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The Toro Company and Twins team up to rebuild ball fields at West Minnehaha Recreation Center

Fields at West Minnehaha Recreation Center in Saint Paul to be renovated thanks to Toro and the Twins

The Toro Company, the Minnesota Twins and the City of Saint Paul will join forces to renovate and rebuild youth baseball and softball fields in Saint Paul. On Wednesday, October 31st, volunteers from partnering organizations, with additional support from Saint Agnes School and the community, will collaborate to reconstruct West Minnehaha Recreation Center's baseball field and two softball fields in Saint Paul. 

"We are excited about the opportunity to improve the fields at West Minnehaha Recreation Center," said Mike Hahm, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Director. "Through this incredible partnership with the Minnesota Twins and Toro, we will be able to ensure these well-loved, well-used fields elevate the experience in this neighborhood for years to come."

The Toro Company, the Minnesota Twins and the City of Saint Paul will join forces to renovate and rebuild youth baseball and softball fields in Saint Paul. On Wednesday, October 31st, volunteers from partnering organizations, with additional support from Saint Agnes School and the community, will collaborate to reconstruct West Minnehaha Recreation Center's baseball field and two softball fields in Saint Paul. 

"We are excited about the opportunity to improve the fields at West Minnehaha Recreation Center," said Mike Hahm, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Director. "Through this incredible partnership with the Minnesota Twins and Toro, we will be able to ensure these well-loved, well-used fields elevate the experience in this neighborhood for years to come."

The fields are located at 685 West Minnehaha Avenue in Saint Paul at the intersection of Minnehaha Avenue and West Pierce Butler Route. Toro and the Twins are committed to providing this community with new, high-quality ball fields under professional guidance of the Twins Grounds Crew and Toro Sports Turf Managers. 

Renovation activities for the baseball field will include leveling the playing fields, re-sodding the outfields, laying agri-lime, rebuilding pitching mounds, and other miscellaneous projects. Improvements to the softball fields include leveling the infield and removing and repairing sod.

"The Twins are proud to once again join with our longtime partner Toro to restore the fields at historic West Minnehaha Recreation Center in Saint Paul," Minnesota Twins Senior Director of Community Relations Bryan Donaldson said. "Both organizations are committed to providing safe, quality places for youth to play baseball and softball. The fact that our own employees volunteer their time to personally refurbish the fields is always the highlight of these projects."

Saint Agnes School contributed $10,000 for the field rebuild. In addition, Bloomington-based Toro and the Twins Community Fund together donated $20,000 to the City of Saint Paul for the renovation project. "Every community should have safe fields to enjoy baseball and softball. Toro is proud to partner with the Twins on improving the fields at West Minnehaha Recreation Center. This project provides a unique opportunity for Toro to combine our people and products to provide high-quality playing fields for people of all ages," said Judson McNeil, President of The Toro Foundation.

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Twins name Rocco Baldelli manager

Baldelli will become 14th manager in club history

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have named Rocco Baldelli the 14th Manager in club history. This will mark the first managerial assignment of Baldelli's career and the first time for the Twins to hire a manager outside the organization since Ray Miller in 1985.

Baldelli, 37, joins the Twins for what will be his 20th season in professional baseball. The former outfielder most recently served as the Tampa Bay Rays major league field coordinator in 2018. In that role, Baldelli assisted Manager Kevin Cash and Bench Coach Charlie Montoyo during games, worked with outfielders and focused on continued development of major league players. Prior to that, he served as Tampa Bay's first base coach for three seasons from 2015-17 and was in charge of outfield defensive positioning. He spent four seasons with the Rays from 2011-14 as a Special Assistant to Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman. In that capacity, he worked with outfielders and held several scouting assignments, including serving time as a national cross-checker. In addition, he also spent time serving as a coach during the Rays Instructional League.

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have named Rocco Baldelli the 14th Manager in club history. This will mark the first managerial assignment of Baldelli's career and the first time for the Twins to hire a manager outside the organization since Ray Miller in 1985.

Baldelli, 37, joins the Twins for what will be his 20th season in professional baseball. The former outfielder most recently served as the Tampa Bay Rays major league field coordinator in 2018. In that role, Baldelli assisted Manager Kevin Cash and Bench Coach Charlie Montoyo during games, worked with outfielders and focused on continued development of major league players. Prior to that, he served as Tampa Bay's first base coach for three seasons from 2015-17 and was in charge of outfield defensive positioning. He spent four seasons with the Rays from 2011-14 as a Special Assistant to Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman. In that capacity, he worked with outfielders and held several scouting assignments, including serving time as a national cross-checker. In addition, he also spent time serving as a coach during the Rays Instructional League.

The Woonsocket, Rhode Island native was selected by Tampa Bay sixth overall in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft out of Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, Rhode Island. He played seven seasons in the major leagues from 2003-10 for Tampa Bay and Boston, hitting .278 (531-for-1910) with 99 doubles, 18 triples, 60 home runs and 262 RBI in 519 games. He placed third in American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2003 for the Rays. He was the 2008 winner of the Tony Conigliaro Award, given by the Boston Chapter of the BBWAA to the major league player who has overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination and courage. Additionally, he was inducted into the Rhode Island Italian-American Hall of Fame in 2004.

The Twins will hold a press conference today at 3:00 p.m. in the Sid Hartman Press Conference Room at Target Field. New manager Rocco Baldelli; Executive Chair Jim Pohlad; President/CEO Dave St. Peter; Executive Vice President, Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey & Senior Vice President, General Manager Thad Levine will be made available. Media members covering the event are welcome to park in the Thomson-Reuters Champions Club lot located off Twins Way.

