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PUCKERING UP FOR THE TWINS, KIRBY SAYS HE WANTS IN
Published December 11, 1997
Kirby Puckett says he is willing to invest $10M to become a part owner of the Twins "if, and only if, a deal can be worked to keep the team in Minnesota," according to Tom Powers of the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS. Puckett: "I'm not going to North Carolina. If [Twins Owner] Carl [Pohlad] still owns the team, then I'm locked in. I was planning to do something like this anyway. This is something I want for myself. Just a piece of it. Maybe 10 percent." Powers: "Any serious involvement by Puckett should force [MLB] to look long and hard before approving a sale and transfer of the club to North Carolina" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 12/10). TWINS IN TRIAD: The Twins are scheduled to play a March 31 exhibition game in Winston-Salem, NC, "conveniently" set "five weeks before the scheduled May 5 referendum to decide stadium funding for a ballpark in the Triad," according to Jay Weiner of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. In addition, prospective Twins buyer Don Beaver said that the final sale agreement with Carl Pohlad "is still being worked out, but there are no sticking points" (STAR TRIBUNE, 12/11).