America’s favorite pastime is back, and so are the Minnesota Twins!
The Twins season and home opener is Monday April 1st at Target Field agains the Detroit Tigers. First pitch set to leave the mound at 3:10 pm. The series goes until April 4, which gives you plenty of time to catch the fresh action.
So, what can Twins fans expect this year? Hopefully something more enjoyable than coming in last place in their division last year. But first, what’s the roster look like this season. Most notable returning names include Joe Mauer (obviously!), Brian Dozier, Justin Morneau (is he actually going to play?!), Trevor Plouffe, and Josh Willingham.
That leaves plenty of room for some new, fresh talent, which the Minnesota Twins are in desperate need of. Rookie center fielder Aaron Hicks, taking over for Denard Span, has made quite a splash during spring training and can hopefully keep the hot bat he has built up in Florida. Chris Parmelee is set to play right field.
A new pitcher Vance Worley is set to open up for the Twins on Monday against the Tigers. Minnesota got Worley when they traded Ben Revere to the Phillies. Unfortunately lefty Scott Diamond will begin the season on the DL but shouldn’t be out too long. *Fingers Crossed* Diamond is looking to be one of the Twin’s top starting pitchers, provided he can stay healthy and off the DL. Liam Hendriks is also back for the Twins pitching staff! Originally from Australia, Hendriks is looking good for this upcoming season, but still has to work on his strike out rate.
It’s never fun to admit your team is “in re-building,” but lets face it Minnesotans, it’s true. Good news is that they can’t get much worse right…? I just hope trading for new pitchers actually works out, however spring training bullpen reports revealed no hidden gems. From a talent development side, the team will be fun to watch.
But no matter how this season goes, Target Field is a stellar place to spend a day outside in the sun!