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Twins name Rocco Baldelli manager

Baldelli will become 14th manager in club history

The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have named Rocco Baldelli the 14th Manager in club history. This will mark the first managerial assignment of Baldelli's career and the first time for the Twins to hire a manager outside the organization since Ray Miller in 1985.

Baldelli, 37, joins the Twins for what will be his 20th season in professional baseball. The former outfielder most recently served as the Tampa Bay Rays major league field coordinator in 2018. In that role, Baldelli assisted Manager Kevin Cash and Bench Coach Charlie Montoyo during games, worked with outfielders and focused on continued development of major league players. Prior to that, he served as Tampa Bay's first base coach for three seasons from 2015-17 and was in charge of outfield defensive positioning. He spent four seasons with the Rays from 2011-14 as a Special Assistant to Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman. In that capacity, he worked with outfielders and held several scouting assignments, including serving time as a national cross-checker. In addition, he also spent time serving as a coach during the Rays Instructional League.

The Woonsocket, Rhode Island native was selected by Tampa Bay sixth overall in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft out of Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, Rhode Island. He played seven seasons in the major leagues from 2003-10 for Tampa Bay and Boston, hitting .278 (531-for-1910) with 99 doubles, 18 triples, 60 home runs and 262 RBI in 519 games. He placed third in American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2003 for the Rays. He was the 2008 winner of the Tony Conigliaro Award, given by the Boston Chapter of the BBWAA to the major league player who has overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination and courage. Additionally, he was inducted into the Rhode Island Italian-American Hall of Fame in 2004.

The Twins will hold a press conference today at 3:00 p.m. in the Sid Hartman Press Conference Room at Target Field. New manager Rocco Baldelli; Executive Chair Jim Pohlad; President/CEO Dave St. Peter; Executive Vice President, Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey & Senior Vice President, General Manager Thad Levine will be made available. Media members covering the event are welcome to park in the Thomson-Reuters Champions Club lot located off Twins Way.

The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have named Rocco Baldelli the 14th Manager in club history. This will mark the first managerial assignment of Baldelli's career and the first time for the Twins to hire a manager outside the organization since Ray Miller in 1985.

Baldelli, 37, joins the Twins for what will be his 20th season in professional baseball. The former outfielder most recently served as the Tampa Bay Rays major league field coordinator in 2018. In that role, Baldelli assisted Manager Kevin Cash and Bench Coach Charlie Montoyo during games, worked with outfielders and focused on continued development of major league players. Prior to that, he served as Tampa Bay's first base coach for three seasons from 2015-17 and was in charge of outfield defensive positioning. He spent four seasons with the Rays from 2011-14 as a Special Assistant to Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman. In that capacity, he worked with outfielders and held several scouting assignments, including serving time as a national cross-checker. In addition, he also spent time serving as a coach during the Rays Instructional League.

The Woonsocket, Rhode Island native was selected by Tampa Bay sixth overall in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft out of Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, Rhode Island. He played seven seasons in the major leagues from 2003-10 for Tampa Bay and Boston, hitting .278 (531-for-1910) with 99 doubles, 18 triples, 60 home runs and 262 RBI in 519 games. He placed third in American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2003 for the Rays. He was the 2008 winner of the Tony Conigliaro Award, given by the Boston Chapter of the BBWAA to the major league player who has overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination and courage. Additionally, he was inducted into the Rhode Island Italian-American Hall of Fame in 2004.

The Twins will hold a press conference today at 3:00 p.m. in the Sid Hartman Press Conference Room at Target Field. New manager Rocco Baldelli; Executive Chair Jim Pohlad; President/CEO Dave St. Peter; Executive Vice President, Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey & Senior Vice President, General Manager Thad Levine will be made available. Media members covering the event are welcome to park in the Thomson-Reuters Champions Club lot located off Twins Way.

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Target Field to host NDSU vs. Butler football game presented by Pioneer

Tickets to go on sale November 8th

The Minnesota Twins and North Dakota State University today announced that the NDSU football team will host Butler on August 31, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at Target Field presented by Pioneer. The NCAA Division I matchup, which will be a NDSU home game, will be the second-collegiate and first Division I football game played at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins. The game will mark the first meeting between the two schools and will be the season-opener for both teams.

"The Minnesota Twins organization is honored and excited to host one of America's greatest college football success stories - the NDSU Bison - at Target Field," Twins President & CEO Dave St. Peter said. "The NDSU-Butler game is certain to be a tremendous college football showcase, as Bison Nation takes over downtown Minneapolis."

The Minnesota Twins and North Dakota State University today announced that the NDSU football team will host Butler on August 31, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at Target Field presented by Pioneer. The NCAA Division I matchup, which will be a NDSU home game, will be the second-collegiate and first Division I football game played at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins. The game will mark the first meeting between the two schools and will be the season-opener for both teams.

"The Minnesota Twins organization is honored and excited to host one of America's greatest college football success stories - the NDSU Bison - at Target Field," Twins President & CEO Dave St. Peter said. "The NDSU-Butler game is certain to be a tremendous college football showcase, as Bison Nation takes over downtown Minneapolis."

"There has been great buzz and excitement from our fan base since the game at Target Field was announced. The opportunity to partner with the Twins organization and showcase Bison football in Minneapolis is something our players and coaches are excited about," said NDSU Director of Athletics Matt Larsen. "We look forward to seeing 40,000 members of Bison Nation, clad in green and gold, packing Target Field next year."

"We're delighted to partner with Pioneer and North Dakota State Athletics in bringing DI football to Target Field next fall," said Senior Director, Corporate Partnerships Jeff Jurgella. "The Agriculture Industry is a vital economic force throughout all of Twins Territory, and we're hoping many Ag producers will take the opportunity to travel to Minneapolis to enjoy Bison Football in such a unique venue before the harvest season is upon them." 

