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MLB's 67-page "operations manual" to address player safety was delivered to the union Friday night. But plenty of hurdles remain before Target Field is occupied again
Major League Baseball's detailed plans to address player safety during what it hopes will be a captivating, if shortened, 2020 season, leaked to several national media outlets.
Major League Baseball and its Players Union met Tuesday to discuss an owner-approved return to the diamond. Safety and money issues must be resolved to start the season. There were no reports of consensus reached.
Baseball officials have started their lobbying efforts, including a Monday briefing with Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz. Getting everyone to go along with the current plan is far from guaranteed.
As the Twins try to zero in on whom they might acquire in next month's amateur draft, it's hard not to think about what they'll miss out on, too.
MLB had hoped to implement a league-wide policy on ticket refunds during the pandemic, but this week decided to allow each team develop its own plan.
Ending the first extended disruption of a Major League Baseball season that wasn't about money might be even more difficult than it once appeared — because of money.
Winning more than 100 games for the first time in 54 years was a big deal to Twins fans, and it paid off for team ownership as well.
The notion of housing all MLB teams in Arizona and starting the season in smaller venues around the state faces significant hurdles, starting with the support of players.
An agreement between Major League Baseball and the Players Association, reached March 27 but not yet announced, established the framework of baseball's eventual return, even if it's not until next March.
There are roughly 800-900 workers at Target Field not employed by the Twins. For them, the Target Field Employee Assistance Fund is being set up, and the team is making a "significant" (unspecified) contribution.
Jake Odorizzi understood when he delayed free agency that he was betting on himself. But he might no longer be the deciding factor in that wager.
Manager Rocco Baldelli said that Byron Buxton has healed completely from the shoulder surgery that ended his 2019 season early; pitching coach Wes Johnson said his staff faces an assortment of challenges.
The loss of Opening Day traditions doesn't begin to compare to the losses being inflicted by coronavirus. But that won't make the day less … odd.
Exactly one week before the 2020 baseball season was to begin, the Twins' top executives reluctantly considered the possibility that Opening Day is actually one year away.
MLB facilities are required to be available only to players on the 40-man roster, with exceptions granted for international players and players who need ongoing medical treatment.
MLB, which suspended the season Thursday, issued a statement late Friday saying players can remain in their spring training cities, return to their offseason homes, or head to their team's home city.
The weird thing about being told that camps are being shut down, Mitch Garver said Thursday, is that for the players, it means more spring training, not less.
The seven games in Oakland and Seattle are expected to be relocated.
Byron Buxton on Tuesday faced live pitching for the first time since Aug. 25, but the Twins — and Buxton — are adamant that the season's starting line is not Buxton's finish line.
On a team that hit more baseballs into the seats than any other in baseball history, it's easy to get overlooked. Jake Cave doesn;t want that happening to him.
"Even in the best of circumstances, it's a deflating experience for the person receiving the news," general manager Thad Levine said. The Twins have guidelines for roster cuts that are meant to lessen the blow.
Twins players plan to sign baseballs in the clubhouse and hand them out to kids after workouts. They will also avoid high-fives and handshakes with teammates.
Rocco Baldelli let two Miami-area residents go home for a few extra days.
Twins offense is quiet again, picking up just four hits vs. St. Louis.
Jorge Polanco blossomed into an All-Star shortstop last season, and more than repaid the confidence the Twins showed in him by agreeing to a $25.75 million contract.
On land or at sea, 24-year-old righthander Zack Littell has prepared to make the Twins out of spring training.after altering his unusual offseason routine.
For a guy determined to throttle down a bit in the spring in order to feel more rested in the fall, Jose Berrios looks like he was already in midseason form.
It's not for everyone, but a pre-swing leg kick has helped some Twins players generate immense power at the plate.
It once took Alex Avila and friends 3 1/2 hours to bring in a 586-pound swordfish. As great a thrill as that was, the new Twins catcher would rather win a baseball game.
Rocco Baldelli said he didn't want to leave any doubt about how far he thinks the Twins, only four years removed from a 103-loss season, can go.
The Twins, who agreed last month to pay 34-year-old Josh Donaldson $92 million for the next four years, are banking he has more elite seasons in his future.
Tyler Clippard has been traded six times and become a free agent four, each time switching teams. And next month, he will become the 44th player in baseball history to play for 10 major league teams.
The Twins are following a baseball tradition (and a clause in their new pitcher's contract) with Mitch Garver giving up his No. 18 to newly acquired Kenta Maeda.
Rocco Baldelli will supervise the Twins' first workout of the spring Wednesday, opening his second season as a big-league manager with one burden that instantly raises the degree-of-difficulty: expectations.
Brusdar Graterol was in Fort Myers, Fla., on Thursday getting ready for spring training. The question is, which team will he report to next week?
Wherever he winds up for 2020, thanks to his contract Kenta Maeda will want to pitch — and pitch a lot.
