrbek, each already crafted in bronze. Of course, the ever-popular giant glove is still outside the gates for fans to photograph and enjoy.

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T.C. Bear, Kent Hrbek, Tony Oliva, Ron Gardenhire and fans helped reveal T.C.'s bronze self before the Twins faced the Houston Astros. Fans can grab a photo near Gate 29.

“T.C. has been a fan favorite ever since he was introduced at the Metrodome in 2000,” Joe Pohlad, Director of Twins Productions, said. “Since then, he has grown to become a significant part of the franchise and we’re proud to commemorate his contributions with this piece of public art that will forever live on Target Plaza.”

Some fans think a more decorated Twins hero deserves to be immortalized in bronze, while others argue plenty of kids come to the games strictly to see their beloved bear. What do you think? Sound off on our Facebook page.


The Minnesota Twins made another announcement on Sunday, singing free-agent first baseman and designated hitter Kendrys Morales to a one-year, prorated $12 million contract.

The Cuban native hit .277 with 23 home runs and 80 RBIs in 156 games with the Mariners last season. Morales has been in Miami waiting to be signed -- teams refrained because they'd have to give up a compensatory first-round pick, but because the Twins signed him after the MLB draft, they won't have to surrender a pick.

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