The Minnesota Twins last held a legends game with the opening of Target Field in 2010, but are planning on bringing it back later this summer.
When the Minnesota Twins opened Target Field for the 2010 season, there were plenty of novelties that surrounded its debut. With the Twins playing outside for the first time since their move from Metropolitan Stadium to the Metrodome in 1981, there was no shortage of festivities which included an “Old Timers Game.”
After Kent Hrbek put a massive crater just beyond the first baseline during the first installment, the Twins haven’t had a sequel to this heart-stopping affair since that 2010 iteration. There is a chance that it could be making a return for 2020, however.
SKOR North’s Judd Zulgad reports that the Twins are planning another alumni game, more kindly called a legends game, prior to their Aug. 2 matchup with the Houston Astros. While Zulgad reports that the game is happening, the bigger question among Twins fans will be who will actually partake in the game and what dream matchups we could see.
Among the names that Zulgad threw out is Joe Mauer, who had his number retired last summer. His running buddy and new Twins Hall of Famer Justin Morneau is also mentioned while other players of the past including Torii Hunter, Michael Cuddyer, Johan Santana, and Glen Perkins could also be in the mix.
The nostalgia of such a game could be worth the price of admission as who wouldn’t want to see Santana go up against Hrbek? Or possibly Bert Blyleven dusting off the old glove to throw a curveball to Mauer?
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While the game might go that far back, it should go far enough that Twins fans who were introduced to the team during the 2000s renaissance could feel significantly older. We’ll have to wait and see which players are willing to officially lace up the cleats.