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Twins Release 2014 Promo Schedule

Minnesota Twins Minnie and Paul LogoThe Minnesota Twins have released their promotion schedule for 2014.  Rather than turning to the Twins website for the details, we’ll let the Twinkie Town blogger tell the story.  Read more here.

Minnesota Twins 2014 promo graphic, Twins Facebook page

Minnesota Twins 2014 promo graphic, Twins Facebook page

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Dynamite Brings Down Parts of Metrodome

Minnesota Twins Minnie and Paul LogoThe ring beam and corners of the Metrodome, former home of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings, were brought down Sunday morning with 84 charges of dynamite set in 24 columns of the upper concourse.  Using explosives to take down the facility was not part of the original demolition plan, but safety concerns forced explosive action.  Read more and watch explosion video here.

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Miracle Will Play August Home Games at JetBlue Park

Ft. Myers Miracle LogoPhase Two of the two-year project to renovate Hammond Stadium will have the Single-A Fort Myers Miracle (Florida State League) moving their last eight home games just six miles down the road to JetBlue Park, the beautiful spring training home of the Boston Red Sox.  Read more here.

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Hammond Stadium Renovations Unveiled

Minnesota Twins LogoThe Minnesota Twins led a tour of Hammond Stadium on Wednesday, as Phase One of a $48.5 million renovation of the team’s spring training facility in Fort Myers (FL) neared completion.  The Twins play their spring training home opener on March 1 against the Boston Red Sox.  Read more hereWatch video hereView construction photos here.

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Designated ‘Clean Zones’ for 2014 MLB All-Star Game

Minnesota Twins Minnie and Paul LogoA resolution making its way through the Minneapolis City Council would give Major League Baseball veto power over any temporary businesses licenses in three designated “clean zones” in Minneapolis from July 5-20.  The 2014 MLB All-Star Game will be played on July 15 at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins.  Read more and view maps here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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TwinsFest Begins Today at Target Field

Minnesota Twins LogoThe Minnesota Twins’ annual TwinsFest will be held at Target Field starting today.  The event will run from January 24-26.  And yes, folks, the logo is very representative of the sub-zero weather we are having in Minnesota right now.  Read more here.

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Groundbreaking Set for Lee County Sports Complex Renovation

Minnesota Twins Minnie and Paul LogoFt. Myers Miracle LogoOfficials from the Minnesota Twins and Lee County (FL) will celebrate the groundbreaking of the $48.5 million renovation project at the Lee County Sports Complex on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m.  Read more and watch video here.

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Hennepin County Pumps Up Transit Development Near Target Field

Minnesota Twins Minnie and Paul LogoHennepin County (MN) has approved a plan to add a 64,000-square-foot public plaza with a jumbo display screen, retail stores,  office space, and parking to the $79.3 million rail hub being built next to Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins.  Read more and view renderings here and hereView more renderings here.

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As Twins Struggle in the Win Column, So Do Area Businesses

Minnesota Twins Minnie and Paul LogoThe disappointing performance by the Minnesota Twins on the field has translated into lower attendance numbers at Target Field and fewer patrons at area businesses like bars and restaurants.  Read more here.

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Twins Unveil Logo for 2014 MLB All-Star Game

Minnesota Twins Minnie and Paul LogoMajor League Baseball, the Minnesota Twins and the Twin Cities held a ceremony this afternoon at Target Field to unveil the official logo for the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.  Read more hereView events schedule here.

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Twins Present Rivera with Unique Retirment Gift

Minnesota Twins LogoIn a classy gesture during a pre-game ceremony at Target Field on Tuesday, the Minnesota Twins presented New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera with a pretty cool retirement gift — a one-of-a-kind rocking chair made from broken bats with the inscription, “Chair of Broken Dreams.”  Read more here.

Minnesota Twins Facebook Photo

Minnesota Twins Facebook Photo

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Twins to Celebrate ’48 St. Paul Saints

Minnesota Twins Minnie and Paul LogoThe Minnesota Twins have unveiled the 1948 St. Paul Saints throwback jerseys the team will be wearing for their “Turn Back The Clock” game against the Milwaukee Brewers on May 30 at Target Field.  For fans, throwback apparel (click on photo for a closer look)  is available for purchase at the ballpark.  Read more here.