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Twins announce 2018 Diamond Awards recipients winners selected by Twin Cities Baseball Writers Association of America

14th annual Diamond Awards event set for January 24, 2019

The Minnesota Twins announced today the recipients of the Diamond Awards, their annual awards for the 2018 season based on voting conducted by the Twin Cities Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. In addition, the Twins and the BBWAA announced plans for the 14th annual Diamond Awards, which will be held Thursday, January 24, 2019 at The Depot Minneapolis and will benefit research, education and care in brain, nerve and muscle disorders at the University of Minnesota.

Outfielder Eddie Rosario is the winner of the Calvin R. Griffith Award (the Twins' first owner) given to the Most Valuable Twin, his first time winning the award. The Puerto Rico native hit .288 (161-for-559) with 31 doubles, two triples, 24 home runs, 77 RBI and 87 runs scored in 138 games. He finished the season tied for 10th in the American League in multi-hit games despite playing in just 138 games.

The Minnesota Twins announced today the recipients of the Diamond Awards, their annual awards for the 2018 season based on voting conducted by the Twin Cities Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. In addition, the Twins and the BBWAA announced plans for the 14th annual Diamond Awards, which will be held Thursday, January 24, 2019 at The Depot Minneapolis and will benefit research, education and care in brain, nerve and muscle disorders at the University of Minnesota.

Outfielder Eddie Rosario is the winner of the Calvin R. Griffith Award (the Twins' first owner) given to the Most Valuable Twin, his first time winning the award. The Puerto Rico native hit .288 (161-for-559) with 31 doubles, two triples, 24 home runs, 77 RBI and 87 runs scored in 138 games. He finished the season tied for 10th in the American League in multi-hit games despite playing in just 138 games.

Right-handed pitcher José Berríos is the winner of the Joseph W. Haynes Award (former Twins Executive Vice President) given to the Twins Pitcher of the Year. The American League All-Star made 32 starts, going 12-11 with a 3.84 ERA (192.1 IP, 82 ER), two complete games, 61 walks and 202 strikeouts. He became the eighth different Twin to reach the 200-strikeout mark in a season. He also finished tied for first in the AL in complete games, tied for sixth in starts, eighth in innings pitched and 11th in strikeouts. He has also been named the winner of the Carl R. Pohlad Community Service Award. Berríos has done extensive work in his native Puerto Rico, including providing relief supplies to those in need following Hurricane Maria's devastation of the island. 

Outfielder Jake Cave is the winner of the Bill Boni Award (former St. Paul Dispatch-Pioneer Press Executive Sports Editor) given to the Twins Most Outstanding Rookie. Cave joined the Twins in spring training as part of a trade with the New York Yankees and played in 91 games for the Twins, hitting .265 (75-for-283) with 16 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs, 45 RBI and 54 runs scored. He ranked tied for first among AL rookies Post-All-Star Break in games (65), fifth in homers (10) and RBI (33), and eighth in hits (51).

Outfielder Max Kepler is the winner of the Jim Kaat Award (former Twins pitcher) for Twins Defensive Player of the Year. Kepler led the club in games played in the field with 151 (142 starts), making just one error and seven outfield assists in 335 total chances. He ranked third in the AL in games played in the outfield, playing in both rightfield and centerfield.

First baseman Joe Mauer is the winner of the Dick Siebert Award (former University of Minnesota Baseball Coach) given to the Upper Midwest Player of the Year. The St. Paul native wins the award for the seventh time in his career (2006, '08, '09, '10, '12, '17). Mauer played in 127 games, hitting .282 (137-for-486) with 27 doubles, six home runs, 48 RBI, 51 walks and a .351 on-base percentage. He is also the winner of the Bob Allison Award (former Twins player) given to the Twins player who exemplifies determination, hustle, tenacity, competitive spirit and leadership both on and off the field.

Right-handed pitcher Kyle Gibson has been named the winner of both the Mike Augustin "Media Good Guy" Award (former Pioneer Press Sports Writer) and the Charles O. Johnson Award (former Minneapolis Star Tribune Sports Editor), awarded to the most improved Twin. Gibson went 10-13 with a 3.62 ERA (196.2 IP, 79 ER), 79 walks and 179 strikeouts. He led the club in innings pitched and set career-highs in strikeouts, ERA and innings.

Former Twins third baseman Corey Koskie will be given the Kirby Puckett Award for Twins Alumni Community Service. Koskie works with and supports the Positive Coaching Alliance and the Twins Community Fund as a board member and volunteer. Koskie has also spent much of his post-playing career coaching and working to improve youth amateur sports.  
  
In addition, Hall of Famer Jack Morris will be given the Herb Carneal Lifetime Achievement Award. The St. Paul native pitched 18 seasons in the majors, going 254-186 with a 3.90 ERA in 549 games between Detroit, Minnesota, Toronto and Cleveland. The 1991 World Series MVP was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in July. Jack joins Herb Carneal (2006), Tom Mee (2007), Carl Pohlad (2008), Jerry Bell (2009), Bert Blyleven (2010), John Gordon (2011), Jim Rantz (2012), Tony Oliva (2013), Tom Kelly (2015), Rod Carew (2016) and Rick Stelmaszek (2017) as the only recipients of the award.

The 14th annual Diamond Awards dinner, which will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2019 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at The Depot Minneapolis, will honor the 2018 BBWAA award recipients as well as the winners of the Sherry Robertson Award (Alex Kirilloff) for the Twins Minor League Player of the Year and the Jim Rantz Award (Lewis Thorpe) for the Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Year. 

