When Twins Baseball returns, games will be played without fans according to team

Twins provide an update on where things stand as we keep hoping for baseball

Lindsey Peterson
May 01, 2020 - 2:31 pm
Target Field seats, empty

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Friday afternoon, the Minnesota Twins hosted a virtual luncheon, hosted by play-by-play voice Cory Provus and featuring Manager Rocco Baldelli, President Dave St. Peter and President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey.  

President Dave St. Peter did confirm that when MLB begins play, it will be without fans.  "It will be a fan-less environment at the start", St. Peter said.  

"Things will look different", Manager Rocco Baldelli added. 

Baldelli and Falvey spoke at length about players staying prepared to get back on the field, with Falving saying, "These are the kinds of things, that there's a challenge in that as we prepare our players and staffs about what that is." 

For the manager, it's not as much about hitting, or throwing, it's more preparing the mental part.  Baldelli said that while there are no specifics yet, the players are preparing for a short season, perhaps shorter (7 inning) games, doubleheaders, less days off, and any other way to get the season going.  

"What we do is we tell our guys not to focus on the specifics, but get your mind ready for change", said Baldelli.  "We need to think progressively about how we develop our players. We keep one eye on the present, but we also keep one eye on the future too."

Falvey also noted that they are watching videos of players training over Facetime, and making sure they are working out properly. 

One of the biggest rumors circulating this week was a story in USA Today about a new three division alignment, that would be set up regionally.  This was roundly shot down by St. Peter and Falvey as nothing more than rumor at this point.

"The first time (MLB Commissioner Rob) Manfred heard about this was in USA Today", said St. Peter. 

With Provus asking probing questions about when baseball would be back, all three of the guests said repeatedly that right now, everything is on the table, and no decisions have been made.  We'll keep waiting to see if, when and how Twins Baseball happens again at Target Field in 2020.  

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