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Tickets for Opening Day, all March-May home games on sale December 18

Fans can also take advantage of limited-time 19% ticket discount for all March-May games excluding the Opener

The Minnesota Twins announced today that the 2019 Home Opener will go on sale December 18 at 10:00 a.m. CT. The first 30,000 fans in attendance for the Home Opener on March 28 vs. the Cleveland Indians (3:10 p.m. CT) will receive a Twins branded puffer vest (Adult M or XL) courtesy of Your Local Northland Ford Dealers.

Additionally, for a limited time, all fans purchasing tickets for 2019 home games in March, April and May (excluding the Home Opener) will receive 19% off the normal ticket price. Season Ticket Holders and Group Organizers will have access to a special pre-sale which will begin December 17 at 10:00 a.m. CT. The balance of regular season tickets will go on-sale January 22, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. CT. 

The Minnesota Twins announced today that the 2019 Home Opener will go on sale December 18 at 10:00 a.m. CT. The first 30,000 fans in attendance for the Home Opener on March 28 vs. the Cleveland Indians (3:10 p.m. CT) will receive a Twins branded puffer vest (Adult M or XL) courtesy of Your Local Northland Ford Dealers.

Additionally, for a limited time, all fans purchasing tickets for 2019 home games in March, April and May (excluding the Home Opener) will receive 19% off the normal ticket price. Season Ticket Holders and Group Organizers will have access to a special pre-sale which will begin December 17 at 10:00 a.m. CT. The balance of regular season tickets will go on-sale January 22, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. CT. 

"This limited offer is a great opportunity for those looking to find that special gift for the holidays at a special price for those Twins fans in their life," said Mike Clough, Senior Vice President, Ticket Sales & Service.

Tickets for this special offer can be purchased at twinsbaseball.com or by calling 1-800-33-TWINS (800-338-9467) starting December 18, the first time in Target Field history that single-game tickets have gone on sale prior to the New Year. In addition, season plans and group ticket packages are on sale now.

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Twins sign second baseman Jonathan Schoop to one-year contract

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN -- The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have signed second baseman Jonathan Schoop to a one-year contract.

Schoop, 27, has played six seasons in the major leagues for the Baltimore Orioles (2013-18) and the Milwaukee Brewers (2018). The right-handed hitting Schoop played 85 games for Baltimore in 2018, batting .244 (85-for-349) with 17 home runs, 18 doubles, 40 RBI and 12 walks before being traded to Milwaukee in July, where he appeared in 46 games, batting .202 (25-for-124) with four home runs, four doubles, 21 RBI and 16 runs. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound second baseman was originally signed by the Orioles as an amateur free agent in 2008.

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN -- The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have signed second baseman Jonathan Schoop to a one-year contract.

Schoop, 27, has played six seasons in the major leagues for the Baltimore Orioles (2013-18) and the Milwaukee Brewers (2018). The right-handed hitting Schoop played 85 games for Baltimore in 2018, batting .244 (85-for-349) with 17 home runs, 18 doubles, 40 RBI and 12 walks before being traded to Milwaukee in July, where he appeared in 46 games, batting .202 (25-for-124) with four home runs, four doubles, 21 RBI and 16 runs. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound second baseman was originally signed by the Orioles as an amateur free agent in 2008.

The Curacao native appeared in seven games for Team Netherlands in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, hitting .300 (6-for-27) with four RBI and four runs scored. He was also selected to the 2017 All-Star Game, his first career All-Star Game selection and went 1-for-1 with a double and a run scored, while playing 3.0 innings at second base for the American League. Schoop was a member of the Little League World Series championship team from Willemstad, Curacao in 2004, recording the save in the finale against Thousand Oaks, California.

He has appeared in 681 career games, batting .258 (640-for-2484) with 130 doubles, two triples, 110 home runs, 333 RBI and 98 walks.

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Twins sign Torreyes to one-year contract

The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have signed infielder Ronald Torreyes to a one-year contact.

