The Minnesota Twins baseball club kicked off their annual Twins Caravan this past Monday at the Kato Ballroom in Mankato, MN. The Twins do this every year before Spring Training begins in Ft. Myers, FL to get a brief look of the club’s outlook headed into the new baseball season. The event kicked off one of six caravans the Twins planned on doing throughout the next ten days.
This year at the Minnesota Twins stop in Mankato, the team decided to bring along Hall of Famers Jack Morris (current radio host of the Minnesota Twins), and Paul Molitor (current manager of the Twins). Three other guys that were featured during the Caravan were World Series hero for the Twins back in 1987, Dan Gladden, general manager Derek Falvey, infielder Eduardo Escobar, relief pitcher Alan Busenitz, and the President & CEO of the Twins, Dave St. Peter. All of these people in this organization make in an impact on the Twins’ past, present, and future.
Topics that were talked about during this night were the improvements the club has made going into next year, how the Twins re-established themselves this past season, and the Twins focus on deepening the team’s bullpen for next season, with the signings of relievers Fernando Rodney, Addison Reed and Zach Duke.
“We feel as a team that as an organization that we’ve added a lot of depth to our bullpen,” said Derek Falvey, “we have a really young, and talented group of players on this team and we look to continue the development of our players moving into next season.”
Jack Morris was the highlight of the night at the Caravan, as the fans at the Kato Ballroom gave him a standing ovation for his induction into Cooperstown (MLB Hall of Fame). He talked also about his experiences with pitching his one year with the Minnesota Twins, and him being born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The Twins after the Caravan is over will start Spring Training baseball at the beginning of March. With free agency beginning to slow down, the Twins look to continue to build on what they accomplished as a ball club last year heading into 2018. Even though it feel cold and crummy right now in Minnesota, it looks like soon enough baseball will be back in the state of Minnesota.