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Twins sign Kepler and Polanco to five-year contract extensions

Ft. Myers, FL - The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have signed outfielder Max Kepler and shortstop Jorge Polanco to five-year contract extensions with club options.

 

Ft. Myers, FL - The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have signed outfielder Max Kepler and shortstop Jorge Polanco to five-year contract extensions with club options.

 

Kepler, 26, played a team-leading 156 games last season, posting 30 doubles, four triples, 20 home runs, 58 RBI, 80 runs scored, 71 walks and a .727 OPS. The Berlin, Germany native was originally signed by the Twins as a 16-year-old in 2009 and has spent parts of four seasons with Minnesota, compiling 82 doubles, eight triples, 56 home runs, 190 RBI and a .730 OPS in 419 career games. In 2018, he ranked third in the American League for games played in the outfield and was the recipient of the Jim Kaat Award for Twins Defensive Player of the Year. Over the course of his contract, Kepler is guaranteed $35 million over five seasons with a club option for the 2024 season.  

 

Polanco, 25, played in 77 games for the Twins last season, posting 18 doubles, three triples, six home runs, 42 RBI, 38 runs scored, 25 walks and a .773 OPS. The San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic native was also originally signed by the Twins as a 16-year-old in 2009. In 288 career games with Minnesota, he has hit 64 doubles, 11 triples and 23 home runs with 147 RBI, 125 runs scored, 25 stolen bases, 87 walks and a .749 OPS. Polanco is guaranteed $25.75 million over five seasons. The club controls options for the 2024 and 2025 seasons.

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Twins announce initial 2019 theme nights

First 25 theme nights revealed; exclusive premium items only available with theme night ticket package

Providing a personal connection beyond baseball, along with another element of fun to a night at the ballpark for fans of all ages, the Minnesota Twins today announced their first 25 scheduled theme nights for the 2019 regular season at Target Field. Fans can purchase tickets for 2019 theme night games at twinsbaseball.com/themenights, or by calling 1-800-33-TWINS. Theme night items are available exclusively with the purchase of a special theme night ticket package. Theme night packages are limited and expected to sell out.

From college pride to pop culture connections of today ("Game of Thrones"), yesterday (Ford Mustang) and timeless ("Star Wars"); from the serious (Cancer Awareness Night) to the silly (Zubazpalooza), all featuring a unique, Twins-themed item, the club's announced 2019 theme night lineup has something for nearly everyone.

Providing a personal connection beyond baseball, along with another element of fun to a night at the ballpark for fans of all ages, the Minnesota Twins today announced their first 25 scheduled theme nights for the 2019 regular season at Target Field. Fans can purchase tickets for 2019 theme night games at twinsbaseball.com/themenights, or by calling 1-800-33-TWINS. Theme night items are available exclusively with the purchase of a special theme night ticket package. Theme night packages are limited and expected to sell out.

From college pride to pop culture connections of today ("Game of Thrones"), yesterday (Ford Mustang) and timeless ("Star Wars"); from the serious (Cancer Awareness Night) to the silly (Zubazpalooza), all featuring a unique, Twins-themed item, the club's announced 2019 theme night lineup has something for nearly everyone.

A list of the Twins' current 2019 theme nights is below, with additional dates to be announced in the future. For more information, please visit twinsbaseball.com/themenights.

GAME OF THRONES NIGHT - April 12 vs. Detroit
• "Game of Thrones" Twins Flag

CLASS OF 2019 DAY - April 13 vs. Detroit
• Class of 2019 T-Shirt

MINNESOTA UNITED FC NIGHT - May 1 vs. Houston
• Co-branded United/Twins Cap

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA NIGHT - May 10 vs. Detroit
• Maroon & Gold Twins Cap featuring U of M logo

SCRUBS NIGHT - May 13 vs. Los Angeles-AL
• Twins Scrub Top

SKOL NIGHT - May 14 vs. Los Angeles-AL
• Twins Purple SKOL Beanie

NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY NIGHT, PRESENTED BY ALERUS - June 11 vs. Seattle
• Green & Yellow Twins Cap featuring NDSU logo

WINE, WOMEN AND BASEBALL #1 - June 17 vs. Boston
• Twins Tote Bag, along with a Pregame Hospitality Event hosted at Loews Minneapolis Hotel

GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS COLLEGE NIGHT - June 17 vs. Boston
• Black & Gold Twins Cap featuring Gustavus logo

UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS NIGHT - June 25 vs. Tampa Bay
• Gray & Purple Twins Cap featuring UST logo

STAR WARS NIGHT - June 26 vs. Tampa Bay
• Obi-Wan Kepleroni Bobblehead

MUSTANG DAY, PRESENTED BY FORD - June 27 vs. Tampa Bay
• Bobblehead of T.C. Bear in a 1964 Ford Mustang

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA NIGHT, PRESENTED BY ALERUS - July 18 vs. Oakland
• White & Green Twins Cap featuring UND logo

WINE, WOMEN AND BASEBALL #2 - July 19 vs. Oakland
• Twins Tote Bag, along with a Pregame Hospitality Event hosted at Loews Minneapolis Hotel

BIKE RODEO, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FRAMED BIKES - July 21 vs. Oakland
• Twins Bike Jersey

COLLEGE OF SAINT BENEDICT AND ST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY NIGHT - July 22 vs. New York-AL
• Red & White Twins Cap featuring CSB & SJU logos

PRIDE NIGHT - July 23 vs. New York-AL
• Twins Pride Denim Black Cap

CANCER AWARENESS NIGHT - August 5 vs. Atlanta
• Twins Cancer Awareness Caps (10 varieties) benefitting Cancer Support Organizations

MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY, MANKATO NIGHT - August 6 vs. Atlanta
• Gold & Purple Twins Cap featuring MNSU logo

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY NIGHT - August 8 vs. Cleveland
• Yellow & Blue Twins Cap featuring SDSU logo

WINE, WOMEN AND BASEBALL #3 - August 23 vs. Detroit
• Twins Tote Bag, along with a Pregame Hospitality Event hosted at Loews Minneapolis Hotel

MINNESOTA WILD NIGHT - September 10 vs. Washington
• Co-branded Wild/Twins Cap

PEANUTS™ NIGHT - September 12 vs. Washington
• Twins-themed Snoopy Collectable Bobblehead

LOVE YOUR MELON NIGHT - September 19 vs. Kansas City
• Limited Edition 5th Anniversary Twins Love Your Melon Beanie

ZUBAZPALOOZA - September 20 vs. Kansas City
• Twins Zubaz

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Twins announce 2019 Spring Training invites

The Minnesota Twins announced today that 20 players on minor league contracts have been invited to major league spring training in 2019.

