By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com
John Gordon has been the voice of the Minnesota Twins for the past 24 seasons, but 2011 will be his final one in the booth.
Gordon, 70, will broadcast his 25th and final season in 2011, he told the Naples Daily News. The Twins radio voice since 1987, Gordon made his announcement on Tuesday morning while speaking to the Men’s Fellowship at Community Congregational Church in North Naples.
“It’s time,” Gordon told the newspaper. “I’ve had a wonderful career, but it’s time for me to move on to another phase of my life.”
It had already been announced that Gordon will be reducing his workload to 90 games for the 2011 season, after working 150 games this past season. He’ll still be joined by partner Dan Gladden to make up the Twins’ primary radio broadcast team. Ted Robinson and Bob Kurtz will also return and call 25 games each while Kris Atteberry will do about 45 games in a play-by-play and analyst role.
In addition to the 90 regular season games, Gordon is also expected to call around 15 Spring Training broadcasts as well.
Twins president Dave St. Peter said back in December when the broadcast changes were announced that Gordon had wanted to spend more time with his family outside of the booth and that was the reason for the reduced schedule. Now, Gordon will get set to enter what will be his 25th and final season as the voice of the Twins.
But Gordon told the Naples Daily News his hope is that his time with the Twins will end the same way it began –with him calling a World Series win.