Betsy Helfand / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL -- Companies across the country have ramped up production of medical supplies in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including Minnesota-based 3M, which has doubled its production of N95 respirator masks and Medtronic, which has increased its ventilator production. Medical professionals around the country have warned of a nationwide shortage of such supplies as the virus spreads across the U.S. Since the outbreak began, 3M’s global output of N95 respirator marks has risen to over 1.1 billion per year — nearly 100 million per month, according to a prepared statement.
MINNEAPOLIS -- There may not be baseball on the horizon for an undetermined period of time due to the spread of COVID-19, but the Minnesota Twins’ front office still has plenty of issues to tackle. Among them, how the team will refund fans for games missed and how it will split up the pool of money between game-day employees. Though no final decisions have been made on either, the Twins are working through that process and hope to have plans in place soon.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The baseball world came to a halt last week when the league announced it was canceling the rest of spring training and delaying the start of the season by at least two weeks. Major League Baseball is now on an indefinite pause, announcing Monday, March 16, that Opening Day would be pushed back at least into May as the U.S. battles the spread of COVID-19. One week before the season was supposed to begin, MLB teams are now confronted with the possibility that the entire season could be wiped out, something everybody involved hopes to avoid.
MINNEAPOLIS — Dick Bremer considers himself the lucky one. Bremer was once a young boy in small-town Minnesota, following his childhood heroes from afar. But since 1983, he has had a front-row seat. When Twins fans flip on the game, Bremer, the television voice of the Twins, is right there with them. Through two World Series titles, from Kirby Puckett to Joe Mauer and beyond, Bremer has been a constant, game after game, becoming an important part of Twins history.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Major League Baseball has officially canceled spring training games and delayed the start of the regular season by at least two weeks due to the spread of the coronavirus, Commissioner Rob Manfred announced. The decision was announced on Thursday afternoon, following a call with the 30 clubs and consultation with Major League Players Association.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — With the Twins’ 2020 season scheduled to begin in two weeks, Jose Berrios already has accomplished one of his goals. Manager Rocco Baldelli announced after Wednesday’s game that Berrios will take the ball on Opening Day for the second straight year.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Minnesota Twins’ three-game series in Seattle at the end of this month will not be played as scheduled at T-Mobile Park due to the ongoing spread of the novel coronavirus, and their opening series in Oakland also could be affected.
CLEARWATER, Fla. — The most important development for the Twins’ 2020 season was not what happened in their 5-1 exhibition game loss to the Phillies on Tuesday, March 10. No, it was more than two hours south in Fort Myers, where back at the team’s spring training complex, center fielder Byron Buxton got his first look at live pitching since he had surgery to repair his shoulder labrum last September. It was another important step for Buxton in his progression. He saw pitches from starter Homer Bailey and a few minor league pitchers, and he came away feeling positively.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Zack Littell finished last season with a 2.68 earned-run average. He gave up just one earned run in his last 16 appearances of the season, good for a 0.47 ERA across 19 innings. While doing that, he established himself as a reliable bullpen arm for manager Rocco Baldelli and pitching coach Wes Johnson. So why, then, did Littell report to spring training believing that he must win a job on the team when his spot seems more solidified to those on the outside?
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Kenta Maeda was encouraged Sunday after his four-inning outing. No, not because he threw four scoreless innings or pounded the strike zone all day, throwing 36 of his 46 pitchers for strikes. Although Maeda was likely encouraged for those reasons, too, the Twins’ starter was pleased that he kept his opponent in the park for the first time this spring. “It’s definitely the best (I’ve felt), and the fact that I did not give up a home run this time makes it even better,” Maeda said through an interpreter.