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Thu, Nov 10th, 2016

The "Terminator" Joins the Twins Pro Staff for 2017!

The Twins Fantasy Camp is thrilled to announce the addition of Twins legendary closer, Jeff Reardon to it's 2017 Pro Staff.  Jeff is a Dalton, MA, native who was originally drafted by the Mets in the 23rd round of the 1973 MLB amateur draft.  He elected to complete his college career at the University of Massachusetts Amherst before signing a minor league deal with the Mets in 1977.  He quickly made his way through the Mets minor league organization and made his Major League debut on August 25, 1979.  He would remain in the big leagues for the remainder of his professional career.  He pitched in a middle relief role for the Mets until midway through the 1981 season when he was traded to the Montreal Expos.  The Ex's wasted no time in moving him directly to the closer role in their bullpen and it was in Montreal that Jeff would earn the nickname "The Terminator".  As and Expo, Jeff was twice named to the NL All-Star team (1985 & 1986) and was named earned the coveted Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award for his 1985 performance. 

In the magical year of 1987, he was traded to the Twins where he was instrumental in helping himself and the organization to their first World Championship rings! In 1988 he was named to the AL All-Star team and in 1989, he became the first pitcher in Major League history to record 40+ save seasons in both the National and American Leagues.  Jeff signed as a free agent with the Boston Red Sox in 1990 and as a Red Sock, was named to another American League All-Star team in 1991.  In 1992 he became a member of a solid Atlanta Braves team and pitched in his second World Series that season.  Prior to his retirement in 1994, Jeff was also a member of the Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees.

Welcome to the camp family Jeff!  We look forward to sharing camp week with you!

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2015

Twins Camp 2015 - the Most Competitive in History!

The 2015 Twins Camp Pro Staff

Pictured - front row (left to right): Mickey Hatcher, Stew Cliburn, Milt Cuyler, Steve Braun, Tony Oliva, Julio Becquer, Lee Stange, Gene Larkin, Frank Quilici & Dick Stigman. Back Row: Eric Rasmussen, Bill Campbell, Juan Berenguer, Rick Aguilera, Phil Roof, Bert Blyleven, Frank Viola, Greg Gagne, Tim Laudner, Tom Brunansky & Kent Hrbek.

Every Twins Fantasy Camp seems to take on it's own personality.  The 2015 edition was no exception and will be remembered as the most competitive in camp history.  This year's camp was again a sell-out and featured 8 camp teams - any of which could have been playing for the camp championship on Saturday afternoon.  The Twins camp again boasted the finest Pro Staff among the MLB team fantasy camps - with many of the club's legends in attendance.  While we missed annual Pro Staff member, Ron Coomer who was busy with the annual Cubs Fest this year - we welcomed two new members to this year's staff.  Joining us in 2015 were former Twin All-Star candidate, Steve Braun and former California Angel pitcher and current Twins AA pitching coach, Stew Cliburn.  Both were hailed by campers as great additions to the team.

The 2015 camp will also be remembered for attracting a camper from the other side of the world.  Bud Bromley of Australia made the trip to Florida to participate, and was rewarded for his trek by being a member of the Camp Championship team Warriors.  In total,16 states and the District of Columbia were represented at this year's camp.  Campers from Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Virginia, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, California, Georgia and Florida participated.

Camp week again kicked off with registration and the Welcome Reception at the camp's hotel headquarters - the Crowne Plaza at the Bell Tower Shops.  Baseball activities began on Sunday morning with former "Rolaids Relief" pitcher of the year, Bill Campbell, along with Twins Rehab Specialist, Lanning Tucker taking the campers through some "on field" stretching activities.  Stretching was followed by the morning instructionals from the camp's Pro Staff.  This year, the campers were divided into four work groups and assigned to a specific field.  There they were coached on the fine points of outfield and infield play, as well as extensive "on-field" hitting in the cage.  Pitchers and catcher then reported for a 40 minute tutorial from pitching greats Bert Blyleven and Frank Viola, who were joined by pitching coaches Lee Stange and Stew Cliburn.  Tim Laudner and Phil Roof worked with the catchers in camp.

With the exception of a brief afternoon shower on Monday, the week featured outstanding baseball weather, with temperatures ranging from the mid 60's to upper 70's all week.  Saturday's Championship games were played under a cloudless Florida sky with temperatures in the mid 70's - a truly picturesque day!  Due to the conclusion of Phase II of the Hammond Stadium remodeling, this year's Championship games were moved to the newest field in the Century Link Sports Complex - Field #8.  Field 8 was built to the exact dimensions of Target Field and the outfield padding that had formerly hung at Target, has been installed on Field 8 giving it a "Big League" aura.  Again this year, family and friends could tune in to a live web broadcast from the MSBN network.  Nick Walsh and the MSBN team received many e-mails during the broadcast.  Bud Bromley had commented that his fiance and friends back in Australia were able to watch him in action during the Pro-Camper game on Friday, as well as during the Championship game in which he participated.