Torreyes, 26, played 41 games with the New York Yankees last season, hitting .280 (28-for-100) with seven doubles, one triple, seven RBIs, nine runs scored and a .294 on-base percentage. In addition to his time with the Yankees, Torreyes also played 26 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and four games with Single-A Tampa.

The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have signed infielder Ronald Torreyes to a one-year contact.

Torreyes, 26, played 41 games with the New York Yankees last season, hitting .280 (28-for-100) with seven doubles, one triple, seven RBIs, nine runs scored and a .294 on-base percentage. In addition to his time with the Yankees, Torreyes also played 26 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and four games with Single-A Tampa.

The Libertador, Venezuela native has played parts of four seasons in Major League Baseball with the Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers, hitting .281 (162-for-576) with 30 doubles, six triples, four home runs and 56 RBIs in 229 career games.

The Twins roster is now at 39.

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TwinsFest tickets on sale today

The Minnesota Twins and the Twins Community Fund announce that tickets for TwinsFest at Target Field will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. today. TwinsFest will run from Jan. 25 through Jan. 27, 2019, providing Twins fans with exclusive and intimate baseball experiences throughout the course of the weekend.

As in years past, current, former and future Twins players are expected to appear throughout the course of the weekend. Fans are encouraged to check twinsbaseball.com/twinsfest often as new players are added every day.

The Minnesota Twins and the Twins Community Fund announce that tickets for TwinsFest at Target Field will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. today. TwinsFest will run from Jan. 25 through Jan. 27, 2019, providing Twins fans with exclusive and intimate baseball experiences throughout the course of the weekend.

As in years past, current, former and future Twins players are expected to appear throughout the course of the weekend. Fans are encouraged to check twinsbaseball.com/twinsfest often as new players are added every day.

Additionally, tickets to all 2019 home games at Target Field will go on sale at TwinsFest.

As the largest annual fundraiser for the Minnesota Twins Community Fund, TwinsFest will feature numerous interactive activities and behind-the-scenes fan experiences that celebrate Twins baseball and Target Field. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on December 6 at 10:00 a.m. and will cost $20 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and younger. Ticket purchases can be made online at www.twinsbaseball.com, by phone at (612) 33-TWINS, and also at the Target Field Box Office. Event times for 2019 TwinsFest will be Friday from 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., and Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Returning again in 2019, the TwinsFest Taproom presented by Goose Island will be held in Bat & Barrel and will provide an engaging and energetic space for families and friends to connect. Young fans will enjoy an updated kids zone themed around create-play-win. In addition, join T.C. for brunch on Sunday for the returning "Brunch with T.C." event. Tickets include a breakfast buffet, souvenir photo with T.C., and are inclusive of a Sunday TwinsFest ticket. Tickets will cost $40 for adults and $20 for kids 12 and younger, children 12 months and younger are free.

TwinsFest attendees will also have the option to purchase a white glove tour of the Twins Archive Room and have the opportunity to enjoy signature food and beverage options which have made Target Field baseball's best dining experience. TwinsFest will once again feature the Twins Yard Sale, giving fans the opportunity to purchase unique team-issued gear, autographed memorabilia, Twins branded artwork and past promotional items.

"Over the years TwinsFest has earned its reputation for being one of our region's greatest mid-winter traditions," Twins President & CEO Dave St. Peter said. "We look forward to TwinsFest being back at Target Field as we continue to build excitement for the start of the 2019 season. Most importantly, this event will once again raise significant proceeds for the Twins Community Fund and its many worthwhile programs across Twins Territory."

TwinsFest, one of the largest team-run fan festivals in professional sports, is the largest annual fundraiser for the Minnesota Twins Community Fund. Over the past 28 years TwinsFest has raised more than $5.1 million for programs and organizations supported by the Twins Community Fund.

