Twins Caravan kicks off the baseball year


The Minnesota Twins once again touched all bases in their annual Twins Winter Caravan.

The final stop of this year’s tour landed at a home base for the St. Paul Rondo community, the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center and adjoined the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Center.

Twins players, pitcher Brian Duensing, infielder Brian Dozier, former all-star and World Series pitcher Jack Morris, along with Fox Sports North announcer Dick Bremer participated in the afternoon of activities in Rondo to promote interest in the Twins, the game of baseball and various health objectives in the community.

Like TwinsFest, and even last years’ all-star game FanFest, these events are surprisingly enjoyable and beneficial even for the non-baseball fan, but certainly for children and families.

The Winter Caravan contributes heavily to stirring fan activity and engagement in the early winter pre-season for baseball, also referred to as the “hot stove” circuit. Those looking to understand how the recently underperforming team manages such strong attendance can look no further than these offseason activities that provide value to fans who are happy to return to Target Field on warm summer afternoons.

The Twins have one of the most expansive offseason tour programs in professional sports. The Winter Caravan consists of eight days, including players and former players, and covers more than 40 cities throughout the state.

It’s important to mention that the Caravan events are free to the public and private groups who attend. To cover so much territory the organization deploys multiple groups in multiple phases throughout mid-January. Caravan events are led by members of the Treasure Island Baseball Network and Fox Sports North.

Considerable excitement surrounds the Twins franchise – slightly more than most recent seasons – with the return of potential Hall of Fame outfielder Torii Hunter. Additionally the long awaited major league promotion of prospects Byron Buxton (outfielder) and Miguel Sano (third base) have fans and executives looking for brighter returns in 2015.

Twins spring training games begin March 4 in their spring home of Fort Myers, Fla. Team pitchers and catchers open camp on Feb. 22, while the remainder of the team follows on Feb. 27.

With several other Major League Baseball teams making their spring training homes nearby, a consistent annual attraction forms for baseball and sports fans to visit South Florida. Many Twins fans make an annual ritual of escaping the Minnesota tundra in exchange for white sandy beaches and a tour of city names beginning with Port and Cape.

The Twins regular season begins April 6 against the division rival Detroit Tigers, with the Target Field home opener following on April 15 versus the Kansas City Royals.

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