MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Twins, in conjunction with the Star Tribune and WCCO Radio, today honored longtime sports reporter and Minnesota legend Sid Hartman during a special pregame ceremony at Target Field prior to the 1:10 p.m. matchup against the Seattle Mariners.
During the pre-game ceremony, the Twins announced that they will be dedicating the press conference room at Target Field in Hartman's honor. The official announcement took place during Ron Gardenhire's pregame media briefing. The room will now be called the Sid Hartman Press Conference Room and will continue to serve as the primary venue for significant press conferences held at Target Field.
In addition, a youth baseball field located at Northeast Athletic Park in North Minneapolis will be renovated and renamed Sid Hartman All-Star Field. As part of the All-Star Game Legacy Giving project, the field will be completely renovated including new dugouts, new infield grading and sod, new outfield sod, new fencing and backstop, expanded playing surface and a new scoreboard. This full-sized baseball field will be used by RBI leagues and for high school games. Northeast Athletic Park will be the site of the Opening Ceremonies of the 2014 All-Star Jr. RBI Classic, an event designed to provide the opportunity for young baseball and softball RBI program participants from around the country, ages 11-12, to be a part of the MLB All-Star Week experience.
"The Twins are proud to honor Sid's many contributions to the Minnesota sports scene during his long and illustrious career," said Dave St. Peter, Twins President. "Sid's contributions to the Minnesota sports scene are second to none and the team and our fans are pleased to have this opportunity to recognize his storied career."