All proceeds from the event will benefit the University of Minnesota's innovative research and patient care focused on ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), ataxia, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. Along with the award winners, current and former Twins players and coaches are scheduled to appear at the event. Corporate sponsorship opportunities, tables and individual tickets are now available. For more information on the event visit www.minnesotadiamondawards.org or call (612) 425-1483.  

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Twins announce new partnership with Supercuts

The Minnesota Twins announced today a new multi-year partnership with Supercuts, a brand of the Regis Corporation. The Twins and Supercuts have entered a multi-year sponsorship that will name Supercuts the Official Hair Salon and Official Hair Stylists of the Minnesota Twins.  

"We are proud to partner with Supercuts, the official hair salon of Major League Baseball and now also of the Twins," said Laura Day, Twins Chief Business Officer. "We look forward to partnering with such a vibrant, locally headquartered brand like Supercuts, and excited to bring the energy around the Supercuts and Major League Baseball partnership to Target Field."

The Minnesota Twins announced today a new multi-year partnership with Supercuts, a brand of the Regis Corporation. The Twins and Supercuts have entered a multi-year sponsorship that will name Supercuts the Official Hair Salon and Official Hair Stylists of the Minnesota Twins.  

"We are proud to partner with Supercuts, the official hair salon of Major League Baseball and now also of the Twins," said Laura Day, Twins Chief Business Officer. "We look forward to partnering with such a vibrant, locally headquartered brand like Supercuts, and excited to bring the energy around the Supercuts and Major League Baseball partnership to Target Field."

"We are thrilled to partner with the Minnesota Twins," said Hugh Sawyer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Regis Corporation, Supercuts' parent company. "With this agreement, Supercuts sponsorship includes in-stadium signage, in-game promotions, radio, digital advertising, and a strong website and social media presence."

The sponsorship also includes the use of Twins trademarks in all Minnesota Supercuts salons. Starting next season, Twins fans will see Supercuts' seat section sponsorship at Target Field in the right field seating area.

The partnership begins prior to the Twins 2019 season and builds upon Supercuts' existing relationship with Major League Baseball. Supercuts currently has more than 2,700 salons nationwide. 

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The Minnesota Twins announced Paul Molitor will not return as manager

The Minnesota Twins announced today that Paul Molitor will not return as manager in 2019. Molitor has been offered a position to stay with the organization in a Baseball Operations capacity and will consider the offer.  

"I would like to thank Paul for his tremendous dedication to the Minnesota Twins over his last four years as manager of this club," said Twins Executive Vice President, Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey. "Paul's roots here run deep and his commitment to the organization, his staff, and the players is special. I have every hope and desire that he remains a part of this club for many years to come."
Since playing the final three years of his Hall of Fame career with the Twins from 1996-1998, Molitor held multiple coaching positions at the minor and major league levels and was named the 13th Manager in club history in 2015. Molitor led the Twins to a record of 305-343 (.471) in four seasons as manager. 

The Minnesota Twins announced today that Paul Molitor will not return as manager in 2019. Molitor has been offered a position to stay with the organization in a Baseball Operations capacity and will consider the offer.  

"I would like to thank Paul for his tremendous dedication to the Minnesota Twins over his last four years as manager of this club," said Twins Executive Vice President, Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey. "Paul's roots here run deep and his commitment to the organization, his staff, and the players is special. I have every hope and desire that he remains a part of this club for many years to come."
Since playing the final three years of his Hall of Fame career with the Twins from 1996-1998, Molitor held multiple coaching positions at the minor and major league levels and was named the 13th Manager in club history in 2015. Molitor led the Twins to a record of 305-343 (.471) in four seasons as manager. 

"The importance and contribution of Paul Molitor to the Twins, our community and Major League Baseball cannot be diminished," said Twins Owner Jim Pohlad. "On behalf of our family, I offer thanks to Paul for his four years as Twins manager and look forward to the continuation of our relationship with him."

The Twins will immediately begin their search for a new manager, internally and externally. The coaching staff will be determined by the new manager in conjunction with Executive Vice President, Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey and Senior Vice President, General Manager Thad Levine.

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Twins and Pensacola Blue Wahoos announce two-year player development contract

The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have signed a two-year player development contract with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. This will be the first affiliation between the two teams.

"We are thrilled to sign a two-year player development contract with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos," said Director, Minor League Operations Jeremy Zoll. "Their owners and leadership team have a clear commitment to positively impacting the community in Pensacola, and we believe that the values of the Twins and Blue Wahoos could not be better aligned. We are looking forward to being true partners to Pensacola in both business and baseball operations and are excited for our Double-A players to have the opportunity to call the Pensacola community their home."

The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have signed a two-year player development contract with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. This will be the first affiliation between the two teams.

"We are thrilled to sign a two-year player development contract with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos," said Director, Minor League Operations Jeremy Zoll. "Their owners and leadership team have a clear commitment to positively impacting the community in Pensacola, and we believe that the values of the Twins and Blue Wahoos could not be better aligned. We are looking forward to being true partners to Pensacola in both business and baseball operations and are excited for our Double-A players to have the opportunity to call the Pensacola community their home."

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos spent the last 11 seasons as the Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds (2009-2018). During their time as the Reds affiliate they won one Southern League title in 2017 and two division titles, 2016 and 2017. In 2016 the Blue Wahoos were the recipient of the Bob Freitas Award. This award is decided by Baseball America and is awarded to the best overall franchise among the affiliates at that level. Blue Wahoos Stadium was awarded the Best Double-A ballpark by Ballpark Digest in 2016, MiLB.com Best Seat in the House in 2015 and Ballparks.com Ballpark of the Year in 2012.

