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12/21/2004 3:54 PM ET
Twins announce players, broadcasters, personnel on Winter Caravan schedule
Joe Mauer, Lew Ford, Joe Nathan, Carlos Silva, Michael Cuddyer and Ron Gardenhire among current Twins scheduled to participate
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MINNEAPOLIS - ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Twins have announced the personnel and communities to be included in the club's 45th Annual Winter Caravan, sponsored by Dodge and Your Friendly Dodge Dealers. The 2005 Dodge Winter Caravan features stops in over 50 communities throughout the Upper Midwest from January 17-20 and January 24-27, 2005.

Presented in part by WCCO Radio, the Twins Radio Network, and Fox Sports Net North, the Twins Winter Caravan features five teams of current and former players visiting numerous schools, hospitals and Upper Midwest corporations and service clubs during the day with a traditional "hot stove league" program slated for each evening.

Among the current Twins to be included in the stops will be catcher JOE MAUER, outfielder LEW FORD, pitcher JOE NATHAN, manager RON GARDENHIRE, third base coach AL NEWMAN, pitcher CARLOS SILVA, infielder MICHAEL CUDDYER, pitcher KYLE LOHSE, catcher/designated hitter MATTHEW LeCROY, pitching coach RICK ANDERSON, pitcher GRANT BALFOUR, infielder TERRY TIFFEE, and pitcher JESSE CRAIN.

Former Twins greats TONY OLIVA, HARMON KILLEBREW, ROD CAREW, and KENT HRBEK are also planning to be a part of the Caravan on selected stops. The schedule and players appearing are all subject to change.

Each leg will be led by members of the Twins radio/television broadcast team, including John Gordon, Dan Gladden, Dick Bremer, Bert Blyleven and Clay Matvick. Each leg will also feature appearances by Twins Sports Inc., President Jerry Bell, Twins President Dave St. Peter, Twins General Manager Terry Ryan, and representatives from the Minnesota Twins.

General information on community stops is available by referencing the boxes below, with specific times and locations within those communities to be announced in the coming days on www.twinsbaseball.com. For more information on the 2005 Dodge Winter Caravan, fans should tune into their local Twins Radio Network affiliate. Fans can also visit the Twins website at www.twinsbaseball.com or by phone at (612) 33-TWINS or 1-800-33-TWINS.

2005 Twins Winter Caravan Appearance Schedule
(specific information on each stop will be posted on www.twinsbaseball.com in the coming days)

January 17-20

DAKOTA LEG
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson, third baseman Terry Tiffee, pitcher Jesse Crain, WCCO Radio's John Gordon

Monday, January 17

  • Wahpeton, ND
  • Valley City, ND
  • Fargo, ND

    Tuesday, January 18

  • Grand Forks, ND
  • Devils Lake, ND
  • Minot, ND

    Wednesday, January 19

  • Bismarck, ND
  • Pierre, SD

    Thursday, January 20

  • Huron, SD
  • Watertown, SD
  • Sioux Falls, SD

    NORTH LEG
    Twins outfielder Lew Ford, pitcher Grant Balfour, WCCO Radio's Dan Gladden, Fox Sports Net's Clay Matvick

    Monday, January 17

  • Golden Valley
  • Aitkin
  • Duluth

    Tuesday, January 18

  • Mountain Iron
  • Virginia
  • Ely
  • Grand Rapids

    Wednesday, January 19

  • Brainerd
  • Long Prairie
  • Bemidji

    Thursday, January 20

  • Fosston
  • Thief River Falls
  • Crookston
  • Detroit Lakes

    January 24-27

    WEST LEG
    Twins infielder Michael Cuddyer, catcher/designated hitter Matthew LeCroy, third base coach Al Newman (Monday-Tuesday only), Fox Sports Net's and former Twins great Bert Blyleven

    Monday, January 24

  • Delano
  • Little Falls
  • St. Cloud

    Tuesday, January 25

  • Glenwood
  • Fergus Falls
  • Morris
  • Ortonville

    Wednesday, January 26

  • Benson
  • Montevideo
  • Mankato

    Thursday, January 27

  • New Ulm
  • Windom
  • Spencer, Iowa

    SOUTH LEG
    Twins catcher Joe Mauer, pitcher Carlos Silva, former Twins great Tony Oliva, Fox Sports Net's Dick Bremer

    Monday, January 24

  • Red Wing
  • Northfield
  • Rochester

    Tuesday, January 25

  • Caledonia
  • LaCrosse, Wis.
  • Winona

    Wednesday, January 26

  • Albert Lea
  • Mason City, Iowa
  • Austin

    Thursday, January 27

  • Waseca
  • LeSueur
  • Owatonna

    MINI LEG
    Twins pitchers Joe Nathan and Kyle Lohse, third base coach Al Newman, WCCO Radio's John Gordon

    Wednesday, January 26

  • St. Paul (Hot Stove Dinner)

    Thursday, January 27

  • Dunkers (Mpls)
  • Lakeville
  • Hutchinson
  • Willmar
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