Over the course of the next two-plus months, the Minnesota Twins will prepare for a busy year. Not only does 2010 mark the team’s first season outside in 28 years, it also marks their 20th season in Fort Myers for spring training and their 50th year in Minneapolis.
It’ll without a doubt be busy, and there will definitely be some key dates along the way worth noting. From games to events, fans can take advantage of several opportunities leading up to game one in April, so mark your calendars.
February 21st — Pitchers and Catchers Report
Joe Mauer (with or without a contract extension) and company will report to Fort Myers in less than three weeks.
February 22nd — First Pitcher/Catcher Workout
The biggest battles on the team’s roster stem from the pitching staff. Francisco Liriano, Glen Perkins and Brian Duensing will be among the competitors for the final spot in the rotation, and Pat Neshek will attempt to make the big league roster from day one.
February 26th — Full Roster Reports
While many of the position players will arrive well before, this day marks the deadline for all players to report.
February 27th — First Full-Team Workout
Nick Punto is expected to be ready by this day after having cleanup surgery on his wrist. This might be the first chance to see J.J. Hardy in a Twins uniform, and any other players the Twins might still acquire.
March 4th — First Spring Game
The Twins will kick off a month worth of warmup games as they take on their month-long crosstown rival, the Boston Red Sox. Can the Twins walk away with the Mayor’s Cup this year?
March 13th — Get Your Tickets
Regular season tickets will go on-sale midway through March, and while the Opening Series will likely be gone, fans will have the chance to secure the date of their first Minnesota Twins game at Target Field.
March 20th — Season Ticket Open House
Target Field will be open for an open house to all season ticket holders.
March 21st — Public Open House
Target Field will open to any other fans of the public wishing to get a first glimpse.
March 27th — College Baseball
The University of Minnesota will take part in the first real baseball game at Target Field. Ticket information will soon be available, but no more than 15,000 tickets are expected to be sold.
April 2nd — Exhibition at Target Field
As the Twins wrap up their spring schedule, they’ll get their first game look at Target Field when they take on the St. Louis Cardinals and Albert Pujols.
April 3rd — Final Spring Game
The Twins will play a second game at Target Field to complete spring training, and they’ll then head on a road trip to kick off the 2010 season.
April 5th — Opening Day
Against former Twin Torii Hunter and the Los Angeles Angels, the Twins will officially get the 2010 season underway.
April 12th — Target Field Opens
For the first time in 28 years, and to kick off a new era in the Twin Cities, the Minnesota Twins will take on the Boston Red Sox to open Target Field.