"We are thrilled to welcome the Minnesota Twins to Hoosville here in Pensacola to develop their top tier minor league talent in helping the Twins build a championship caliber team at the Major League level," said Blue Wahoos President Jonathan Griffith. "We are excited about the partnership with Jeremy Zoll and his team to cultivate a winning culture on and off the field between the two organizations."

The Twins have placed emphasis on development of homegrown talent including the likes of Joe Mauer, Kyle Gibson, José Berríos, Eddie Rosario, Jorge Polanco, Miguel Sanó, Max Kepler and Byron Buxton. Minnesota boasts one of the top Minor League systems in baseball, ranked as seventh overall by Baseball America and have four of the top 100 Minor League prospects, led by 2017 First-Round Draft pick Royce Lewis at number 10. Other ranked prospects include 2016 First-Round pick Alex Kirilloff (32), Brusdar Graterol (58) and Brent Rooker (96). The Twins had two affiliates take home championships in 2018. The Fort Myers Miracle won the Florida State League title and the Elizabethton Twins sat atop the Appalachian League.  

The Twins have had seven different previous Double-A affiliations in franchise history: Chattanooga (1946-1959, 2015-2018), New Britain (1997-2014), Hardware City (1995-1996), Nashville (1961, 1993-1994), Orlando (1973-1992), Charlotte (1963-1972), and Albany (1935-1936). 

Pensacola has been affiliated with six different organizations in team history: Cincinnati Reds (2009-2018), Florida Marlins (2003-2008), Colorado Rockies (1999-2002), Pittsburgh Pirates (1991-1998), Houston Astros (1970-1990), and Chicago White Sox (1959-1969). 

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Alex Kirilloff and Lewis Thorpe named 2018 Twins Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year

The Minnesota Twins announced today that outfielder Alex Kirilloff has been named the 2018 Sherry Robertson Award winner as the Twins Minor League Player of the Year and left-handed pitcher Lewis Thorpe has been named the 2018 Jim Rantz Award winner as the Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

Kirilloff, 20, split the season between Single-A Cedar Rapids and Single-A Ft. Myers, combining to hit .348 (178-for-512) with 44 doubles, seven triples, 20 home runs and 101 RBI in 130 games. He led all full-season minor leaguers in doubles and ranked seventh in RBI. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound outfielder was named both a Midwest League midseason and postseason All-Star and played in the SiriusXM Future's Game for Team USA at Nationals Park over the Major League Baseball All-Star break. Prior to the season he was ranked as the third-best prospect in the Twins system by Baseball America and sixth best by MLB.com.

The Minnesota Twins announced today that outfielder Alex Kirilloff has been named the 2018 Sherry Robertson Award winner as the Twins Minor League Player of the Year and left-handed pitcher Lewis Thorpe has been named the 2018 Jim Rantz Award winner as the Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

Kirilloff, 20, split the season between Single-A Cedar Rapids and Single-A Ft. Myers, combining to hit .348 (178-for-512) with 44 doubles, seven triples, 20 home runs and 101 RBI in 130 games. He led all full-season minor leaguers in doubles and ranked seventh in RBI. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound outfielder was named both a Midwest League midseason and postseason All-Star and played in the SiriusXM Future's Game for Team USA at Nationals Park over the Major League Baseball All-Star break. Prior to the season he was ranked as the third-best prospect in the Twins system by Baseball America and sixth best by MLB.com.

The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native was selected by the Twins in the first round (15th overall) of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Plum High School in Pittsburgh. In 185 career games in the Twins minor league system, he has hit .335 (244-for-728) with 53 doubles, eight triples, 27 home runs and 134 RBI.

Thorpe, 22, split the 2018 season between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Rochester, combining to go 8-7 with a 3.54 ERA (129.2 IP, 51 ER), 36 walks, 157 strikeouts and a .250 opponent batting average. The 6-foot-1, 218-pound pitcher appeared in the SiriusXM Future's Game for the World Team over the Major League All-Star break. He was ranked as the 15th best prospect in the Twins system by MLB.com entering last season and 16th best by Baseball America.

The Melbourne, Australia native was signed by the Twins in July of 2012. In four seasons in the Twins minor league system, he has gone 19-14 with 3.18 ERA (328.1 IP, 116 ER), 111 walks, 392 strikeouts and a .234 opponent batting average in 71 games (65 starts). Thorpe missed the 2015 and 2016 season recovering from "Tommy John" surgery on his left elbow.

The Sherry Robertson Award, named in honor of the Twins' first farm director, was established in 1970 to recognize the top Twins minor league performer each season. Since 2002, the award has recognized the Twins Minor League Player of the Year while an additional award has been created to recognize the Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Year. This award was named in honor of former Twins Minor League Director and Twins Hall of Famer Jim Rantz. Past winners of the Sherry Robertson Award include Butch Wynegar (1974), Kent Hrbek (1981), Gene Larkin (1986), Paul Sorrento (1989), Denny Neagle (1990), Marty Cordova (1992), LaTroy Hawkins (1993 and '94), Todd Walker (1996), David Ortiz (1997), Michael Cuddyer (2001), Joe Mauer (2003), Brian Dozier (2011), Byron Buxton (2013), Max Kepler (2015), and Mitch Garver (2017). Past winners of the Jim Rantz award include Jesse Crain (2003), Scott Baker (2004), Francisco Liriano (2005), Matt Garza (2006), Kyle Gibson (2010), José Berríos (2014 and '15), Stephen Gonsalves (2016), and Aaron Slegers (2017).

Kirilloff and Thorpe, along with the other Twins 2018 award winners, will be recognized at the 14th Annual Diamond Awards dinner, which will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2019.

