Speaking about the Twins home opener, team President Dave St. Peter said there have been some changes to Target Field, but many of them aren’t visual.
“I think [fans will] notice an upgraded technology system, certainly Wi-Fi and other elements aimed at allowing fans to have greater access to the Internet and things,” St. Peter said. “A new generation of fans spend a lot of time on their phone, so I think that’s going to be an upgrade.”
The Twins on Tuesday also announced a new food and beverage menu that included a Butcher & the Boar grill and an Izzy’s Ice Cream stand.
St. Peter also was excited for the opening of the light rail’s Green Line, which will connect Target Field to St. Paul starting on June 14.
• Every season, Baseball America publishes how it ranks the various farm systems and how each team’s minor league players rate. A recent issue has the Pittsburgh Pirates first, followed by the Red Sox and then the Twins. It’s no surprise that Byron Buxton is rated as the No. 1 minor league prospect with third baseman Miguel Sano sixth, pitcher Alex Meyer 45th and pitcher Kohl Stewart 52nd. The rest of the Twins’ top 10 prospects, who aren’t in the top 100 overall, are in order pitchers Jose Berrios, Lewis Thorpe and Trevor May; shortstop Danny Santana; infielder Jorge Polanco; and suspended second baseman Eddie Rosario.
• The Vikings were talking to Kevin Williams for quite some time about coming back, but he hasn’t been approached lately, an indication that he won’t be a Viking in 2014. Williams has been with the Vikings since 2003, making him not only their longest-tenured player but the longest-tenured player of any of the four major men’s pro sports teams in the Twin Cities.
• Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner, the former Minnetonka High School and Wisconsin player, finished March with five goals and six assists. His 11 points led Toronto in scoring for the month. The Maple Leafs are fighting for an NHL wild-card spot in the Eastern Division.
• Saturday will be a busy day on the University of Minnesota campus, as the football team will play host to its spring game and the baseball team faces Nebraska in the second game of a three-game series at the new Siebert Field.
• There’s a number of second-generation coaches with the Vikings this season, with Adam Zimmer, the son of coach Mike Zimmer, as linebackers coach; Scott Turner, son of offensive coordinator Norv Turner, as quarterbacks coach; and Klint Kubiak, the son of former Texans coach Gary Kubiak, as an assistant wide receivers coach.