Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(MINNEAPOLIS) – The Minnesota Twins announced on Monday that three former All-Stars with the team will be joining the front-office as special assistants for the upcoming 2017 season.
Torii Hunter, LaTroy Hawkins and Michael Cuddyer will work with the front office, coaching staff and players. In addition, they will join the Twins in Fort Myers, Florida for spring training as instructors. Hunter and Hawkins served as special instructors last season.
The three will also visit all of the Twins’ Minor League affiliates throughout the season.
The move comes as the Twins’ new front office, led by Derek Falvey and Thad Levine, looks to incorporate what made the Twins successful in the early 2000s in addition to the growing usage of analytics.
Known as a leader in the clubhouse, Hunter was a five-time All-Star during his 12 seasons with the Twins. He also won nine Gold Glove awards.
“Everything I learned in the game in baseball pretty much came from the Minnesota Twins,” Hunter said. “I want to give back to the young guys some of the wisdom I learned along the way. So it’s an honor to come back to the organization where I was raised. Derek Falvey and Thad Levine are standup guys.”
All three look to help the Twins improve from last season, where the team finished with the worst record in baseball with 103 losses.
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