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Minnesota Twins Announcer John Gordon To Retire After This Season

It's a bit of a sad day in Twins-land, as the voice of the Twins has made the announcement that this will be his final season behind the microphone.

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John Gordon, who has been with the Twins since 1987 and has been in the booth for both of Minnesota's World Series championships, has announced that the 2011 season. . .his 25th behind the mic for Minnesota. . .will be his last one.

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"Gordo" had already previously announced that his schedule this year was going to be limited to 90 games. Ted Robinson and Bob Kurtz will each be returning to call 25 games each, and Kris Atteberry will be behind the mic for 45 games in a play-by-play and analyst role, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

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I, for one, will miss John Gordon quite a bit. My first job in high school was working at KQLX AM/FM in Lisbon, North Dakota, and a big part of that job was playing the commercials during Twins games. During that time frame, which came after the second World Series title, the job consisted of listening to some pretty awful Twins teams getting the stuffing beaten out of them on a nightly basis. But, somehow, Herb Carneal and John Gordon managed to make it seem not quite as bad. They were as entertaining a duo behind the microphones as I've ever listened to in any sport, and for myself and many other Twins fans, Gordo moving on will signal the end of an era.

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Enjoy the man this season, ladies and gentlemen.

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.