Joining the Twins in Ft. Myers, Florida will be eight pitchers: left-handers Tim Collins and Justin Nicolino; right-handers Chase De Jong, Ryan Eades, Preston Guilmet, Ryne Harper, Mike Morin and Jake Reed; four catchers: Brian Navarreto, Ben Rortvedt, Wynston Sawyer and Tomás Telis; five infielders: Dean Anna, Randy César, Lucas Duda, Royce Lewis and Adam Rosales; and three outfielders: Alex Kirilloff, Luke Raley and Brent Rooker.

The Minnesota Twins announced today that 20 players on minor league contracts have been invited to major league spring training in 2019.

Joining the Twins in Ft. Myers, Florida will be eight pitchers: left-handers Tim Collins and Justin Nicolino; right-handers Chase De Jong, Ryan Eades, Preston Guilmet, Ryne Harper, Mike Morin and Jake Reed; four catchers: Brian Navarreto, Ben Rortvedt, Wynston Sawyer and Tomás Telis; five infielders: Dean Anna, Randy César, Lucas Duda, Royce Lewis and Adam Rosales; and three outfielders: Alex Kirilloff, Luke Raley and Brent Rooker.

Of the 20 players invited to camp, nine have major league service time: Dean Anna (New York-AL and St. Louis), Tim Collins (Kansas City and Washington), Chase De Jong (Seattle and Minnesota), Lucas Duda (New York-NL, Tampa Bay, Kansas City and Atlanta), Preston Guilmet (Cleveland, Baltimore, Tampa Bay, Milwaukee, St. Louis and Toronto), Mike Morin (Los Angeles-AL, Kansas City and Seattle), Justin Nicolino (Miami), Adam Rosales (Cincinnati, Oakland, Texas, San Diego, Arizona and Cleveland) and Tomás Telis (Texas and Miami).

Additionally, the Twins will have eight guest instructors during camp this year. The list includes Hall of Famers Rod Carew and Bert Blyleven, and former Twins Michael Cuddyer, LaTroy Hawkins, Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau, Joe Nathan and Tony Oliva.  

Twins pitchers and catchers are scheduled to begin their workouts on Thursday, February 14. The first full-squad workout is scheduled to take place on Monday, February 18. 

The Twins currently have 60 players scheduled to report to 2019 spring training.

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Twins sign Martín Pérez to one-year contract

Chase De Jong designated for release or assignment

The Minnesota Twins announced Wednesday that they have signed left-handed pitcher Martín Pérez to a one-year contract.

Pérez, 27, appeared 22 games (15 starts) for the Texas Rangers last season, going 2-7 with a 6.22 ERA (85.1 IP, 59 ER), 36 walks and 52 strikeouts. He began the season on the 10-day disabled list recovering from offseason right (non-throwing) elbow surgery. He missed more time on the disabled list from late April to mid-July with right elbow discomfort related to his offseason surgery.

The Guanare, Venezuela native was originally signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent in July 2007 and has pitched parts of seven seasons with Texas, going 43-49 with a 4.63 ERA (761.1 IP, 392 ER), three complete games, 270 walks and 462 strikeouts in 141 games (128 starts). Since 2016, he ranks seventh among American League left-handed pitchers in innings pitched with 469.0.

To make room for Pérez on the 40-man roster, the Twins have designated right-handed pitcher Chase De Jong for release or assignment. De Jong, who was acquired by the Twins during the 2018 season via trade with Seattle, made four starts for the Twins in 2018, going 1-1 with a 3.57 ERA (17.2 IP, 7 ER).

The Minnesota Twins announced Wednesday that they have signed left-handed pitcher Martín Pérez to a one-year contract.

Pérez, 27, appeared 22 games (15 starts) for the Texas Rangers last season, going 2-7 with a 6.22 ERA (85.1 IP, 59 ER), 36 walks and 52 strikeouts. He began the season on the 10-day disabled list recovering from offseason right (non-throwing) elbow surgery. He missed more time on the disabled list from late April to mid-July with right elbow discomfort related to his offseason surgery.

The Guanare, Venezuela native was originally signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent in July 2007 and has pitched parts of seven seasons with Texas, going 43-49 with a 4.63 ERA (761.1 IP, 392 ER), three complete games, 270 walks and 462 strikeouts in 141 games (128 starts). Since 2016, he ranks seventh among American League left-handed pitchers in innings pitched with 469.0.

To make room for Pérez on the 40-man roster, the Twins have designated right-handed pitcher Chase De Jong for release or assignment. De Jong, who was acquired by the Twins during the 2018 season via trade with Seattle, made four starts for the Twins in 2018, going 1-1 with a 3.57 ERA (17.2 IP, 7 ER).

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Joe Nathan and Jerry Bell elected to Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame

Nathan and Bell will become the 32nd and 33rd members of the Twins Hall of Fame

The Minnesota Twins announced today that former Twins right-handed pitcher Joe Nathan and former team President Jerry Bell have been elected to the club's Hall of Fame. Nathan and Bell will become the 32nd and 33rd members of the Twins Hall of Fame when they are inducted during separate, on-field pre-game ceremonies scheduled for Hall of Fame Weekend, Aug. 3-4 when the Twins host the Kansas City Royals at Target Field.

The Twins Hall of Fame, which honors players, managers, coaches and off-field personnel who have contributed to the organization's growth and success since Major League Baseball came to Minnesota in 1961, was created as part of the club's 40th Season Celebration in 2000. The inaugural class of Twins Hall of Famers-infielder Harmon Killebrew, infielder Rod Carew, outfielder Tony Oliva, first baseman Kent Hrbek, outfielder Kirby Puckett and owner Calvin Griffith-were inducted on August 12, 2000. Other inductees include: Broadcaster Herb Carneal and pitcher Jim Kaat (2001), pitcher Bert Blyleven (2002), manager Tom Kelly (2002), outfielder Bob Allison and long-time public address announcer Bob Casey (2003), catcher Earl Battey (2004), owner Carl Pohlad and pitcher Frank Viola (2005), shortstop Zoilo Versalles (2006), third baseman Gary Gaetti and farm director Jim Rantz (2007), pitcher Rick Aguilera (2008), farm and scouting director George Brophy and pitcher Brad Radke (2009), shortstop Greg Gagne (2010), pitcher Jim Perry (2011), pitcher Camilo Pascual (2012), pitcher Eddie Guardado and director of media relations Tom Mee (2013), second baseman Chuck Knoblauch (elected in 2014 but not inducted), radio broadcaster John Gordon and outfielder Torii Hunter (2016), outfielder Michael Cuddyer and general manager Andy MacPhail (2017), and pitcher Johan Santana (2018).

