By Janissa Delzo
Torii Hunter is back on his stomping ground. After ten years with the Minnesota Twins, and a “spiritual journey,” Hunter has returned to Minnesota.
“I grew up here. I learned how to be a man and learned how to be a professional baseball player here,” Hunter tells WEBN. “I went on a little spiritual journey after 2007. I went on to play with the Angels and the Tigers, but now I’m back.”
Hunter says one of the reasons he’s back is because he saw the potential the team had last year.
“They’re young, but very talented and athletic. I definitely think they really have a good chance to win it. It’s just all about being consistent,” Hunter says.
This time around with the Twins is a little different for Hunter. MLB Hall of Famer, Paul Molitor, was once Hunter’s teammate and bench coach, but now he’s the Twins’ manager. Hunter says he’s learned a lot from Molitor over the years and thinks he will be a great asset to the team; however, Hunter admits it may be a little strange with their new relationship.
“It’s weird because I still know a lot of things about him. So I just sort of lock them up and don’t want to bring them out in front of the players,” Hunter says.
Hunter hopes to take all that he’s learned from baseball, finances, and his family to help mentor the younger players.
“I want to give back and make it easier for them,” Hunter says.
He’s looking forward to ending his career where it all began.