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Twins select Juan Graterol from Triple-A

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN -- The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have selected the contract of catcher Juan Graterol from Triple-A Rochester. He is set to join the team tonight in Oakland and will wear uniform number 66.

Graterol, 29, was signed by the Twins as a minor league free agent on June 28 after he was released by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on June 24. He appeared in 24 games at Triple-A Salt Lake and one game with the Angels before joining Rochester. While with the Red Wings, Graterol appeared in 34 games, all at catcher, hitting .284 (33-for-116) with six doubles and 10 RBI.

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN -- The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have selected the contract of catcher Juan Graterol from Triple-A Rochester. He is set to join the team tonight in Oakland and will wear uniform number 66.

Graterol, 29, was signed by the Twins as a minor league free agent on June 28 after he was released by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on June 24. He appeared in 24 games at Triple-A Salt Lake and one game with the Angels before joining Rochester. While with the Red Wings, Graterol appeared in 34 games, all at catcher, hitting .284 (33-for-116) with six doubles and 10 RBI.

A native of Maracay, Venezuela, Graterol appeared in 58 major league games with the Angels from 2016-2018 hitting .222 (22-for-99) with six doubles and 13 RBI. He was originally signed by the Kansas City Royals as a minor league free agent in 2005.

To make room for Graterol on the 40-man roster, the Twins have transferred right-handed pitcher Ervin Santana to the 60-day disabled list.

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Homestand Highlights: Friday, Sept. 7 - Wednesday, Sept. 12

Friday, September 7 vs. Kansas City Royals (7:10 p.m.) -- Presented by UnitedHealthcare
GIVEAWAY -- The first 10,000 fans will receive a Stadium Blanket presented by Mayo Clinic.
Roberto Clemente Nominee Recognition - Fans are welcome to arrive early to help us congratulate Joe Mauer during a special pregame ceremony on his selection as the Minnesota Twins 2018 nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award.
Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month -- September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Major League Baseball and the Minnesota Twins will be helping to raise awareness of the fight against children's cancers all month long. On Friday, September 7, the Twins will welcome representatives from the Children's Cancer Research Fund to for a pregame ceremony.
Mayo Clinic Documentary -- The Twins will host numerous Mayo Clinic doctors, dignitaries, and Sisters of Saint Francis at Target Field to celebrate a new two-hour documentary, THE MAYO CLINIC: FAITH - HOPE - SCIENCE. Produced by Ken Burns, the documentary will air on PBS on Tuesday, September 25 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Featuring interviews with patients, including John McCain and the Dalai Lama, the film tells the story of William Worrall Mayo, an English immigrant who began practicing medicine with his sons Will and Charlie in Rochester, MN, and enlisted the help of the nearby Sisters of Saint Francis to care for patients. 

Saturday, September 8 vs. Kansas City Royals (6:10 p.m.) - Presented by UnitedHealthcare
Second Chance Night -- Fans will have the opportunity to add a Minnesota Twins theme night item to their collections through purchase of this special second chance theme night offer. To select your ticket and check availability of second chance theme night items, please visit www.twinsbaseball.com/secondchance.

Friday, September 7 vs. Kansas City Royals (7:10 p.m.) -- Presented by UnitedHealthcare
GIVEAWAY -- The first 10,000 fans will receive a Stadium Blanket presented by Mayo Clinic.
Roberto Clemente Nominee Recognition - Fans are welcome to arrive early to help us congratulate Joe Mauer during a special pregame ceremony on his selection as the Minnesota Twins 2018 nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award.
Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month -- September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Major League Baseball and the Minnesota Twins will be helping to raise awareness of the fight against children's cancers all month long. On Friday, September 7, the Twins will welcome representatives from the Children's Cancer Research Fund to for a pregame ceremony.
Mayo Clinic Documentary -- The Twins will host numerous Mayo Clinic doctors, dignitaries, and Sisters of Saint Francis at Target Field to celebrate a new two-hour documentary, THE MAYO CLINIC: FAITH - HOPE - SCIENCE. Produced by Ken Burns, the documentary will air on PBS on Tuesday, September 25 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Featuring interviews with patients, including John McCain and the Dalai Lama, the film tells the story of William Worrall Mayo, an English immigrant who began practicing medicine with his sons Will and Charlie in Rochester, MN, and enlisted the help of the nearby Sisters of Saint Francis to care for patients. 

Saturday, September 8 vs. Kansas City Royals (6:10 p.m.) - Presented by UnitedHealthcare
Second Chance Night -- Fans will have the opportunity to add a Minnesota Twins theme night item to their collections through purchase of this special second chance theme night offer. To select your ticket and check availability of second chance theme night items, please visit www.twinsbaseball.com/secondchance.

Sunday, September 9 vs. Kansas City Royals (1:10 p.m.) -- Presented by UnitedHealthcare

Fortday with Trevor May -- Fans who purchase tickets through this special ticket package will gain early ballpark access for an epic live Fortnite streaming party powered by WorldGaming Network featuring professional gamer BasicallyIDoWrk and pitcher Trevor May. Fans will be able to enter Target Field via Gate 14 beginning at 9:45 a.m. to experience the live streaming viewing party which will begin at 10 a.m. For more information on Fortday, please visit www.twinsbaseball.com/fortnite

Grandparents Day -- Celebrate National Grandparents Day at Target Field! Bring your family to the ballpark on September 9th to celebrate National Grandparents Day presented by UnitedHealthcare. To learn about the grandparents day festivities, visit www.twinsbaseball.com/grandparentsday
Kids Day -- Presented by Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, every Sunday, kids meals are half price-just $4! Before the game, kids 12 and younger can play interactive games and get free autographs from a Twins player. Postgame, kids can run the bases.

