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Twins won't raise ticket prices

  • Article by: La VELLE E. NEAL
  • Star Tribune
  • August 31, 2012 - 8:51 PM

KANSAS CITY, MO. - The Twins have informed their season-ticket holders that prices for 2013 will go unchanged for the second consecutive year.

In fact, the Twins are even reducing a few tickets.

Twins President Dave St. Peter said Friday that about 3,500 outfield seats -- located in the home run porch view and grandstand sections -- will be reduced. The Twins will announce exactly how much those seats will be sold for in the coming weeks.

Season ticket holders this week received their 2013 invoices in a large envelope that included the 2014 All-Star Game logo. The most expensive seats at the park are not being reduced but, for the first time, all season ticket holders will get a 10 percent discount on food, beverage and merchandise purchases at Target Field during the 2013 season.

"Twins fans have been incredibly passionate, loyal and patient over the past two seasons," St. Peter said. "Despite our struggles on the field, market research indicates fans continue to have a high level of satisfaction with the game-day experience at Target Field. By holding ticket prices down and offering the concession discount, the Twins are rewarding our most valued customers with hopes of delivering incremental value for being a season ticket holder."

The Twins lost 99 games last season and appear headed to another 90-loss season this year. Earlier this week, records for the lowest attendance in Target Field history were set twice during a four-game series against Seattle. On Wednesday, the Twins drew 29,281 fans during a victory over the Mariners, the smallest crowd in the three years the park has been open.

No trade expected

The 11 p.m. leaguewide deadline for trades involving players who have cleared waivers approached Friday night with the Twins not expecting to be active.

"I would say it is unlikely," Twins General Manager Terry Ryan said.

Ryan spent pregame in Gardenhire's office chatting casually and fielding questions from reporters

The Twins created trade buzz when it was discovered that they had placed Joe Mauer on waivers. The Twins do it with all their players, but it stirred up Twin Cities sports fans.

Etc.

• The Royals were supposed to induct longtime groundskeeper George Toma into the club's Hall of Fame on Friday, but the downpour forced the ceremony to be postponed. Toma has been a fixture in recent years at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla., manicuring the infield for the Twins.

• Mauer was given the day off Friday. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Mauer needed a break. Mauer has appeared in 122 of the Twins' 131 games this season.

• Since going 4-for-4 on Sunday, Ben Revere is in a 0-for-15 slump. He was not scheduled to start Friday.

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