Special Assistant, Baseball Operations
Torii Hunter joined the Twins front office on November 28, 2016. Hunter, 41, was drafted by the Twins in the first round of the 1993 First-Year Player Draft and played 19 seasons in the major leagues, including 12 for Minnesota from 1997-2007 and again in 2015. Additionally, he played five seasons in Los Angeles-AL and two in Detroit.
Hunter's responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, emphasizing heavy focus on organizational culture and major league environment, and spending time with the major league team and baseball operations decision making staff. He will also be involved with the amateur draft process, scouting, minor leagues and trade deadline preparation. Additionally, Hunter will occasionally serve as analyst for Twins television broadcasts.
He helped lead the Twins to three consecutive AL Central division titles in 2002, '03 and '04, then again in '06. In 2002, Hunter became the first Twin since Kirby Puckett (1995) to start an All-Star Game. He finished his Twins career playing in 1,373 games with 1,343 hits, 281 doubles, 26 triples, 214 home runs, 792 RBI, 739 runs scored, 354 walks and 128 stolen bases.
Hunter was a five-time All-Star with the Twins, Angels and Tigers, won nine Rawlings Gold Glove Awards and won two Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards over his 19-year career. He completed his Twins career ranking fifth on the Twins all-time list in home runs, sixth in RBI and extra-base hits (521), and seventh in games, hits, doubles, runs and total bases (2,318). Additionally, he was named one of the "50 Greatest Twins" in 2010 and named to the "All-Metrodome" Team in 2009.