2015 Camp Rookie, Jim Stearns poses with wife, Renee and his daughter between camp pool play games.

The Twins Camp is truly a family affair and it was no different in 2015.  This year's camp featured two "Father-Daughter" combinations with Jon & Jessalyn Weaver and Eric and Ali Nelson.  There were also several "Father-Son" combinations in camp, including: Doug & Tarron Borgeson, Mark & Marty Davis, Doug & Derek Doescher, Kevin Marden Sr. & Jr., Paul & Joe Sampson and Bob & Pat Sutherland. Throw in two brother acts with the Gracheks and Hinnenkamps and you begin to get a sense of how baseball is still a central part of these camper's lives.   We are also thrilled to have so many spouses, significant others, friends and relatives join their camper - at the ballpark and at our evening banquets.  Again this year we estimate that approximately 40% of the campers were accompanied by someone special in their life.

The Camp's theme in 2015 was the celebration of the 1965 Minnesota Twins American League Champions and the club's first ever representatives in Major League Baseball's World Series.  We have been fortunate at the Twins Camp, to have had many of those great Twins as members of the camp's Pro Staff. Twins greats that have joined us at camp over the years have included such legends as Harmon Killebrew, Jim Kaat, Jim "Mudcat" Grant, Earl Battey, Dave Boswell and Don Mincher.  We were fortunate to have with us in 2015, key 1965 team members Tony Oliva, Frank Quilici and Dick Stigman.  Following dinner at Friday night's banquet, the campers joined these three greats in viewing a highlights video and some "Q&A" on the 1965 World Series versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.

We were thrilled to be back at the Twins facilities this year, and those facilities are among the best in all of baseball.  The camp wishes to thank to the Minnesota Twins and their staff - particularly the Training Staff led by Larry Bennese and Lanning Tucker, along with the Lee County Parks & Recreation team for their efforts in making the Twins Camp among the best in baseball.  We continue to be amazed by the passion and love of the game that our incredible group of Twins Legends bring to this experience - without question - the best in baseball!  We wish also to extend out sincere thanks to our Clubhouse team led by Chad Yoder with his assistants Joe Dibenedetto and Wayne Hattaway, Food service team of George Serra and Reno Dickman, field equipment specialist - Matt Galewski and our administrative team of Jay Harris, Rose Lundeen, Gina Serra and Marsha Dickman - all teamed up to create a seem-less week of baseball and making memories.

Finally, and most importantly, we wish to thank our campers!  The incredible rookie class we welcomed in 2015, along with a truly remarkable group of veteran campers, made for one of the most enjoyable and memorable weeks in camp history.  We can't begin to thank you enough for that!  We hope all of you will consider joining us again next year, or a future Twins Fantasy Camp!

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2014

Over 70 Participate in 2014 Target Field Reunion Game!

It was a beautiful day for baseball at one of the country's most beautiful ballparks - Target Field!

Late September in Minnesota can mean almost any kind of weather.  As veterans from the 2014 Twins Fantasy Camp and Rookies for the 2015 Camp gathered at Target Field on Saturday, September 27th, they were welcomed by one of the warmest and most picturesque days that a Camp Director could possibly dream of!  The annual Camp Reunion Event is truly one of the highlights of the year and 2014 was no exception.  Seventy-one Campers, which this year included 23 "Rookies", had the baseball experience of a lifetime when they squared off for two camp games at one of the most beautiful venues in all of professional sports.  The 23 Rookies were a record number for our reunion event, and included two female campers.

The four camp teams were led by veteran campers and Camp Hall of Fame members.  Team #1 was captained by Dave Hinnekamp and John Moore.  Team #2 was led by Dr. Barry Karon, Eric Nelson and Fr. Stan Mader.  Team #3's leaders were Dan Williams and Paul Bennett and our 4th squad answered to Paul Smith and Dr. Phil Prosapio.  Thank you guys for your leadership!

Campers were provided the additional thrill of being joined by some of the members of the Camp's Pro Staff.  Those members that were able to join us included Twins greats Kent Hrbek, Tony Oliva, Frank Quilici and Julio Becquer.  They were also able to rub elbows with members of the Camp's Clubhouse team with the appearance of Wayne "Big Fella" Hattaway and Twins Rehab specialist, Lanning Tucker.  We also want to thank Camp Coach and Twins Instructional Clinic participant, John Wilkens for dropping by.

Campers were cheered on by a nice crowd of families, friends and fans who seemed to be as excited about watching their favorite star in action as the camp participants were in taking their swings at Target Field.

Veteran Camper, Eric Nelson at the stick at the 2014 Camp Reunion Game.

Following the game action the party moved on to the other side of the river when at 6:30 PM, campers and family members were treated to a buffet of mouthwatering entrees at Dixie's on Grand Avenue in St. Paul.  Camp Hall of Fame member and Principal at Dixie's, Abby Geisler and her team did a fantastic job of welcoming and extending their "Dixie's" hospitality to a hungry and thirsty group of campers.

