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On Target: Twins Begin Ramping Up Preparations For '14 All-Star Game

Twins execs met with members of both MLB and the Mets’ staff throughout the week to “find out more about what goes into hosting” the ‘14 All-Star Game, according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com. Twins President Dave St. Peter said, “It's opened our eyes and the biggest thing is that it helped us develop better relationships with people with Major League Baseball." Bollinger notes St. Peter and Twins staffers “arrived last week, taking in as many events as possible leading up” to yesterday’s All-Star Game, including FanFest, Sunday's Futures Game and Monday's Home Run Derby. Members of the community relations staff also “attended many of the charity efforts hosted” around N.Y. throughout the week. St. Peter: “I know the people in Major League Baseball are excited about it coming to Minnesota because we have critical mass and a downtown ballpark. We have the ability to do a lot of things within a tight radius, which creates an interesting dynamic.” He added of next year’s events, “We expect sellouts. I know there were empty seats here at the Futures Game on Sunday but we don't expect that. We think it'll be like Kansas City without an open seat for three days. We have a small ballpark with limited capacity and a large season-ticket base. So that should help us” (MLB.com, 7/17). St. Peter said, “We've already engaged in a series of discussions about what we can do that is a little different in the Twin Cities. We want to do some things that make it unique to Minny, whether that be in the music area, whether that be entertainment, there's a lot of ideas being floated around.” Announcements about the "official All-Star logo and other developments” should be forthcoming in a couple weeks (STARTRIBUNE.com, 7/17).
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