Twins announce 2021 schedule

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Twins today announced their preliminary schedule for the 2021 Major League Baseball regular season, a return to the standard 162-game slate.   For the first time ever, the Twins will begin a season with Interleague play, as Opening Day on April 1 takes Minnesota to Miller Park for a game against Milwaukee. That contest will start a six-game, two-city road trip against the Brewers (April 1-4) and Detroit Tigers (April 5-7). The Twins will then host Seattle at Target Field for the home opener on April 8, part of a seven-game homestand vs. the … Continue reading Twins announce 2021 schedule

Twins schedule released; opener vs White Sox July 24 in Chicago

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Twins tonight announced their revised schedule for the 2020 Major League Baseball regular season, as the club’s 60th campaign in Twins Territory features a 60-game slate to be played over 66 days between July 24 and September 27. All 60 games will be televised, with 58 broadcast on FOX Sports North and two on FOX National. Additionally, all 60 games will be aired on radio via the Treasure Island Baseball Network, while 20 contests will feature a Spanish language broadcast available on twinsbeisbol.com and the Secondary Audio Program (SAP) option on FOX Sports North. … Continue reading Twins schedule released; opener vs White Sox July 24 in Chicago

Twins remove statue of Calvin Griffith

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Twins today released the following statement regarding the removal of the Calvin Griffith statue at Target Field: “When we opened Target Field in 2010 in conjunction with our 50th season in Minnesota, we were excited and proud to welcome fans to our ‘forever ballpark.’ As such, we wanted to pay permanent tribute to those figures and moments that helped shape the first half-century of Minnesota Twins baseball – including a statue of Calvin Griffith, our former owner and the man responsible for moving the franchise here in 1961. “While we acknowledge the prominent role … Continue reading Twins remove statue of Calvin Griffith

Twins draft UNC 1st baseman Aaron Sabato

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota Twins announced tonight that they have selected infielder Aaron Sabato from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with the 27th overall selection in the first round of the 2020 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound first baseman set a North Carolina freshman record for home runs in a season with 18 in 2019 (the eighth-most ever by any UNC player). Sabato also led the team in batting average (.343), hits (79), doubles (25), RBI (63) and slugging percentage (.696), while posting an OPS of 1.149. He had 44 extra-base … Continue reading Twins draft UNC 1st baseman Aaron Sabato

Little League World Series canceled

For the first time in its history, Little League International has canceled the Little League World Series and all regional qualifying tournaments.  Little League has vowed to have the tournament return in 2021 and will commit approximately $1.2 million dollars in support to local leagues. Here is the release from Little League: After a thorough assessment of the impact the devastating COVID-19 pandemic has had on 6,500 community-based Little League® programs in 84 countries and based upon the direction of governmental and public health authorities, and in consultation with medical professionals and our Board of Directors, Little League International has made … Continue reading Little League World Series canceled

Twins make it official, close deal with Dodgers for Maeda

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have acquired right-handed pitcher Kenta Maeda, catcher Jair Camargoand cash considerations from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for right-handed pitcher Brusdar Graterol, outfielder Luke Raley and a Competitive Balance B Pick in the 2020 First-Year Player Draft. Maeda, 31, appeared in 37 games (26 starts) for the Dodgers last season, going 10-8 with a 4.04 ERA (153.2 IP, 69 ER), 51 walks, 169 strikeouts, a .202 opponent batting average and a 1.07 WHIP. Since his debut in 2016 through last season, Maeda ranked fifth among qualifying National League … Continue reading Twins make it official, close deal with Dodgers for Maeda

Twins sign pitchers Homer Bailey and Rich Hill

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have signed both right-handed pitcher Homer Bailey and left-handed pitcher Rich Hill to one-year contracts for the 2020 season. Bailey, 33, made 31 starts between the Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics last season, combining to go 13-9 with a 4.57 ERA (163.1 IP, 83 ER), 53 walks, 149 strikeouts, an opponent batting average of .256 and a WHIP of 1.32. He signed with the Royals on a minor league contract with an invite to spring training last off-season, making 18 starts for Kansas City prior to being traded … Continue reading Twins sign pitchers Homer Bailey and Rich Hill

Twins’ Nelson Cruz wins Edgar Martinez Award

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota Twins were informed today that Nelson Cruz has been named the winner of the Edgar Martinez Award for most Outstanding Designated Hitter of 2019. The 39-year-old joins Chili Davis (1991) and Paul Molitor (1996) as the only Twins to ever win the award. This marks Cruz’s second time winning the award after earning it in 2017 as a member of the Seattle Mariners. Cruz played in 120 games, hitting .311 (141-for-454) with 26 doubles, 41 home runs, 108 RBI, 81 runs scored, 56 walks and a 1.031 OPS – the best of his 15-year … Continue reading Twins’ Nelson Cruz wins Edgar Martinez Award

Odorizzi accepts Twins qualifying offer; signed for 2020

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota Twins announced today that right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi has accepted the club’s qualifying offer and is signed through the 2020 season. Odorizzi, a 2019 American League All-Star, led the Twins pitching staff in wins last season, going a career-best 15-7 with a 3.51 ERA (159.0 IP, 62 ER), 53 walks and a career-high 178 strikeouts. Since joining the Twins in a trade during February of 2018, the Breese, Illinois native has gone 22-17 with a 4.01 ERA (323.1 IP, 144 ER), 123 walks and 340 strikeouts in 62 starts. The 29-year-old right-hander finished the … Continue reading Odorizzi accepts Twins qualifying offer; signed for 2020

Rocco Baldelli named American League Manager of the Year

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota Twins were informed today that Rocco Baldelli has been named the American League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Baldelli led the Twins to their first American League Central division title since 2010 with a record of 101-61. Baldelli becomes the fourth manager in club history to win the award, joining Tom Kelly (1991), Ron Gardenhire (2010) and Paul Molitor (2017). Behind Baldelli, the Twins joined the Houston Astros (107 wins), the Los Angeles Dodgers (106 wins) and the New York Yankees (103 wins) as the only four clubs … Continue reading Rocco Baldelli named American League Manager of the Year