Monday, September 10 vs. New York Yankees (7:10 p.m.) -- Presented by Chick-fil-A
Military Discount -- Presented by T-Mobile and FOX Sports North, active military members or veterans with a valid ID plus up to three guests receive half-price Home Plate View tickets every Monday through Thursday game.
Mike Hughes First Pitch -- The Twins will honor 2018 Vikings First Round Pick Mike Hughes, cornerback out of Central Florida, with a first pitch. 

Tuesday, September 11 vs. New York Yankees (7:10 p.m.) -- Presented by Chick-fil-A
9/11 Tribute -- Fans are encouraged to arrive early for a special pre-game ceremony recognizing first responders and the family of Tom Burnett as the Twins pay tribute to the anniversary of Sept 11, 2001.
Military Discount -- Presented by T-Mobile and FOX Sports North, active military members or veterans with a valid ID plus up to three guests receive half-price Home Plate View tickets every Monday through Thursday game.
U.S. Bank Meal Deal -- Purchase a U.S. Bank Home Run Porch View ticket and receive a FREE Schweigert™ hot dog and Pepsi.

Wednesday, September 12 vs. New York Yankees (7:10 p.m.) -- Presented by Chick-fil-A
Minnesota Wild Night -- Fans who purchase a ticket for this exclusive theme night package will receive a special, limited-edition co-branded Minnesota Wild/Twins beanie, presented by TRIA. A portion of each ticket purchased through this special ticket package will go to support the Ronald McDonald House. For more information on Minnesota Wild Night, please visit www.twinsbaseball.com/wild.
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Visit -- Twins players will be visiting the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital in the morning before they take on the Yankees. Additionally, Twins players will wear Children's Cancer Research Fund batting practice t-shirts.
Military Discount -- Presented by T-Mobile and FOX Sports North, active military members or veterans with a valid ID plus up to three guests receive half-price Home Plate View tickets every Monday through Thursday game.
Student Day presented by Rasmussen College -- Ballpark Access tickets are just $5 for students - now available through mobile delivery! Plus students can download a free Metro Transit ride pass. Students can visit twinsbaseball.com/student to register to purchase tickets through the MLB Ballpark app and to download the free ride pass. Tickets are also available day of game at the Target Field Box Office beginning at 9:00 AM. Limit one ticket per student with valid ID.
Schweigert™ Dollar-A-Dog Day -- Hot dogs are just $1 at the Hennepin Grille and Taste of Twins Territory concession stands. (Limit 20,000 per game; 2 per person)

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Twins to host Fortnite event at Target Field

Special Fortday viewing party will feature Twins pitcher Trevor May and professional gamers BasicallyIDoWrk and Jordan Fisher

The Minnesota Twins and WorldGaming Network have teamed up to bring a special Fortnite streaming party to Target Field on September 9: Fortday with Trevor May.

Gamers and baseball fans are invited to watch professional gamers BasicallyIDoWrk and Jordan Fisher and Twins pitcher Trevor May go for the Victory Royale Live on the video boards at Target Field at 10:00 a.m. Twins catcher Mitch Garver will serve as the events' special emcee. Fortday with Trevor May will be sponsored by WorldGaming Network, an international esports and competitive video gaming platform.

The Minnesota Twins and WorldGaming Network have teamed up to bring a special Fortnite streaming party to Target Field on September 9: Fortday with Trevor May.

Gamers and baseball fans are invited to watch professional gamers BasicallyIDoWrk and Jordan Fisher and Twins pitcher Trevor May go for the Victory Royale Live on the video boards at Target Field at 10:00 a.m. Twins catcher Mitch Garver will serve as the events' special emcee. Fortday with Trevor May will be sponsored by WorldGaming Network, an international esports and competitive video gaming platform.

Purchase of tickets to the special themed Fortnite viewing party will also include a reserved seat for the 1:10 p.m. Twins vs. Royals game - and the first 500 fans to buy will receive an exclusive Twins Fortday with Trevor May t-shirt. Fans who want to join the party will be able to enter Target Field at Gate 14 only beginning at 9:45 a.m. CT (Gate 14 is located behind home plate, just off of North 7th street). A valid game ticket for the September 9th Twins game will be required for entry. The viewing session will run from 10:00-11:00 a.m. 

Gamers and Twins fans are encouraged to visit TwinsBaseball.com/Fortnite for more information. They can also join the conversation online by following the Twins on Facebook (Facebook.com/Twins), Twitter (@Twins), Instagram (@Twins) and Twitch (@MinnesotaTwinsBaseball), as well as WorldGaming on Facebook (Facebook.com/WorldGaming), Twitter (@WorldGaming), Instagram (@OfficialWorldGaming) and Twitch (WorldGaming).

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Joe Mauer named Minnesota Twins 2018 nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award

Major League Baseball today announced that Joe Mauer was named the Minnesota Twins 2018 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual player award bestowed by MLB.

The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player from each MLB Club who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.

Major League Baseball today announced that Joe Mauer was named the Minnesota Twins 2018 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual player award bestowed by MLB.

The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player from each MLB Club who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.

Each Club nominates one current player to be considered for the Roberto Clemente Award in tribute to Clemente's achievements and character. Wednesday, September 5th marks the seventeenth annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente's legacy and to officially acknowledge local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award. As part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will appear on the bases and official dugout lineup cards and a special tribute video will be played in ballparks.