The Twins' piece of the blockbuster Mookie Betts trade has reportedly stalled the rest of the deal, plunging the Twins' acquisition of Dodgers righthander Kenta Maeda into doubt.
The Twins were the third team in the deal that also sends 2018 American League MVP Mookie Betts and 2012 AL Cy Young winner David Price from the Red Sox to the Dodgers.
With improved velocity on his pitches and a one-year contract for 2020, Jake Odorizzi is looking forward to a prove-it season with the Twins.
Jhoulys Chacin heads the list of 20 players who got minor league contracts and are headed to Fort Myers.
In 2018 he led the National League with 35 starts, when he was 15-8 with a 3.50 ERA with 156 strikeouts in 192 innings. In 2019, he was awful.
Brusdar Graterol's world-class velocity has made him the Twins' top pitching prospect for the past couple of years. The Twins have decided how to use him, for now.
All nine players projected to be in the Opening Day starting lineup had an on-base-plus-slugging (OPS) number above the American League average in 2019.
The potential effects of adding three-time All-Star and former MVP Josh Donaldson to the Twins are almost too numerous to track. Here's a look.
Twins general manager Thad Levine said the Twins haven't given up on supplementing the starting rotation, and that the team is looking to "stimulate some more conversations" on the trade market.
No mere pitching shortage can dent the laid-back serenity of the Twins' manager. Especially since Baldelli doesn't believe that one really exists.
The Twins' front office certainly did its part to sway Josh Donaldson to Target Field but a sales pitch video from Miguel Sano and some prodding from noted fan Mardy Fish helped, too.
Byron Buxton, who underwent surgery Sept. 10 to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, is in Florida and has been cleared for hitting off a tee and other basic drills.
Former MVP third baseman Josh Donaldson accepted the largest free-agent contract the Twins have ever agreed to, and should add big pop to a lineup that set the major league home run record last season.
Miguel Sano doesn't care whether he plays third base, first base or the outfield ... he's just happy to get a long-term contract from the Twins.
Five other Twins players avoided arbitration with one-year deals, but Jose Berrios is the lone exception.
Free agent third baseman Josh Donaldson is seeking a four-year deal for more than $100 million, and the Twins appear to be out.
C.J. Cron and Trevor Hildenberger are free to sign with any team, including the Twins, but both figure to move on — in Cron's case, to his fourth team in four seasons.
The Badgers were unapologetic for their cheeky midfield celebration.
Some of the Badgers had been preparing for Saturday's snow globe since grade school.
The Gophers-Wisconsin football rivalry - 13 decades and 128 meetings - hits new heights Saturday and the Badgers want the trophy back.
The Gophers defense will have its hands full Saturday in trying to bring down Jonathan Taylor.
Was it a strange decision, or is he making the best of a bad situation?
The righthander said he didn't want to find himself stuck without a team as spring training approached.
Among other things, Iowa has allowed only 105 points in nine games, fewer than any Division I team except Ohio State and Georgia.
There were reasons for Jake Odorizzi to wait until after next season to test the free-agent market, which could also help the Twins front office in shaping the pitching staff for 2020.
Derek Falvey and Thad Levine, the architects of the Twins' American League Central champions, have agreed to contract extensions to remain in charge of the team's baseball operations.
Rocco Baldelli was honored Tuesday with the American League Manager of the Year Award, becoming the fourth Twins manager and third in the past decade to win the trophy.
Gophers QB Tanner Morgan threw for three TDs and 339 yards.
The Gophers sense a pivotal moment in their football program's history coming on Saturday. In other words, they're hoping this weekend's game does for them what their last meeting did for Penn State.
Pitcher Jake Odorizzi is expected to decline the $17.8 million qualifying offer in favor of seeking a long-term deal. The Twins didn't make offers to five others, including Kyle Gibson.
Nelson Cruz, the veteran designated hitter, set a franchise record for slugging percentage in a big offensive season.
While Max Kepler should be OK next spring without any further treatment on his nagging back, the Twins fear the same might not be the case for first baseman C.J. Cron.
The players were packing up Tuesday and coming to terms with a disappointing ending to a memorable season.
The highest-scoring team in Twins history went weakly into the winter with 5-1 loss to the New York Yankees on Monday, extending a baseball-record streak of postseason defeats that dates to 2004.
"When a guy like that speaks, everybody listens and perks their ears up and takes it in, because he's been in a lot of different situations," pitcher Kyle Gibson said.
In what could be his final start for the Twins, his team is asking nothing less from Jake Odorizzi than this: Save our season tonight against the Yankees at Target Field.
Eddie Rosario started each of the first two games in the American League Division Series standing in front of the short porch in Yankee Stadium.
Friday's 10-4 loss was the Twins' 14th consecutive postseason defeat, setting a major league record for October futility, and their 11th in a row to the Yankees.