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48 Torii Hunter RF
Height/Weight: 6-2/218 | Birthdate: 7/18/1975 | Birthplace: Pine Bluff, AR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Minnesota | College: No College | MLB Experience: 19 | Salary: $12,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 37/20 | Average Draft Position: 246.07
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Twins' Torii Hunter slugs first home run Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Twins right fielder Torii Hunter slugged his first home run in his team's 7-2 win over the Indians, finishing the day 1 for 5 with three RBI.

Hunter extended a 4-1 lead by homering with two men on base in the sixth inning. It was just the third extra-base hit of the season for Hunter, who has hit .225/.256/.350 with six RBI in 40 at-bats.


Twins' Hunter sits out Friday as Kluber takes hill for Indians


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Twins outfielder Torii Hunter was held out of the starting lineup Friday against the Indians for the second time in 10 games this season. Oswaldo Arcia started in right field for Minnesota.

Hunter does not have a good history against Corey Kluber, who is starting Friday for Cleveland. Hunter is batting .167 (3 for 18) with one double, one RBI and seven strikeouts in his career against the 2014 AL Cy Young winner.

The 39-year-old Hunter is batting .226 with one double and two RBI through nine games.


Twins move Torii Hunter into No. 2 spot, drop Brian Dozier to cleanup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor decide to swap Brian Dozier and Torii Hunter in Wednesday's lineup against the Royals. He moved Hunter into the second spot in the lineup and dropped Dozier into the cleanup spot.

Hunter is batting .130 (3 for 23) with no extra-base hits and two RBI in seven games, while Dozier is batting .241 (7 for 29) with one home run, three doubles and two RBI in seven games.


Twins' Torii Hunter fined for comments about umpire


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Twins outfielder Torii Hunter received a fine for his complaints about umpire Joe West.

Hunter was called out on a check swing to end the game on opening day. After the game, he said, "I think he had dinner reservations or a concert to play in. ... That was terrible. ... Joe West needs to do his job and he didn't do it well."

The amount of the fine wasn't released, but GM Terry Ryan said it was "a modest sum", per the Pioneer Press.


Twins give slumping Torii Hunter the day off vs. White Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Twins right fielder Torii Hunter was given the day off Saturday against White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija. Shane Robinson took his place in the lineup and is batting eighth in the lineup.

Hunter is off to a 2-for-16 start this season, and manager Paul Molitor acknowledged that he'll look to keep him fresh throughout the season, per the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Outside of an injury-riddled 2009 campaign, Hunter has played at least 140 games every year since the start of 2006.

"I don't really have a set number in mind," Molitor said. "Hopefully his health is good throughout the year and we can keep him fresh by giving him a blow here and there. Whether it's 125, 135, 140 (games), I can't really tell you a number right now. We're just going to see how he goes and how we go and how he's feeling."


Twins RF Torii Hunter out of lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Twins right fielder Torii Hunter is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's matchup with the White Sox.

Hunter was just 1 for 5 with a stolen base in Friday's 6-0 win over the White Sox and left seven men on base. He has just two singles in 16 at-bats this season.


Twins outfielder Torii Hunter looking for adjustments on offense


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) The Twins have started the year in a rut offensively. In their first two games, Minnesota is yet to have a baserunner reach third base. Both manager Paul Molitor and outfielder Torii Hunter are searching for answers, reports MLB.com.

"We like our players, offensively," Molitor said. "We have a chance to be a productive offense. We believe in these guys. But you come out the first two days and you put up 18 zeroes, I'm sure that's frustrating. It's like an individual or a team, it's always magnified when you start. So I just want them to have fun and relax, and hopefully things will start to flow, but it's been rough the first couple games."

Hunter is trying to keep things positive as well.

"We've got a 160 to go," Hunter said. "That's positive. It's not time to panic. We need to make some adjustments. We need to do that as a team and we're going to do that starting tomorrow. All we can do tomorrow is come back, turn the page and have amnesia."


Torii Hunter on home plate incident: 'I'm expecting' discipline from MLB


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Twins veteran outfielder Torii Hunter told reporters he hasn't heard from Major League Baseball, but expects to hear back in the near future, according to MLive.com.

Hunter disputed his strike-three call by home plate umpire Joe West in the ninth inning that ended Minnesota's Opening Day game against Detroit.

"It was a bad call, it's over with," Hunter said. "I'm going on the field to do my job and he needs to do his job. We've all got jobs to do, whether you make a lot of money or little money. Today I'm going to do my job, and hopefully he comes to do his."

MLB announced Tuesday they are reviewing the confrontation between Hunter and the umpire. Hunter is open to any form of discipline that comes his way.

"It doesn't matter though, I'm expecting it," Hunter said. "I won't be upset. Hey, it was worth it. I don't know what the amount is going to be, but if it's within reason it was worth it.

"That's what people don't know. You don't have to be politically correct to get a message out. I walked away, said my peace, said what I had to say and I walked away. I know what I'm doing."


MLB reviewing confrontation between Torii Hunter and umpire


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Major League Baseball is looking into the game-ending dispute Monday between Twins veteran outfielder Torii Hunter and umpire Joe West.

“The matter is currently under review,” a league spokesman told the Pioneer Press in an email late Tuesday afternoon.