The Minnesota Twins announced today that former Twins right-handed pitcher Joe Nathan and former team President Jerry Bell have been elected to the club's Hall of Fame. Nathan and Bell will become the 32nd and 33rd members of the Twins Hall of Fame when they are inducted during separate, on-field pre-game ceremonies scheduled for Hall of Fame Weekend, Aug. 3-4 when the Twins host the Kansas City Royals at Target Field.

The Twins Hall of Fame, which honors players, managers, coaches and off-field personnel who have contributed to the organization's growth and success since Major League Baseball came to Minnesota in 1961, was created as part of the club's 40th Season Celebration in 2000. The inaugural class of Twins Hall of Famers-infielder Harmon Killebrew, infielder Rod Carew, outfielder Tony Oliva, first baseman Kent Hrbek, outfielder Kirby Puckett and owner Calvin Griffith-were inducted on August 12, 2000. Other inductees include: Broadcaster Herb Carneal and pitcher Jim Kaat (2001), pitcher Bert Blyleven (2002), manager Tom Kelly (2002), outfielder Bob Allison and long-time public address announcer Bob Casey (2003), catcher Earl Battey (2004), owner Carl Pohlad and pitcher Frank Viola (2005), shortstop Zoilo Versalles (2006), third baseman Gary Gaetti and farm director Jim Rantz (2007), pitcher Rick Aguilera (2008), farm and scouting director George Brophy and pitcher Brad Radke (2009), shortstop Greg Gagne (2010), pitcher Jim Perry (2011), pitcher Camilo Pascual (2012), pitcher Eddie Guardado and director of media relations Tom Mee (2013), second baseman Chuck Knoblauch (elected in 2014 but not inducted), radio broadcaster John Gordon and outfielder Torii Hunter (2016), outfielder Michael Cuddyer and general manager Andy MacPhail (2017), and pitcher Johan Santana (2018).

"The Pohlad family and entire Minnesota Twins organization would like to offer congratulations to Joe Nathan and Jerry Bell on their well-deserved election to the Twins Hall of Fame," Twins President & CEO Dave St. Peter said. "Joe and Jerry both made significant contributions to the Twins organization over an extended period of time. Election to the Twins Hall of Fame only further cements their place among the greats of this franchise."

Nathan pitched 16 seasons in the major leagues, including seven with the Twins from 2004-11. He finished his Twins career with a record of 24-13, a 2.16 ERA (463.1 IP, 111 ER), 134 walks, 561 strikeouts and a club-record 260 saves in 460 games. Nathan was named to the American League All-Star team four times for Minnesota and was the closer on three different American League Central Division championship teams. He was named the co-winner of the American League Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award with New York's Mariano Rivera in 2009 after saving a club-record 47 games. The Houston, Texas, native was originally drafted by San Francisco in the sixth round of the 1995 First-Year Player Draft and was acquired by the Twins as part of a four-player trade in exchange for catcher A.J. Pierzynski in November 2003. Nathan saved 35-plus games in six different seasons for Minnesota and led all of baseball in saves (246) over a six-season stretch from 2004-09.

Bell was named the third president in Twins history in January 1987. He spent 16 years as Minnesota's Chief Executive, helping lead the team's business operations, while he was instrumental in the Twins 1987 and 1991 World Championship seasons. During his tenure, Bell led the effort to ensure the long-term viability of the Minnesota Twins and specifically oversaw the development, design, construction and opening of Target Field in 2010. Other accomplishments include setting an American League attendance record in 1988, when the Twins became the first A.L. team to attract more than three million fans. He also led the development and construction of Minnesota's spring training facility, CenturyLink Sports Complex, located in Ft. Myers, Fla., which opened in 1991. In addition, Bell became the fourth recipient of the Herb Carneal Award in 2009 as presented by the Minnesota chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Nathan was elected by a 67-member committee consisting of local and national media, club officials, fans and past elected members, using rules similar to those necessary for election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. The 67-member committee annually considers "player" personnel for induction into the Twins Hall of Fame.

Bell was elected through the "Non-Player" Committee ballot, which consists of 27 voters; voting participants include all living Twins Hall of Famers, the current Twins President and Chief Baseball Officer, Twins Hall of Fame Committee members and Minnesota Baseball historians.

The Twins Hall of Fame membership is permanently displayed in the Hall of Fame Gallery on the Target Field Suite Level, as well as on Target Plaza and in the Minor League Clubhouse at the CenturyLink Sports Complex in Ft. Myers, Fla.

As part of the Twins Hall of Fame Weekend celebration, the first 10,000 fans in attendance at Target Field on Saturday, Aug. 3 will receive a Joe Nathan Hall of Fame bobblehead. The first 5,000 fans to enter on Sunday, Aug. 4 will receive Jerry Bell and Joe Nathan Hall of Fame pins.

Single-game tickets to the Twins Hall of Fame induction games and all Twins home games are on-sale now and are available via twinsbaseball.com, by calling (612) 33-TWINS, (800) 33-TWINS or in-person at the Target Field Box Office.

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Twins 2019 single-game tickets on sale January 22 at 10:00 am

Home slate includes Opening Day on March 28, 'Joe Mauer Day' on June 15 and season-high 16 August games; Special ticket offers for 2019 also announced

The Minnesota Twins today announced that single-game tickets for the 2019 regular season will go on sale Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 10:00 a.m. Fans can purchase single-game tickets for all Twins home games at Target Field, including Opening Day March 28 vs. Cleveland, at twinsbaseball.com, using MLB Ballpark app, calling 1-800-33-TWINS, or by visiting the main ticket office located near Gate 29 at Target Field. Additionally, the Twins have announced their special ticket offers for 2019.

The Twins open a season at home for the 23rd time in Minnesota history, hosting the Cleveland Indians on March 28-31 in the major league managerial debut for Rocco Baldelli. Other highlights of Minnesota's 2019 home schedule include "Joe Mauer Day" on June 15 against Kansas City, a three-game series with the defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox (June 17-19), Twins Hall of Fame Weekend (Aug. 3-4 vs. the Royals) and 42 contests between Memorial Day (May 27) and Labor Day (Sept. 2). Additionally, the Twins will play 10 home Interleague games, hosting regional rival Milwaukee (May 27-28), along with National League East foes New York (July 16-17), Atlanta (Aug. 5-7) and Washington (Sept. 10-12).