About the Twins Community Fund

Established as a nonprofit organization in 1991, the mission of the Twins Community Fund is to enrich local and regional communities by providing resources for the healthy development of children and families through an association with baseball, softball and the Minnesota Twins. The Twins Community Fund is governed by a board of directors' representative of the Upper Midwest. Target, Treasure Island Resort & Casino, U.S. Bank and Delta Air Lines are Cornerstone Partners; contributing annually to the Twins Community Fund. For more information or to make a contribution, visit www.twinscommunityfund.org.

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Twins Holiday Week of Giving plans

On Wednesday, the Minnesota Twins announced plans for the 13th annual Holiday Week of Giving, when the organization will focus on giving back to the community during the holiday season. This year's week of activities runs Monday, December 10 through Friday, December 14.

Each day, Twins front office staff, current and alumni players, season ticket holders and corporate partners will participate in several events benefiting a variety of community causes. A brief description of each is below:

On Wednesday, the Minnesota Twins announced plans for the 13th annual Holiday Week of Giving, when the organization will focus on giving back to the community during the holiday season. This year's week of activities runs Monday, December 10 through Friday, December 14.

Each day, Twins front office staff, current and alumni players, season ticket holders and corporate partners will participate in several events benefiting a variety of community causes. A brief description of each is below:

Monday, December 10 - 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Gift wrapping for Gillette Children's at Target Field 
Volunteers will wrap presents in the Skyline Suites at Target Field, which will be given to patients and families at Gillette Children's on Tuesday as a part of the Gillette Holiday Party. Target and the Minnesota Twins are partnering to provide holiday gifts to patients and families at Gillette Children's this holiday season. 
     
Tuesday, December 11 - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gillette Children's 
Twins players Byron Buxton and Trevor Hildenberger will be participating in a gift shopping spree at Target before meeting at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare for a holiday party. Volunteers will help pass out the gifts wrapped previously at Target Field, along with the new ones from Buxton and Hildenberger, to children and families at Gillette's St. Paul campus. Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare cares for patients who have some of the most complex, rare, and traumatic conditions in pediatric medicine, including cerebral palsy, epilepsy, spina bifida, and hydrocephalus.

Wednesday, December 12 - 7 - 9 a.m. and 3 - 5 p.m. with PRISM at Perkins Family Restaurant
The Twins and Perkins Family Restaurant in Golden Valley will provide a free pancake meal to PRISM clients. PRISM is one of the leading providers of basic needs services in the northwest Twin Cities suburbs, and provides social services and connections that empower people to build healthy, stable lives. PRISM's programs include their Marketplace Food Shelf, housing and children's programs, and the Shop for Change Thrift Shop. Volunteers will greet, serve, and visit with the guests, while helping PRISM staff prepare take home gifts for guests in attendance.

Thursday, December 13 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with MAC-V at Target Field
At "A Home for the Holidays" MAC-V Event in partnership with WCCO-TV, volunteers will direct guests, serve meals and hand out gift bags to veterans and their families. The "Home for the Holidays" event will connect homeless veterans with service providers such as medical care resources, registering for assistance and shelter programs. Each veteran will also receive a meal. Last year, MAC-V comprehensively served 1,810 veterans and their families throughout Minnesota who were homeless or experiencing a crisis that could lead to homelessness. Twins mascot T.C. Bear and former Twins player Justin Morneau will accompany volunteers at this event.

Friday, December 14 - 8 to 10:30 a.m. at Animal Humane Society 
Volunteers for this event will help the shelter staff prepare with opening for the day - this includes cleaning and organizing the adoption floor, while working with shelter doctors and staff. The Animal Humane Society cares for more than 23,000 companion animals in need and helps thousand more through programs for people and pets. Their mission is to engage the hearts, hands, and minds of the community to help animals.

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Twins claim Cron off waivers

The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have claimed first baseman C.J. Cron off waivers from Tampa Bay.

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Cron played in 140 games for the Rays last season, hitting .253 (127-for-501) with 28 doubles, 30 home runs, 74 RBI and a .323 on-base percentage. He was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the first round (17th overall) of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft from the University of Utah. The Fullerton, California native has played parts of five seasons in the major leagues with the Angels and Rays, hitting .260 (485-for-1867) with 96 doubles, 89 home runs and 287 RBI in 548 games.

