The Twins officially announced Torii Hunter, Michael Cuddyer and LaTroy Hawkins were named special assistants.

Hunter talked last week about "putting the band together."

The duties for the three former players were laid out in a Monday press release.

The responsibilities for Cuddyer, 37, will "include, but not are limited to, helping position player development by focusing on transition programs and teaching an understanding of major league expectations, environment, and culture.  He will also be involved in the amateur draft process and throughout the year as a resource for player acquisitions."

Hawkins, 44, will be "contributing to the development of our organizational pitching philosophies used in the selection and development of all players. Additionally, he will contribute to the amateur scouting process and trade deadline preparation meetings."

Hunter, 41, will have duties "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."

The release said all three will "be responsible for serving as a resource for players and coaches in the mental and fundamental aspects of the game. In their role as Special Assistants, Cuddyer, Hunter and Hawkins will participate in Spring Training, instructional programs, and visit all minor league affiliates throughout the season. They will work alongside the Baseball Operations staff and uniform personnel to ensure development in player understanding of culture, talent evaluation and organizational vision. In addition, all three will play a part in supporting the Twins community efforts, being involved in charities and community work throughout Twins Territory."

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