The Minnesota Twins today announced that single-game tickets for the 2019 regular season will go on sale Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 10:00 a.m. Fans can purchase single-game tickets for all Twins home games at Target Field, including Opening Day March 28 vs. Cleveland, at twinsbaseball.com, using MLB Ballpark app, calling 1-800-33-TWINS, or by visiting the main ticket office located near Gate 29 at Target Field. Additionally, the Twins have announced their special ticket offers for 2019.

The Twins open a season at home for the 23rd time in Minnesota history, hosting the Cleveland Indians on March 28-31 in the major league managerial debut for Rocco Baldelli. Other highlights of Minnesota's 2019 home schedule include "Joe Mauer Day" on June 15 against Kansas City, a three-game series with the defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox (June 17-19), Twins Hall of Fame Weekend (Aug. 3-4 vs. the Royals) and 42 contests between Memorial Day (May 27) and Labor Day (Sept. 2). Additionally, the Twins will play 10 home Interleague games, hosting regional rival Milwaukee (May 27-28), along with National League East foes New York (July 16-17), Atlanta (Aug. 5-7) and Washington (Sept. 10-12).

The Twins busiest home month comes in August, with 16 games at Target Field, including three weekend series and the club's longest homestand of the season, a 10-gamer Aug. 2-11 (featuring Kansas City, Atlanta and Cleveland). Additionally, the Twins are slated to play three home games in March (including the earliest home opener in Minnesota history), 12 in April, 13 in May, 12 in June, 12 in July and 13 in September. Minnesota plays each of its American League Central Division rivals 19 times apiece: Chicago (9 home/10 away), Cleveland (10 home/9 away), Detroit (9 home/10 away) and Kansas City (10 home/9 away).

Special ticket offers for the 2019 season are listed on the following page. Promotions will be released monthly throughout the season and will be available at twinsbaseball.com/promotions.

SPECIAL TICKET OFFERS

SUNDAYS

  • 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 get free autographs from a Twins player. Postgame, kids can run the bases courtesy of Twin Cities Orthopedics.


MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS 

  • U.S. Bank Meal Deal 
  • Every Monday and Tuesday, purchase a U.S. Bank Home Run Porch View or Field Box High ticket and receive a FREE Schweigert™ hot dog and Pepsi.  

 

WEDNESDAYS 

  • Student Day presented by Rasmussen College
  • Every Wednesday, Ballpark Access tickets are just $5 for students-also available through mobile delivery! Plus students can download a free Metro Transit ride pass. 
  • Schweigert™ Dollar -A-Dog Day 
  • Every Wednesday, hot dogs are just $1 at the Hennepin Grille and Taste of Twins Territory concession stands. 

 

FRIDAYS 

  • Friday Night Fireworks presented by Securian Financial
  • Postgame fireworks every Friday night game from June through August.
  • All You Can Eat presented by FOX Sports North
  • On select Fridays, enjoy the All You Can Eat package which includes a Grandstand ticket and access to unlimited ballpark favorites. (Available exclusively on 4/26, 5/24, 6/14, 7/5, 8/2 and 9/6. Visit twinsbaseball.com/AYCE for complete details.)

SEASON-LONG TICKET SPECIALS

Treasure Island Resort & Casino Senior Days
Fans 55 and better receive a $5 discount on Field Box, Treasure Island Cove and Left Field Bleacher tickets for all weekday day games. (Not available 3/28.)

Cub Family Section with media partner FOX Sports North
Tickets in the alcohol-free family section include a FREE Schweigert™ hot dog and Pepsi. 

Military Discount presented by FOX Sports North
Active military members or veterans with a valid ID plus up to three guests receive half-price Diamond Box High or Home Plate View tickets every Monday through Thursday game. (Not available 3/28.)

Split the Pot Raffle
Every home game, the Minnesota Twins Split the Pot Raffle benefits the Twins Community Fund. One lucky winner will take home a share of the proceeds from that day's raffle.

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Twins acquire Daniel Ozoria from Los Angeles-AL in exchange for John Curtiss

The Minnesota Twins announced Tuesday that they have acquired minor league infielder Daniel Ozoria from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for right-handed pitcher John Curtiss.

Ozoria, 18, split the 2018 season between Rookie-Level AZL Angels and Rookie-Level Orem, combining to hit .195 (39-for-200) with three doubles, one triple, 12 RBI, 15 runs scored, six stolen bases and a .248 on-base percentage in 51 games.

The Minnesota Twins announced Tuesday that they have acquired minor league infielder Daniel Ozoria from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for right-handed pitcher John Curtiss.

Ozoria, 18, split the 2018 season between Rookie-Level AZL Angels and Rookie-Level Orem, combining to hit .195 (39-for-200) with three doubles, one triple, 12 RBI, 15 runs scored, six stolen bases and a .248 on-base percentage in 51 games.

The Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native was signed by the Angels as an undrafted free agent in August of 2016 and has played in 111 career games over two seasons in the Los Angeles system, hitting .222 (93-for-419) with nine doubles, four triples, 34 RBI, 46 runs scored, 27 stolen bases and a .293 on-base percentage.

Curtiss, who was designated for release or assignment on Monday to make room for right-handed pitcher Blake Parker, appeared in 17 career games for the Twins over the last two seasons, going 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA (15.0 IP, 12 ER), six walks and 17 strikeouts.

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Twins acquire Daniel Ozoria from Los Angeles-AL in exchange for John Curtiss

The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have acquired minor league infielder Daniel Ozoria from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for right-handed pitcher John Curtiss.

Ozoria, 18, split the 2018 season between Rookie-Level AZL Angels and Rookie-Level Orem, combining to hit .195 (39-for-200) with three doubles, one triple, 12 RBI, 15 runs scored, six stolen bases and a .248 on-base percentage in 51 games.

The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have acquired minor league infielder Daniel Ozoria from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for right-handed pitcher John Curtiss.

Ozoria, 18, split the 2018 season between Rookie-Level AZL Angels and Rookie-Level Orem, combining to hit .195 (39-for-200) with three doubles, one triple, 12 RBI, 15 runs scored, six stolen bases and a .248 on-base percentage in 51 games.

The Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native was signed by the Angels as an undrafted free agent in August of 2016 and has played in 111 career games over two seasons in the Los Angeles system, hitting .222 (93-for-419) with nine doubles, four triples, 34 RBI, 46 runs scored, 27 stolen bases and a .293 on-base percentage.

Curtiss, who was designated for release or assignment on Monday to make room for right-handed pitcher Blake Parker, appeared in 17 career games for the Twins over the last two seasons, going 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA (15.0 IP, 12 ER), six walks and 17 strikeouts.

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Twins sign Blake Parker to one-year contract

John Curtiss designated for release or assignment

The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have signed right-handed pitcher Blake Parker to a one-year contract.

Parker, 33, appeared in 67 games for the Los Angeles Angels last season, going 2-1 with a 3.26 ERA (66.1 IP, 24 ER), 19 walks, 70 strikeouts and a team-leading 14 saves in 17 opportunities.  

The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have signed right-handed pitcher Blake Parker to a one-year contract.

Parker, 33, appeared in 67 games for the Los Angeles Angels last season, going 2-1 with a 3.26 ERA (66.1 IP, 24 ER), 19 walks, 70 strikeouts and a team-leading 14 saves in 17 opportunities.  

The Fayetteville, Ark. native was originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 16th round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Arkansas. He has played parts of six seasons in the major leagues with the Cubs, Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees and Angels, combining for a record of 8-7 with a 3.29 ERA (224.1 IP, 82 ER), 24 saves, 68 walks, 256 strikeouts and a .229 opponent batting average. Since the beginning of the 2017 season, Parker ranks tied for seventh in the American League in appearances (138) and tied for 12th in strikeouts among relievers (156).

To make room for Parker on the 40-man roster, the Twins have designated right-handed pitcher John Curtiss for release or assignment. Curtiss, who was drafted by the Twins in the sixth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, appeared in eight games for Minnesota last season, going 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA (6.1 IP, 4 ER), four walks and seven strikeouts.

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Minor League staff assignments

The Minnesota Twins announced Monday that their minor league managerial and coaching positions have been filled for the 2019 season.

Joel Skinner returns for his second season managing the Twins Triple-A affiliate Rochester Red Wings. Prior to joining the Twins, Skinner managed in the White Sox organization from 2012-16, with Triple-A Charlotte and Single-A Winston-Salem. Skinner has more than 14 seasons of professional managerial experience, including managing the Indians on an interim basis in 2002. Stu Cliburn returns as Rochester's pitching coach for the fourth consecutive year and his 28th season in the Twins organization. Javier Valentín will serve as Rochester's hitting coach, marking his fifth season as a coach in the Twins organization, having previously served as a hitting coach for the Twins Double-A affiliate over the last two seasons. Mike McCarthy will serve his second season as the Red Wings bullpen coach. Chris Johnson will spend his second season as the Red Wings trainer, and 14th in the Twins organization. Jacob Dean will serve as the Red Wings strength and conditioning coach.

The Minnesota Twins announced Monday that their minor league managerial and coaching positions have been filled for the 2019 season.

Joel Skinner returns for his second season managing the Twins Triple-A affiliate Rochester Red Wings. Prior to joining the Twins, Skinner managed in the White Sox organization from 2012-16, with Triple-A Charlotte and Single-A Winston-Salem. Skinner has more than 14 seasons of professional managerial experience, including managing the Indians on an interim basis in 2002. Stu Cliburn returns as Rochester's pitching coach for the fourth consecutive year and his 28th season in the Twins organization. Javier Valentín will serve as Rochester's hitting coach, marking his fifth season as a coach in the Twins organization, having previously served as a hitting coach for the Twins Double-A affiliate over the last two seasons. Mike McCarthy will serve his second season as the Red Wings bullpen coach. Chris Johnson will spend his second season as the Red Wings trainer, and 14th in the Twins organization. Jacob Dean will serve as the Red Wings strength and conditioning coach.

Ramon Borrego will begin his first year as a manager for the Twins new Double-A affiliate Pensacola Blue Wahoos. This will be Borrego's ninth professional job as manager, after spending 2018 with Single-A Ft. Myers. Cibney Bello and Justin Willard will serve as the club's pitching coaches after splitting the same position for Single-A Cedar Rapids in 2018. Steve Singleton will begin his first season as hitting coach for the Wahoos and his fourth season as coach in the Twins system. Davey LaCroix will serve his first season as trainer for the Wahoos and his fourth overall as a trainer in the Twins system, having spent 2018 with Ft. Myers. Travis Koon will serve as the Wahoos strength and conditioning coach.

Toby Gardenhire will enter his first season as manager at Single-A Ft. Myers and second season as a professional manager, spending 2018 at Single-A Cedar Rapids. Matt Borgschulte will begin his first season as hitting coach at Ft. Myers after spending 2018 with the GCL Twins in that capacity. Luis Ramirez will serve as the club's pitching coach after four seasons at Rookie-Level Elizabethton. Frank Jagoda will serve as coach for the Miracle after a season as the Twins minor league rehab pitching coach. Ben Myers will begin his first season as the Miracle trainer and Chuck Bradway will serve as strength and conditioning coach, his second in the Twins system.

Brian Dinkelman will manage Single-A Cedar Rapids, marking his first professional managerial job. He spent 2018 as hitting coach for the Kernels. Virgil Vasquez will serve as the club's pitching coach, marking his fifth season as a pitching coach in the Twins system. Ryan Smith will begin his first season as hitting coach for Cedar Rapids, having spent 2018 with the College of Central Florida. Former Twins infielder Luis Rodriguez will serve as a coach for the Kernels, his third season coaching in the Twins system. Tyler Blair begins his first season as a trainer for the Kernels and Kyle Kelly joins from the University of Notre Dame and will serve as strength and conditioning coach.

Ray Smith returns as manager for the Rookie Level Elizabethton Twins. Smith, who will be in his 33rd season on staff for Elizabethton (26th as manager), has a career managerial record of 1,015-667 (.603) with 14 first place finishes in 24 seasons. Richard Salazar will serve as Elizabethton's pitching coach after splitting 2018 between Double-A Chattanooga and the GCL Twins. Jeff Reed returns to Elizabethton for his 18th season as hitting coach. Takashi Miyoshi returns to the staff as a coach, his second season with the E-Twins. Matt Kalies will be Elizabethton's trainer and Connor Derrickson joins the Twins and will serve as strength and conditioning coach.