Minnesota Twins Facebook Photo

Minnesota Twins Facebook Photo

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Target Field Debt to Be Paid Off Early

Minnesota Twins Minnie and Paul LogoTaking advantage of a stable revenue stream and low interest rates, Hennepin County (MN) has prepaid $31.3 million of variable-rate debt on Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins.  As a result, the stadium could be paid off five or 10 years earlier and save taxpayers $53.7 million in interest.  Read more here.

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New Lease Keeps Twins at Hammond for Next Three Decades

Lee County (FL) commissioners approved a new lease Tuesday with the Minnesota Twins to keep the team’s spring-training operations at Hammond Stadium for the next 30 years.  The ballpark is slated to receive $47 million in improvements over the next few years.  Read about here.

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Lee County Unveils Ballpark Renovation Plan to Keep Twins

Lee County (FL) released a 42-page document Friday detailing a proposed plan for more than $40 million in improvements to Hammond Stadium to keep the Minnesota Twins at Lee County Sports Complex for spring training for the next 30 or more years.  The agreement is expected to be an agenda item at the November 6 meeting of the commissioners.  Read more here.

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Miracle, Twins Extend PDC

PRESS RELEASE – The Fort Myers Miracle and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to extend their Player Development Contract for two years, through the 2014 season. Continue reading

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Twins Bringing Back Trees? (UPDATED)

As the Minnesota Twins prepare to pitch proposed upgrades to the right-field bleacher section of Target Field at the Minnesota Ballpark Authority’s board meeting Thursday, there is talk that the club is considering bringing back the 14 black spruce trees behind the center field wall.  The trees were removed post-last season, after batters complained the aesthetically-pleasing greenery was a Continue reading

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Growing Up a Senators Fan

In a New York Times opinion piece Saturday, Kevin Dowd recounts his childhood as a Washington Senators fan, attending games at old Griffith Stadium, and the pain of losing the Senators to Minnesota in 1960.  Read more here.

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Kernels, Twins Sign New PDC

PRESS RELEASE – The Cedar Rapids Kernels are pleased to announce the signing of a four-year player development contract (PDC) with the Minnesota Twins. The contract will run through the end of the 2016 season. Continue reading

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Twins, Target Field Awarded 2014 MLB All-Star Game

As expected, Major League Baseball announced today that the Minnesota Twins and Target Field will host the 2014 MLB All-Star Game.  Read more and view announcement here.

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State Approves Matching Funds to Upgrade Twins Spring-Training Facility

Lee County (FL) has been granted up to $15 million in matching funds from the state to improve Hammond Stadium, the spring home of the Minnesota Twins and regular-season home of the Single-A Fort Myers Miracle (Florida State League).  Read more here

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Twins, Red Wings Extend PDC

PRESS RELEASE – The Rochester Red Wings and Minnesota Twins have agreed to a two-year Player Development Contract extension through the 2014 season. Red Wings President/CEO Naomi Silver and Twins General Manager Terry Ryan made the joint announcement. Continue reading

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Ballpark Namings Right$ in the Grapefruit League

As the Minnesota Twins continue negotiations with Lee County (FL) for substantial upgrades to Hammond Stadium and control of the spring-training facility’s naming rights, Sabina Bhasin from NaplesNews.com takes a look at ballpark naming-rights deals in the Grapefruit League.  Read more here.

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Rock Cats, Twins Extend PDC

PRESS RELEASE – The Double-A New Britain Rock Cats Baseball Club (Eastern League) and the Minnesota Twins have extended their Player Development Contract (PDC) for another two years. This long lasting relationship will keep the Rock Cats and Twins together through 2014, their 20th season. Continue reading

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Dorms, Naming Rights Sticking Points in Twins Spring-Training Negotiations

The Minnesota Twins are looking for major and expensive improvements to Hammond Stadium, the team’s spring training facility in Fort Myers (FL).  The Twins want control of the ballpark’s naming rights, just like the Red Sox have at the new JetBlue Park down the road.  The Twins also want new dorms for their Gulf Coast League players.  Lee County objects, particularly Continue reading

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Twins, Delaware North Introduce Massive Hot Dog

PRESS RELEASE – As part of National Hot Dog and Sausage Month, the Minnesota Twins and concessions and retail partner Delaware North Companies Sportservice will introduce the “Giant Slugger” hot dog, which will only be available at Target Field during the month of July. The 1-pound, 2-foot-long “Giant Slugger” will also be featured Continue reading

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Twins to Turn Back the Clock to 1951 on Saturday