At 7:30 PM another Camp Hall of Fame member, Jim Lundeen and his Road House Blue Band performed for the camper's listening and dancing pleasure.  Jim and the guys did a fantastic job of covering rock & roll, blues, country and easy listening ballads.  "We truly want to thank Jim and his guys, as well as the entire team at Dixie's for another fantastic event," said Camp Director Stan Dickman.  "The gathering at Dixie's is a great opportunity to rekindle great friendships made at camp.  We also received several notes from first time campers telling us how much they appreciated the opportunity to get to know their fellow rookies and to gain first-hand insights on the camp experience from the many veterans in attendance.  Without the work of Jim, Abby and their teams - that just doesn't happen".

The camp wishes to again thank Dave St. Peter and the Minnesota Twins for the opportunity for our campers to gather and to "Big Leaguers" for the day!  Thanks also to our veteran and rookie campers for joining us on Saturday.  We can assure you - we had as much fun as you did!

Father & Son combinations are one of the truly "cool" aspects of the camp experience.  In 2014 the Camp had 16 Father/Son or Father/Daughter combinations.  Here Doug Doescher (left) and son Derek, share a momoent at Target Field during the 2014 Reunion Game.

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2014

Twins Camp & Enterprise Car Rental Team Up Again for 2015!


The Camp is pleased to announce that we have again reached an agreement with Enterprise Car Rental for a Twins Fantasy Camp Discount for January, 2015.  Each year we are asked by new campers whether or not a rental car is necessary.  While we will again be offering shuttle service from the Crowne Plaza to the baseball facilities, many campers have found it more convenient to secure their own ground transportation for the week.

To that end, Twins Campers may now secure a 10% discount on their rental cars through Enterprise in two (2) different ways.  Anyone wanting to pick-up their car at the airport may go to the Enterprise website and book the car of your choice through the site.  When  registering on line the Account code to use is TWINS and the pin will be MIN.


In previous years we have learned that it is possible to perhaps get even deeper discounts by using Enterprise's Concierge service at the Crowne Plaza.  If you want to rent a car when you arrive at the hotel you can contact Enterprise and they will deliver a car of your choice to the hotel from one of their remote offices.  However, Enterprise typically has limited inventory at those remote sites.  If you do plan on renting a car from the hotel, Enterprise has asked us that you e-mail a member of their staff directly to ensure they have a car waiting for you on the date you request.  Those e-mails can be sent to Drew Ebersole directly at: Drew.P.Ebersole@ehi.com or contact him by phone at 239-274-2826 prior to your arrival in Florida.  To ensure your 10% discount, you will still need to provide Drew with the Account Code and Pin information.  But please let them know that you are with the Twins Fantasy Camp to ensure the best service possible.


Tue, Sep 2nd, 2014

2014 Twins Camp Reunion Game Approaches!

One of the highlights of every camp year and experience is the opportunity for campers to play inside beautiful Target Field.  Again this year, the Twins have extended the invitation for our 2014 campers and registered 2015 rookie campers to join us on Saturday, September 27th for a day of baseball at Target - this year's home for MLB's All-Star Game (more about that below).

We anticipate another big turnout for this year's event and our plan will be to play two, 1 1/2 hour games to get everyone involved in the fun.  As we go to press, the first pitch for our day at Target is 1:30 PM.  We are asking our veteran campers to again wear their Navy "Road" jerseys for the game.  We will again provide our "Rookies" with a temporary uniform to wear that day and they will be issued prior to the first game. A locker room and shower area is available for our use, but players will need to bring their own towels and toiletry items.

Friends and family are again invited to join you for your day as a big-leaguer, and there is no charge for admission.  Prior to the September 27th date, we will provide complete details as to where and when campers should report and the Gate and time that family and friends will be entering Target.

Camp Hall of Fame member, Barry Karon gets some hitting instruction from Twins' great, Tony Oliva at the 2013 Reunion Game at Target Field.

A post game party is also in the works and once again Camp Hall of Fame member, Abby Geisler and the team at Dixie's on Grand Avenue in St. Paul will be our hosts.  The camp will provide a buffet of some of Dixie's signature entrees for your enjoyment and a cash bar is also available.  Another Camp HOFer, Jim Lundeen and his Road House Blue Band are also planning on being on hand to add to the festivities.  This is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and to make some new ones as well.  For our first time campers, the Reunion event provides a great way for them to jump start their camp experience by getting to meet many of the folks that they'll share their camp week with and to get some coaching from our crafty veterans on how to maximize your fantasy baseball week.

Each year we are asked whether spouses or significant others are invited to join us at Dixie's.  The answer is "YES".  And while Dixie's clientele does include children, we do suggest that for the most part, this is an adult gathering.  If you're from out of town and plan on bringing young children with you to Target to watch you play, we understand that you may not have any other option than to bring your children with you.

We ask that all eligible campers please contact us by e-mail as soon as possible if you plan on joining us at Target this year (even if you had already indicated to us that you planned on participating).  We'd also love to get a headcount for Abby and the folks at Dixie's to make sure we have everyone covered at the post game party.  Please contact us at info@yuratwin.com if you plan on joining us.

We look forward to hearing from you and to spending a day of baseball and commradery on Saturday, September 27th!

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