The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have claimed first baseman C.J. Cron off waivers from Tampa Bay.

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Cron played in 140 games for the Rays last season, hitting .253 (127-for-501) with 28 doubles, 30 home runs, 74 RBI and a .323 on-base percentage. He was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the first round (17th overall) of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft from the University of Utah. The Fullerton, California native has played parts of five seasons in the major leagues with the Angels and Rays, hitting .260 (485-for-1867) with 96 doubles, 89 home runs and 287 RBI in 548 games.

The Twins roster is now at 39.

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Twins finalize coaching staff

The Minnesota Twins announced today their final coaching addition for the 2019 season. Former Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays coach Bill Evers will serve as Major League Coach under Manager Rocco Baldelli.

Evers, 64, will also assist with catching instruction at the Major League level. The New York native has spent over 30 years as a Major League coach, Minor League coach, Minor League manager and Minor League field coordinator for the Cubs, Yankees and Rays. Evers joined Tampa Bay during their inaugural season in 1998, and managed the Triple-A Durham Bulls from 1998-2005. He joined the Rays Major League staff for the 2006-2007 seasons as bench coach under Manager Joe Maddon. Evers was a scout for the Rays for the 2008-2009 seasons and has been serving as the Rays Minor League field coordinator since 2010.

The Minnesota Twins announced today their final coaching addition for the 2019 season. Former Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays coach Bill Evers will serve as Major League Coach under Manager Rocco Baldelli.

Evers, 64, will also assist with catching instruction at the Major League level. The New York native has spent over 30 years as a Major League coach, Minor League coach, Minor League manager and Minor League field coordinator for the Cubs, Yankees and Rays. Evers joined Tampa Bay during their inaugural season in 1998, and managed the Triple-A Durham Bulls from 1998-2005. He joined the Rays Major League staff for the 2006-2007 seasons as bench coach under Manager Joe Maddon. Evers was a scout for the Rays for the 2008-2009 seasons and has been serving as the Rays Minor League field coordinator since 2010.

Evers compiled a 1,381-1,206 record (.534) as a Minor League manager and with more than 2,500 games managed he ranks among all-time Minor League leaders.

2019 Minnesota Twins Coaching Staff:

Manager - Rocco Baldelli

Bench Coach - Derek Shelton

Pitching Coach - Wes Johnson

Hitting Coach - James Rowson

Third Base Coach / Infield - Tony Diaz

First Base Coach / Outfield - Tommy Watkins

Major League Coach / Catching - Bill Evers

Assistant Pitching Coach / Advance Process - Jeremy Hefner

Assistant Hitting Coach - Rudy Hernandez

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Twins add three to Major League roster

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN -- The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have added infielders Luis Arraez and Nick Gordon, and outfielder LaMonte Wade to their Major League roster.

Arraez, 21, split the 2018 season between Single-A Ft. Myers and Double-A Chattanooga, hitting .310 (126-for-406) with 20 doubles, three triples, three home runs, 36 RBI, 52 runs scored and a .361 on-base percentage in 108 games. The San Felipe, Venezuela native was signed by the Twins as an undrafted free agent in November of 2013. In five seasons in the Twins minor league system, he has hit .329 (400-for-1216) with 72 doubles, eight triples, six home runs, 137 RBI, 166 runs scored and a .381 on-base percentage in 313 games.

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN -- The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have added infielders Luis Arraez and Nick Gordon, and outfielder LaMonte Wade to their Major League roster.

Arraez, 21, split the 2018 season between Single-A Ft. Myers and Double-A Chattanooga, hitting .310 (126-for-406) with 20 doubles, three triples, three home runs, 36 RBI, 52 runs scored and a .361 on-base percentage in 108 games. The San Felipe, Venezuela native was signed by the Twins as an undrafted free agent in November of 2013. In five seasons in the Twins minor league system, he has hit .329 (400-for-1216) with 72 doubles, eight triples, six home runs, 137 RBI, 166 runs scored and a .381 on-base percentage in 313 games.