Robbie Robinson will begin his first season in the Twins system as manager of the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League Twins. Robinson spent 2018 managing the DSL Twins, his first season in the organization. Zach Bove and Carlos Hernandez will split the pitching coach duties. Hernandez was with the DSL Twins in 2018 and Bove was an assistant coach at the College of Central Florida. Micheal Thomas, Nate Rasmussen and Caleb Abney will split the hitting coach duties, with Thomas coming from Ft. Myers, Rasmussen from the University of Northern Colorado, and Abney from Austin Peay State University. Cesar Castillo will join as the club's strength coach and Asja Morello will join as the club's trainer.

Seth Feldman will manage the Dominican Summer League Twins, his first season in the Twins organization, previously spending time with the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse as an assistant coach. Kevin Rodriguez and Dan Urbina will serve as DSL Twins pitching coaches, while Leury Bonilla and Jairo Rodriguez will be the team's hitting coaches. Jimmy Alvarez will serve as coach. Carlos Frías and Wladimir Morales will serve as the club's trainers, while Juan Carlos Pinto and Miguel Cabrera will be the strength and conditioning coaches.

In addition, Edgar Varela will serve his second season as Twins minor league field coordinator. Pete Maki will serve his second season as pitching coordinator. J.P. Martinez returns for his fifth season with the Twins and second as assistant pitching coordinator. Former Rochester Manager Mike Quade returns for his fifth season in the Twins system, his second as outfield coordinator. Billy Boyer joins the Twins from Seattle University as the minor league infield and baserunning coordinator. Peter Fatse will begin his first season with the club as the hitting coordinator. Tanner Swanson will serve as catching coordinator for the second straight season. Sam Perlozzo and Bob McClure will serve as senior advisors to player development, marking Perlozzo's first in this role and McClure's second. Chad Jackson enters his 18th season with the Twins as minor league medical coordinator. David Rak will serve as minor league strength and conditioning coordinator. Axel Lopez will serve his second season as Latin American medical coordinator. Peter Larson joins the Twins as rehab pitching coach. Jose Marzan returns as Latin American operations coordinator. Tyler Schmitz will serve his second season in the organization as minor league video coordinator. Brian Maloney enters his third season as senior manager of minor league operations, while Alex Hassan returns as assistant director of minor league operations. Matt Cheesman will serve his first season as minor league equipment manager. Rafael Yanez and Brad McKenney both return as assistants, Florida operations. Victor Gonzalez will serve as Florida operations manager, marking his second season.

Former Twins great Tony Oliva will continue in his role as hitting coach, in addition to his community relations activities with the club.
 

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Fox Sports North, Entercom's WCCO Radio and Treasure Island Baseball Network team up to broadcast Twins Spring Training games

FOX Sports North to televise 11 games, Entercom's WCCO Radio to broadcast 15 games, while Treasure Island Baseball Network to broadcast 20 games

FOX Sports North, Entercom's News Talk 830 WCCO and the Treasure Island Baseball Network (TIBN) announced Thursday that the 2019 Minnesota Twins Spring Training telecast and radio broadcast schedules. FOX Sports North will telecast 11 games, while Entercom's News Talk 830 WCCO will air 15 contests and the Treasure Island Baseball Network will broadcast 20 games.  
 
The 20 broadcasts will feature a mixture of play-by-play descriptions and analysis from TIBN radio broadcasters Cory Provus and Dan Gladden, FOX Sports North broadcasters Dick Bremer and Baseball Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven, as well as the Twins play-by-play debut of Marney Gellner. Gellner's three broadcasts on Friday, March 1, Sunday, March 3 and Monday, March 4 will be simulcast on FOX Sports North, News Talk 830 WCCO and TIBN.

Eleven of the Minnesota Twins Spring Training games will appear on TV, beginning with a 12:00 p.m. CT telecast on Friday, March 1 when the Twins face the reigning World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. There will be seven simulcasts featuring a combination of FOX Sports North cameras, graphics and replays, accompanied by analysis and play-by-play from Gladden and Bremer, Gellner or Provus. Additionally, ESPN will nationally broadcast a 12:00 p.m. CT game on Thursday, March 7 when the Twins visit the Red Sox at Jet Blue Park.

FOX Sports North, Entercom's News Talk 830 WCCO and the Treasure Island Baseball Network (TIBN) announced Thursday that the 2019 Minnesota Twins Spring Training telecast and radio broadcast schedules. FOX Sports North will telecast 11 games, while Entercom's News Talk 830 WCCO will air 15 contests and the Treasure Island Baseball Network will broadcast 20 games.  
 
The 20 broadcasts will feature a mixture of play-by-play descriptions and analysis from TIBN radio broadcasters Cory Provus and Dan Gladden, FOX Sports North broadcasters Dick Bremer and Baseball Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven, as well as the Twins play-by-play debut of Marney Gellner. Gellner's three broadcasts on Friday, March 1, Sunday, March 3 and Monday, March 4 will be simulcast on FOX Sports North, News Talk 830 WCCO and TIBN.

Eleven of the Minnesota Twins Spring Training games will appear on TV, beginning with a 12:00 p.m. CT telecast on Friday, March 1 when the Twins face the reigning World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. There will be seven simulcasts featuring a combination of FOX Sports North cameras, graphics and replays, accompanied by analysis and play-by-play from Gladden and Bremer, Gellner or Provus. Additionally, ESPN will nationally broadcast a 12:00 p.m. CT game on Thursday, March 7 when the Twins visit the Red Sox at Jet Blue Park.

Entercom's News Talk 830 WCCO will begin its broadcast schedule at 12:00 p.m. CT on Sunday, February 24 as the Twins close out the opening weekend of the Spring Training slate against the Boston Red Sox. The broadcast on Tuesday, February 26 will feature a special presentation dedicated to community initiatives and baseball/softball across the Upper Midwest hosted by WCCO's own Dave Lee and Chad Hartman. In addition, WCCO's morning show, hosted by Lee, will air live from the 3rd baseline of Hammond Stadium at the CenturyLink Sports Complex from February 25 to March 1, with weekday broadcasts from 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. CT including player interviews and features each day from Ft. Myers, Fla. Lee's broadcasts will stream live on wccoradio.com and Radio.com, with additional content available on Facebook and Twitter.

All 20 Spring Training broadcasts are available to be streamed using a free MLB.com account at twinsbaseball.com.

