The 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.
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The 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.
The 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 here. Watch video here. View construction photos here.
A 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.
Officials 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.
Hennepin 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 here. View more renderings here.
The 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.
In 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.
The 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.
Taking 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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 here. View stadium map here.
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.
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
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.
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.