Gordon, 23, split last season between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Rochester, combining to hit .248 (135-for-544) with 23 doubles, seven triples, seven home runs, 49 RBI, 62 runs scored and 20 stolen bases in 141 games. Gordon, who is the son of former major league pitcher Tom "Flash" Gordon and younger brother of Seattle's Dee Gordon, was drafted by the Twins fifth overall in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. He entered 2018 as the eighth-best prospect in the Twins organization by Baseball America and second-best by MLB.com.

Wade, 24, split last season between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Rochester, hitting .257 (109-for-424) with 11 doubles, four triples, 11 home runs, 48 RBI, 10 stolen bases and a .360 on-base percentage in 120 games. The left-handed hitting outfielder was drafted by the Twins in the ninth round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Maryland. He entered the 2018 season as the 17th ranked prospect in the Twins minor league system by MLB.com.

The Twins have also made a minor league trade acquiring infielder Brian Schales from the Miami Marlins, in exchange for right-handed pitcher Nick Anderson. Schales was drafted by the Marlins in the fourth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Edison High School in Huntington Beach, California. Schales will be assigned to Triple-A Rochester.

Additionally, the Twins have granted right-handed pitcher Alan Busenitz his unconditional release, allowing him to be purchased by the Rakuten Eagles of the Nippon Professional Baseball League in Japan.

The Twins now have 38 players on their Major League roster.

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Twins announce Spring Training promos, Pick Five Plan

Single-game tickets on sale December 4 at 10 a.m. CT, Spring Training Pick Five Plan, season & group tickets on sale now

Minnesota Twins announced today the complete promotional schedule for their 2019 Spring Training campaign. The first Twins full squad workout will take place on Monday, February 18 in conjunction with the CenturyLink Sports Complex Open House.

The Twins' promotional schedule begins with Opening Night at CenturyLink Sports Complex on February 23. Following the game, all fans are invited to stay for our annual postgame fireworks display. The Twins will also host five Senior Days this season (February 23 and 25, and March 5, 11 and 20). With this special, fans 55 and older can purchase a ticket in our Home Plate View seating level that includes a hot dog and Pepsi for $28.

Minnesota Twins announced today the complete promotional schedule for their 2019 Spring Training campaign. The first Twins full squad workout will take place on Monday, February 18 in conjunction with the CenturyLink Sports Complex Open House.

The Twins' promotional schedule begins with Opening Night at CenturyLink Sports Complex on February 23. Following the game, all fans are invited to stay for our annual postgame fireworks display. The Twins will also host five Senior Days this season (February 23 and 25, and March 5, 11 and 20). With this special, fans 55 and older can purchase a ticket in our Home Plate View seating level that includes a hot dog and Pepsi for $28.

Other highlights include Minnesota Day on Sunday, March 3. All fans are invited to participate in the pre-game tailgate in the CenturyLink Sports Complex parking lot on Minnesota Day. Two collectible pin giveaway dates are scheduled for Friday, March 8 and Friday, March 15 for the first 3,000 fans.

New this season, the Twins will offer a Salute to Service promotion on three game dates (February 23, 26 and March 4). The Salute to Service promotion will allow active military, veterans, police officers, EMTs, firefighters & teachers the opportunity to purchase up to four tickets at half price in The Porch or Home Plate View seating levels. This offer will be sold exclusively at the Hammond Stadium Box Office with appropriate ID.

Also new this season, the Twins will offer a Spring Training Pick Five Plan. These mini ticket plans provide fans with the flexibility to select game dates from four categories at a discounted rate. The Pick Five Plan can be purchased now, ahead of the Spring Training single game on-sale, online at www.twinsbaseball.com or by calling 1-800-33-TWINS.

The Twins also offer Spring Training group ticket discounts for groups of 15 or more. The group discount is dependent on the number of tickets purchased (the larger your group, the bigger the discount). New this season, every group that exceeds 15 guests will receive 5 dollars off per ticket for any February game (excluding the Grandstand). Group discounts are not available for March 22, 24, and 25 games.