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New features announced for TwinsFest presented by Kwik Trip

Joe Mauer, Nelson Cruz highlight autograph sessions; further features include curling with Olympic Gold Medalist John Shuster

The Minnesota Twins and the Twins Community Fund today announced additional plans for all three days of TwinsFest 2019 presented by Kwik Trip. Held at Target Field from Friday, Jan. 25 through Sunday, Jan. 27, TwinsFest presented by Kwik Trip provides fans with exclusive and intimate baseball experiences throughout the course of the weekend.

On Friday, join the Minnesota Twins in congratulating franchise icon Joe Mauer on his recent retirement. The 2009 American League Most Valuable Player, six-time A.L. All-Star, five-time Silver Slugger Award winner and three-time Gold Glove Award recipient, who spent his entire 15-year major league career with Minnesota, is the only catcher in baseball history to win three league batting titles. The Saint Paul native, who will have his uniform number 7 retired by the Twins on June 15, will be available for a limited time during TwinsFest. Mauer will participate in autograph sessions on Friday and Saturday, as well as a photo session on Friday evening. Fans will also have the opportunity to bid online for a white glove archive tour with Joe and Twins curator, Clyde Doepner, beginning January 14 at twinsbaseball.com/MauerWGAT.

The Minnesota Twins and the Twins Community Fund today announced additional plans for all three days of TwinsFest 2019 presented by Kwik Trip. Held at Target Field from Friday, Jan. 25 through Sunday, Jan. 27, TwinsFest presented by Kwik Trip provides fans with exclusive and intimate baseball experiences throughout the course of the weekend.

On Friday, join the Minnesota Twins in congratulating franchise icon Joe Mauer on his recent retirement. The 2009 American League Most Valuable Player, six-time A.L. All-Star, five-time Silver Slugger Award winner and three-time Gold Glove Award recipient, who spent his entire 15-year major league career with Minnesota, is the only catcher in baseball history to win three league batting titles. The Saint Paul native, who will have his uniform number 7 retired by the Twins on June 15, will be available for a limited time during TwinsFest. Mauer will participate in autograph sessions on Friday and Saturday, as well as a photo session on Friday evening. Fans will also have the opportunity to bid online for a white glove archive tour with Joe and Twins curator, Clyde Doepner, beginning January 14 at twinsbaseball.com/MauerWGAT.

New at TwinsFest, fans can test their skills in Twins-branded street curling. On Friday only, meet Olympic Curling Gold Medalist John Shuster as he teaches Twins players and fans the art of curling in the new Play. Create. Compete. area presented by Pentair.

Hosted in Bat & Barrel, the TwinsFest Taproom presented by Goose Island is back. Featuring a selection of craft beers and delicious food, the TwinsFest Taproom is the perfect place for friends and families to connect. Here you can also compete against Twins players on the FOX Sports North Stage in new games including Pictionary, Epic or Fail, and Headbandz. Fans will also have the opportunity to participate in the first-ever Bubblegum Wall. With the purchase of a bucket of bubblegum, they can win prizes ranging from autographed baseballs, game tickets and a chance to watch a Twins game from CATCH.

Fans will also be able to test their skills with golf professionals at the Topgolf simulator. In addition, located in the Twins clubhouse, the Digital Clubhouse presented by U.S. Bank will feature a new photo opportunity that captures fans in a unique, 180-degree Experiential Photo Op presented by Securian Financial.

Back by popular demand, Brunch with T.C. will also be returning for its third year on Sunday only.

Exclusively on Sunday, fans will have the opportunity to meet and participate in two autograph sessions with new Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz. The Dominican Republic native, who leads the majors with 203 home runs since 2014, has been named to the A.L. All-Star team six times in his career, including in five of the last six seasons.

Fans attending TwinsFest can also purchase tickets for all Twins 2019 Spring Training games at Hammond Stadium and regular season contests at Target Field.

TwinsFest presented by Kwik Trip runs Friday, Jan. 25 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will include more than 40 current, former and future Twins players and coaches throughout the weekend. Visit www.twinsbaseball.com/twinsfest for more information and to purchase tickets.

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Minnesota Twins to retire Joe Mauer's number 7 on June 15

Franchise icon to be honored prior to 'Joe Mauer Day' contest vs. the Royals; Commemorative Mauer bobblehead series also revealed

Honoring the singular career of an all-time franchise great, the Minnesota Twins announced Tuesday that Joe Mauer's uniform number 7 will be retired in a pregame ceremony at Target Field on "Joe Mauer Day," Saturday, June 15. Further details about the event, which takes place prior to the Twins' 6:10 p.m. contest against Kansas City, are forthcoming.

Additionally, the Twins revealed plans for a series of four giveaway bobbleheads commemorating Mauer's storied path from local prep stardom to American League Most Valuable Player and franchise icon, along with an exclusive fifth bobblehead available only to those who purchase a "Mauer Bobblehead Four-Pack" (on-sale beginning Thursday, Jan. 17 at 10:00 a.m.).

Honoring the singular career of an all-time franchise great, the Minnesota Twins announced Tuesday that Joe Mauer's uniform number 7 will be retired in a pregame ceremony at Target Field on "Joe Mauer Day," Saturday, June 15. Further details about the event, which takes place prior to the Twins' 6:10 p.m. contest against Kansas City, are forthcoming.

Additionally, the Twins revealed plans for a series of four giveaway bobbleheads commemorating Mauer's storied path from local prep stardom to American League Most Valuable Player and franchise icon, along with an exclusive fifth bobblehead available only to those who purchase a "Mauer Bobblehead Four-Pack" (on-sale beginning Thursday, Jan. 17 at 10:00 a.m.).

Joe Mauer Day - June 15, 2019
From his major league debut on Opening Day 2004 through the 2018 season finale - a stellar 15-year big league career, spent all in Minnesota - Joe Mauer proudly wore the number 7 Twins jersey. On Saturday, June 15, he will become the eighth Twins player or manager to have his number retired by the organization as part of "Joe Mauer Day" at Target Field. In addition, the Twins, in conjunction with all of Major League Baseball, retired Jackie Robinson's No. 42 in 1997.

The first 20,000 fans in attendance at Target Field on Saturday, June 15 will receive a special, No. 7 baseball cap. 

Mauer Bobblehead Four-Pack
The "Mauer Bobblehead Four-Pack" ticket package provides entrance to all four 2019 Target Field dates on which the Twins will give out 10,000 each of a set of four commemorative Joe Mauer bobbleheads (those purchasing the package must still be among the required first number of fans entering the ballpark to receive the giveaway), along with guaranteed receipt of an exclusive fifth statuette depicting Joe's improbable, behind-the-net catch on June 10, 2010. 