Joe Mauer is one of the 30 Club nominees for the annual award. He and his wife Maddie annually host the Mauer and Friends Kids Classic luncheon event to benefit Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. In its fourth year the event has raised more than $1 million for the hospital's foundation. Joe brings teammates to Gillette to see patients often, serves as spokesman and annually hosts a bowling fundraiser for the Highland Friendship Club and also has supported Friends of St. Paul Baseball, an organization that helps improve baseball facilities for youth in St. Paul. Additionally, Mauer established a community ticket program called Mauer's Minnies, providing Twins game tickets to thousands of economically disadvantaged youth from Minneapolis and St. Paul. Since 2005, 25,000 youth and their families have attended a Twins game for free because of Mauer's generous contributions. He also acts as a spokesman and mentor to the MLB Player's Association's Action Team. In partnership with Volunteers of America, the Action Team enlists high school students to recruit others to volunteer in their community. Joe meets with Action Team members and mentors them on their outreach work.

The league-wide winner of the Roberto Clemente Award, who will be announced during the 2018 World Series, will be selected among the group of nominees via a blue ribbon panel that includes individuals connected to the game. The blue ribbon panel includes Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., representatives from MLB-affiliated networks (MLB Network, FOX Sports, ESPN and TBS) and MLB.com, as well as Vera Clemente (the late Roberto's wife & MLB Goodwill Ambassador). Beginning on Roberto Clemente Day, fans can vote for the overall winner of the Roberto Clemente Award via a dedicated website. The site will feature bios of each of the nominees and will allow fans from Roberto Clemente Day on Wednesday, September 5th, until Tuesday, September 18th. The winner of the fan vote will count as one vote among those cast by the blue ribbon panel. Fans are encouraged to vote by visiting the following link: mlb.com/clemente21.

The concept of honoring Major League players for their philanthropic work was created in 1971 as the "Commissioner's Award." The recognition was renamed to the "Roberto Clemente Award" in 1973 in honor of the Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star who died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Major League Baseball has commemorated Roberto Clemente Day each September since 2002.

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Twins to recall Chase De Jong and John Curtiss

Club will also select the contract of Petit and transfer Morrison to the 60-day DL

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN -- The Minnesota Twins announced today that they plan to recall right-handed pitchers Chase De Jong and John Curtiss from Triple-A Rochester and select the contract of infielder Gregorio Petit prior to tomorrow night's game at Houston.

De Jong, 24, was acquired by the Twins from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Zack Duke on July 30 and appeared in seven games (5 starts) for the Red Wings posting a 2-3 record with a 3.20 ERA (39.1 IP, 14 ER). Prior to the trade, De Jong started 21 games for Double-A Arkansas (Seattle), going 5-5 with a 3.80 ERA (120.2 IP, 51 ER), 34 walks and 89 strikeouts. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound right-hander went 0-3 with a 6.35 ERA (28.1 IP, 20 ER), 13 walks, and 13 strikeouts in seven games (4 starts) with Seattle last season. De Jong was originally selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the second round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN -- The Minnesota Twins announced today that they plan to recall right-handed pitchers Chase De Jong and John Curtiss from Triple-A Rochester and select the contract of infielder Gregorio Petit prior to tomorrow night's game at Houston.

De Jong, 24, was acquired by the Twins from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Zack Duke on July 30 and appeared in seven games (5 starts) for the Red Wings posting a 2-3 record with a 3.20 ERA (39.1 IP, 14 ER). Prior to the trade, De Jong started 21 games for Double-A Arkansas (Seattle), going 5-5 with a 3.80 ERA (120.2 IP, 51 ER), 34 walks and 89 strikeouts. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound right-hander went 0-3 with a 6.35 ERA (28.1 IP, 20 ER), 13 walks, and 13 strikeouts in seven games (4 starts) with Seattle last season. De Jong was originally selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the second round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

Curtiss, 25, appeared in 38 games for the Red Wings this season posting a 2.77 ERA (55.1 IP, 17 ER) with 61 strikeouts while converting 10 saves in 12 opportunities. Curtiss, who appeared in two games earlier this season for the Twins, was originally selected by Minnesota in the sixth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

Petit, 33, appeared in 79 games for the Red Wings this season, hitting .268 (76-for-284) with 12 doubles, one triple, one home run, 29 RBI and 31 runs scored. Petit, who has played in 183 career games at the major league level with Oakland, Houston, New York-AL, Los Angeles-AL and Minnesota, hit .308 (8-for-26) with four walks in 12 games for the Twins earlier this season.

To make room for Petit on the Twins 40-man roster, they have transferred first baseman/designated hitter Logan Morrison to the 60-day disabled list. Morrison had surgery on his left hip last month, ending his season.

The Twins now have active 34 players on their major league roster.

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Twins to recall Zack Littell

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota Twins announced tonight that they plan to recall right-handed pitcher Zack Littell from Triple-A Rochester prior to tomorrow's game at Texas.
 

Littell, 22, finished the Triple-A season going 6-6 with a 3.57 ERA (106.0 IP, 42 ER), 40 walks and 98 strikeouts over 19 games (15 starts) for the Red Wings. This will mark Littell's third stint with the Twins this season, having previously appeared in two games including making one start on June 5 vs. Chicago (AL). Littell was acquired by the Twins (with Dietrich Enns) last July from the New York Yankees in exchange for Jamie Garcia. 
 

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota Twins announced tonight that they plan to recall right-handed pitcher Zack Littell from Triple-A Rochester prior to tomorrow's game at Texas.
 

Littell, 22, finished the Triple-A season going 6-6 with a 3.57 ERA (106.0 IP, 42 ER), 40 walks and 98 strikeouts over 19 games (15 starts) for the Red Wings. This will mark Littell's third stint with the Twins this season, having previously appeared in two games including making one start on June 5 vs. Chicago (AL). Littell was acquired by the Twins (with Dietrich Enns) last July from the New York Yankees in exchange for Jamie Garcia. 
 

The Twins now have active 31 players on their major league roster.

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