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Minnesota Twins Add Former Players to Front Office

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The Minnesota Twins add Cuddyer, Hawkins, and Hunter to front office

Today, the Minnesota Twins announced the addition of Michael Cuddyer, LaTroy Hawkins, and Torii Hunter to their front office. The trio will be special assistants to the baseball operations department. Their responsibilities will include: player development, scouting, and instructing players during spring training.

Cuddyer began his career with the Twins in 2001, and spent eleven seasons with the club. He was a part of the 2002 and 2003 American League Central division champion Twins teams, and won a Silver Slugger award with the team in 2011. The left fielder hit 141 home runs and drove in 580 runs as a member of the Twins.

Hawkins also began his career with Minnesota. He played nine seasons (1995-2003) for the Twins, and recorded a negative WAR in five of those seasons. His best seasons as a Twin came in 2002 and 2003 when he recorded ERAs below 2.20 in each of those two seasons. LaTroy won 44 games as a member of the Twins, playing much of his career as a relief pitcher.

Hunter began his major league career with the Twins in 1997, and played in Minnesota until 2008. He appeared in two All-Star games as a member of the Twins, and won seven of his nine Gold Glove Awards in Minnesota. Torii hit 192 home runs, and drove in 711 runs in his time with the Twins.


All three of these former players were a part of the back-to-back AL Central title teams in 2002 and 2003.

They will look to bring knowledge and leadership to a Twins team that finished 2016 with a 59-103 record; 35.5 games out of first place. The Twins offense was not as bad as the pitching in 2016. The Twins pitching staff ranked 29th in ERA, 28th in WHIP, and 30th in batting average against in 2016. Something definitely needs to change for the Twins moving forward, and maybe this will prove to be the change that they needed.