May 24 vs. Chicago White Sox - The first in the bobblehead series features Mauer's signature swing, as depicted in the Cretin-Derham Hall High School "Raiders" jersey in which he hit .567.

July 19 vs. Oakland - The second takes us back to April 5, 2004, when a 21-year-old Mauer was the Twins' starting catcher in his major league debut, going 2-for-3 in a 7-4, Opening Day victory over Cleveland at the Metrodome.

Aug. 24 vs. Detroit - The third honors the legacy of Mauer's sensational 2009 season, in which he captured the American League MVP, Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards for the AL Central champion Twins.

Sept. 7 vs. Cleveland - The last in the series commemorates the final game of Mauer's career, Sept. 30, 2018 - a day that will forever be remembered in Twins lore.

Together, the base of the four gate giveaway bobbleheads form a number "7".

Beginning Thursday, Jan. 17 at 10:00 a.m., fans may purchase the "Mauer Bobblehead Four-Pack" by calling 1-800-33-TWINS or online at www.twinsbaseball.com/mauer. Single-game tickets for the entire 2019 home schedule will go on sale Jan. 22. 

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Minnesota Twins announce enhancements to Target Field batter's eye for 2019

Ballpark's new batter's eye will be first in Major League Baseball to feature 'living wall' system

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN. - Bringing a unique element to an essential ballpark staple, the Minnesota Twins today unveiled plans for a new, "living wall" system for the Target Field batter's eye. The batter's eye design, which is the first of its kind in Major League Baseball, will enhance the aesthetics of the center field hitter's backdrop, without compromising playability.

The Target Field living wall system, which at 2,280 square feet will be among the largest in the continental United States, will incorporate approximately 5,700 sea green juniper plants, individually installed and secured in a tiered, multiple-tray system attached to the existing batter's eye wall structure. Together, the junipers will create a consistent, stationary background of lush greenery, without variations in color or texture, to provide both beauty and a world-class hitter's backdrop.

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN. - Bringing a unique element to an essential ballpark staple, the Minnesota Twins today unveiled plans for a new, "living wall" system for the Target Field batter's eye. The batter's eye design, which is the first of its kind in Major League Baseball, will enhance the aesthetics of the center field hitter's backdrop, without compromising playability.

The Target Field living wall system, which at 2,280 square feet will be among the largest in the continental United States, will incorporate approximately 5,700 sea green juniper plants, individually installed and secured in a tiered, multiple-tray system attached to the existing batter's eye wall structure. Together, the junipers will create a consistent, stationary background of lush greenery, without variations in color or texture, to provide both beauty and a world-class hitter's backdrop.

Consistent with the Minnesota Twins' longstanding commitment to sustainability, the Target Field living wall batter's eye will be self-irrigated via Pentair's rainwater recycle system. The junipers will be installed each March and removed at season's end, to be stored locally within a nursery for winter care. Manufactured by industry leader Green Living Technologies, International, out of Rochester, N.Y, the Target Field living wall system will be installed by Boston-based CityScapes.

"The Minnesota Twins are excited about plans to install one of the world's largest living walls at Target Field," Twins President & CEO Dave St. Peter said. "Since the removal of the original trees, which were part of Target Field's batter's eye in 2010, the Twins have been searching for the right solution which balances playability and aesthetics. We believe the living wall concept delivers on both fronts, while further enhancing the ballpark's sustainability platform."

Installation of the living wall system is scheduled to begin the week of January 21 and will be completed before the Twins 2019 season opener, March 28 against the Cleveland Indians.

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Minnesota Twins announce ballpark enhancements for 2019 season

Gate 34 will expand to include new facilities inside the gate and enhance the fan experience

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN. -- The Minnesota Twins today unveiled plans to reconfigure Gate 34 at Target Field for the 2019 season. The new design will enhance ingress and egress while creating a new must-visit destination for fans inside the revised gate line.

The renovation calls for expansion and reconfiguration of the Gate 34 structure, providing two additional entry points (20 total) to maximize fan access and decrease crowd congestion on the exterior of the facility. Expansion of the attached canopy will in turn provide weather protection during security searches and ticket verification activation. The existing topiaries and secondary planters on the north and south side of the plaza will be removed and the remaining footprint will be replaced with green scape. Original planter walls will be top clad with wood to provide alternative seating options for guests. The fan favorite "Golden Glove" sculpture will be moved on the outside north end of the gates and lowered to plaza grade for easier fan accessibility.

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN. -- The Minnesota Twins today unveiled plans to reconfigure Gate 34 at Target Field for the 2019 season. The new design will enhance ingress and egress while creating a new must-visit destination for fans inside the revised gate line.

The renovation calls for expansion and reconfiguration of the Gate 34 structure, providing two additional entry points (20 total) to maximize fan access and decrease crowd congestion on the exterior of the facility. Expansion of the attached canopy will in turn provide weather protection during security searches and ticket verification activation. The existing topiaries and secondary planters on the north and south side of the plaza will be removed and the remaining footprint will be replaced with green scape. Original planter walls will be top clad with wood to provide alternative seating options for guests. The fan favorite "Golden Glove" sculpture will be moved on the outside north end of the gates and lowered to plaza grade for easier fan accessibility.

The revised Gate 34 design results in the addition of more than 9,300 square feet of new space inside the ballpark. Included in that space will be approximately 5,600 square feet of turf, making it an inviting destination for fan activities before, during and after Target Field events. Seating, stand up tables, lawn games, and additional activations will provide fans with flexible options and enhanced mobility around the plaza, and will also be an alternative area for kids to play in a friendly setting. 

In addition, the Gate 34 renovations include construction of a new multi-use structure with canopies inside the gate line giving guests approximately 2,800 square feet of extended shade and/or shelter. The "Market" at Gate 34 will be a multifunctional, versatile space that will provide access to various merchants from across Twins Territory while also accommodating activities such as autograph signings, food and beverage options and added entertainment. 

"The Twins are excited about the new Gate 34 design and how it will further enhance fan experience at Target Field," said Twins President & CEO Dave St. Peter. "Gate 34 has always been the ballpark's "front door" and we are confident the new design will result in better fan access while also creating a dynamic new space for fans to enjoy during the ballgame." 

The Gate 34 project is a POPULOUS design with M.A. Mortenson managing construction. The project is well underway and is scheduled to be completed before the Twins 2019 season opener, March 28 against the Cleveland Indians.

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