PRESS RELEASE – The Minnesota Twins are looking forward to their “Turn Back the Clock” game on Saturday, June 30 at 6:10 p.m. against the Kansas City Royals. During the game, the Twins will celebrate Minnesota baseball history by wearing throwback uniforms of the 1951 Minneapolis Millers and the first 20,000 fans through the gates will receive a Millers pennant. Named for the city’s Continue reading

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Economic Impact of Target Field Dips

Tax revenues associated with Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, are down in season three, while economists continue to grapple with determining the true economic impact of the new downtown ballpark.  That said, it’s no suprise to see the financial numbers tail off a bit, as the newness and novelty of the stadium wear off.  Read more here.

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Clark Griffith Enters Plea in Indecency Case

Clark Griffith, the son of former Minnesota Twins owner Calvin Griffith, former commissioner of the indy pro Northern League, and then-adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law, entered an Alford guilty plea Tuesday to a misdemeanor indecency charge for allegedly exposing himself to a 24-year-old female law student.  With this type of plea, a defendent does not admit guilt but agrees Continue reading

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Ripken Design Selected to Study NSC Baseball Complex Proposal, Northwoods League Contemplated

PRESS RELEASE – Ripken Design today announced that it has been selected to complete a two-month feasibility study for a proposed youth baseball complex in Blaine, Minnesota. Over the next two months, Ripken Design will work with CSL, International and LHB Architects, to complete the initial study and site plans that will lead to the complex Continue reading

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New Food Items at Target Field

The Minnesota Twins have unveiled a number of new food items at Target Field for 2012, including a 10-ounce cheese-stuffed meatball straight from Valentini’s Supper Club in the Iron Range (Chisolm and Duluth).  Deep-fried pickle chips with a side of ranch dressing and the Bacon Sloppy Joe are also new tasty delights.  Read more and view photos here.

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Spring Training and the Florida State League

MLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill takes a look at the Grapefruit League and the impact on the Single-A Florida State teams operating out of Spring Training ballparks.  Read more here.

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Red Sox, Twins Heat Up Business in Southwest Florida

Spring training is almost here, as the Minnesota Twins report to camp Saturday, February 18, and the Boston Red Sox report to camp on Sunday, February 19, in Fort Myers (FL).  The Twins return to Hammond Stadium, while the Red Sox take up residence at the new JetBlue Park, which has already energized commerce in the area.  Some are saying Continue reading

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‘Interchange Project’ on Deck for Target Field

Hennepin County (Minneapolis, MN) plans to spend $67 million on the Interchange Project, which will include a bigger promenade near the stadium’s light rail stops to help alleviate fan log jams.  The expanded plaza will allow for separate platforms for the current and future rails lines.  Read more hereView stadium map here.

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Twins Spring Home to Get Makeover?

Lee County (Fort Myers, FL) is considering making improvements to 7,500-seat Hammond Stadium, the spring-training home for the Minnesota Twins and regular-season home for the Single-A Fort Myers Miracle (Florida State League).  Read more here.

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Twins Shakeup Front Office

Despite a franchise record $115 million payroll, the Minnesota Twins went 63-99 this past season.  In response, the Twins decided to sack General Manager Bill Smith and replace him with Terry Ryan, who walked away from the position four years ago.  For now, Ryan will serve as interim GM, as he works to rebuild the team.  Read more here.

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Sanford Health Sign to Come Down

The Minnesota Twins cried foul when a big advertising sign for Sanford Health was put up last year on the side of Target Center, home of the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves, in full view of the stands at the new Target Field.  The sign is now scheduled to come down on October 31, as Target Corp. secured control of the external wall (ad) space when it renewed its arena naming rights deal in September.  We Continue reading

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All About the Off-Season in Rochester

Staff writer Jim Mandelero from the Democrat and Chronicle takes a look at the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings (International League) behind the scenes as the off-season begins.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Target Field Wins National Design Award

Target Field, the second-year home of the Minnesota Twins, has been named “Sports Facility of the Year” by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily.  The stadium was designed by Kansas City-based Populous.  Read more here.

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Remembering Harmon Killebrew

Hall of Fame slugger Harmon Killebrew died of cancer on Tuesday in Scottsdale (AZ) at 74.  The former Minnesota Twins great hit 573 career home runs in 22 seasons from 1954-1975.  Read more hereView video clips here.

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