Spring Training season and group tickets, as well as the new Pick Five Plan, are on sale now. Single game tickets will go on sale December 4 at 10:00 am CT (11:00 am ET). Tickets can be purchased online at www.twinsbaseball.com or by calling 800-33-TWINS or 612-33-TWINS. The Hammond Stadium Box Office at CenturyLink Sports Complex will open for ticket sales on Saturday, January 5, 2019. Please visit www.twinsbaseball.com for more details.

*The complete 2019 Twins Spring Training promotional schedule is attached.

*All ticket promotions are subject to ticket availability.

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Twins announce 2019 Major League coaching assignments

Derek Shelton, James Rowson and Rudy Hernandez all to return in 2019

The Minnesota Twins announced their coaching staff for the 2019 season under new Manager Rocco Baldelli on Friday. Bench Coach Derek Shelton, Hitting Coach James Rowson, and Assistant Hitting Coach Rudy Hernandez will all remain in their roles for next season.

Joining Baldelli's coaching staff will be Pitching Coach Wes Johnson, Third Base Coach Tony Diaz, Assistant Pitching Coach Jeremy Hefner, and First Base Coach Tommy Watkins.

The Minnesota Twins announced their coaching staff for the 2019 season under new Manager Rocco Baldelli on Friday. Bench Coach Derek Shelton, Hitting Coach James Rowson, and Assistant Hitting Coach Rudy Hernandez will all remain in their roles for next season.

Joining Baldelli's coaching staff will be Pitching Coach Wes Johnson, Third Base Coach Tony Diaz, Assistant Pitching Coach Jeremy Hefner, and First Base Coach Tommy Watkins.

Johnson, 41, spent the last two seasons as the pitching coach for the University of Arkansas. He previously served as pitching coach at the collegiate level for Mississippi State University (2016), Dallas Baptist University (2012-15) and the University of Central Arkansas (2010-11). The Sherwood, Arkansas native helped lead Mississippi State to the 2016 SEC regular season title and reached the NCAA Super Regionals in his only season for the Bulldogs. Johnson began his coaching career at the high school and American Legion level and brings 21 years of coaching experience to Minnesota in 2019.

Diaz, 41, spent the last two seasons as first base coach for the Colorado Rockies. The Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native has spent 19 seasons as a major league coach, minor league coach and a supervisor within the Rockies organization. He spent four seasons as Rookie-Level Grand Junction's supervisor of development (2013-16), six seasons as manager between Grand Junction (2012) and Rookie-Level Casper (2007-11), six seasons as hitting coach for Casper (2001-06), and one season as hitting coach for the AZL Rockies (2000). In 2013, he was inducted to the Pioneer League Hall of Fame and named Colorado's Player Development "Man of the Year" in 2002. Additionally, Diaz authored the manual Practical English for Latin Players.

Hefner, 32, spent the last two seasons as a Major League Advance Scout within the Twins organization, a role in which he oversaw the Advance process and helped with the development of major league players. The Perkins, Oklahoma native pitched 11 seasons professionally, including two seasons in the major leagues with the New York Mets from 2012-13, going 8-15 with a 4.65 ERA (224.1 IP, 116 ER) in 50 games (36 starts). 

Watkins, 38, spent the 2018 season as manager for Single-A Ft. Myers and 2017 as manager for Double-A Chattanooga. He spent seven seasons as a hitting coach in the Twins system, including 2016 with Chattanooga and 2010-15 with Ft. Myers. He was selected by Minnesota in the 38th round of the 1998 First-Year Player Draft from Riverdale High School in Florida. He played 12 seasons in the Twins organization and appeared in nine games for the Twins in 2007, playing a majority at third base prior to being disabled with a lower abdominal strain in late August. He finished his minor league career hitting .248 with 134 doubles, 31 home runs, 290 RBI and 426 runs scored in the Twins system from 1998-2009.

The Twins are still looking to hire one additional coach.

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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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