Hunter was unhappy with West after the crew chief refused to ask for help on a two-strike check swing that resulted in a game-ending strikeout. The Tigers won 4-0, but there were two runners on base when Hunter was batting.

“I think (West) had a dinner reservation or a concert to play in,” Hunter said after the game. “That was terrible.”

FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal said Hunter is expected to face some form of discipline, with it most likely being a fine.


Twins lineup set for Opening Day


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor posted the team's starting lineup for Monday's Opening Day game against the Tigers.

The Twins will face LHP David Price with the following lineup: 

Danny Santana SS, Brian Dozier 2B, Joe Mauer 1B, Torii Hunter RF, Kennys Vargas DH, Trevor Plouffe 3B, Oswaldo Arcia LF, Kurt Suzuki C, Jordan Schafer CF. Phil Hughes will be the starting pitcher.


Torii Hunter hitting cleanup for Twins on Opening Day


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) Torii Hunter will hit cleanup in his return to the Twins. 

Manager Paul Molitor released his starting lineup for Monday's opener against the Tigers, and Hunter is playing right field and batting fourth against Tigers starter David Price.

Hunter has hit .348 against Price over his career, with a home run and two RBI in 23 at bats.

The 39-year-old Hunter started his career with the Twins and played for them his first 11 seasons in the Majors. He left following the 2007 season and signed with the Twins as a free agent this offseason.  


Twins OF Torii Hunter won't retire if he has good 2015 season


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Twins outfielder Torii Hunter will turn 40 this July, making it natural to question when he'll decide to retire. 

Hunter has an answer for that. If he has another good season, his career will continue. Appearing on MLB Network Radio, Hunter was asked if he has any plans to call it quits after this year. 

"I just can't announce before a season and say hey, I'm going to retire," Hunter said. "But if I hit .300, I'm playing again."

In the past three seasons, Hunter has hit at least .286 while going over .300 twice. In 2014, he hit .286 and recorded 17 home runs and 83 RBI. 

"If I go out and hit .280-plus and put up 17 home runs like I've been doing the past couple of years and do 80 RBIs or more then I'm coming back."


Twins OF Torii Hunter plans to mentor Aaron Hicks, Byron Buxton


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2015) Twins veteran right fielder Torii Hunter said one of his goals this season will be to mentor outfielder Aaron Hicks and top outfield prospect Byron Buxton, per MLB.com.

"I know Hicks can play, but with Buxton -- I haven't seen video or seen him play, but every word I hear is good about him," Hunter said. "I definitely think when we get to spring training we'll sit down and I'll work out with them and evaluate what they're doing right and what they're doing wrong."

Hicks said he will lean on Hunter this spring, as he competes with Jordan Schafer for the starting job in center field.

"I'll be all in his ear the whole time," Hicks said. "He might get annoyed I'll be in his ear so much. He's definitely a guy I'm going to go to.

"I believe that I have the ability to play center field here for a long time. I've just got to go out there and show people that I can be the center fielder that everybody wants me to be and also that I want myself to be."


Torii Hunter indicates he will finish career with Twins


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) Veteran outfielder Torii Hunter said Wednesday he will continue to keep playing beyond 2015, if he feels he can still do it at the end of the season. However, he said he won't play for anyone else but the Twins.

Hunter officially signed his one-year, $10.5 million contract with the Twins on Wednesday. He returns to Minnesota after making his MLB debut in 1997 with the Twins. He spent the first 11 seasons of his 18-year career with Minnesota before playing five seasons with the Angels and the last two with the Tigers.


Oswaldo Arcia moving to LF as Torii Hunter to start in RF for Twins


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Wednesday newly signed outfielder Torii Hunter will start in right field, while Oswaldo Arcia will make the move to left field in 2015. The Twins signed Hunter to a one-year, $10.5 million contract.

Arcia started a team-high 97 games in right field for Minnesota in 2014. He played 56 games in left field for Minnesota in 2013. Hunter won seven straight Gold Gloves for the Twins from 2001-07, primarily playing in center field.


Twins announce one-year, $10.5 million deal for Torii Hunter


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) The Twins officially announced Wednesday they signed outfielder Torii Hunter to a one-year, $10.5 million contract. Hunter is back for his second stint with the Twins after playing 11 seasons for Minnesota from 1997-2007.

Hunter has won nine Gold Gloves and two Silver Slugger awards in his career, while also being a five-time All-Star. Hunter was originally selected by the Twins in the first round (20th overall) of the 1993 draft out of Pine Bluff (Ark.) High School.

The 39-year-old outfielder hit .286 with 33 doubles, two triples, 17 home runs, 83 RBI and 71 runs in 142 games for the Tigers in 2014. In 18 seasons in the majors, Hunter has a career .279 batting average with 476 doubles, 39 triples, 331 home runs, 1,310 RBI, 1,229 runs scored and 193 stolen bases in 2,233 games.


Torii Hunter signs one-year, $10.5 million deal with Twins


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) It all comes full circle for veteran outfielder Torii Hunter. According to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, Hunter signed a one-year, $10.5 million deal with the Twins on Tuesday.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today first reported the signing.

The 39-year-old outfielder spent his first 11 seasons with the Twins. The Rangers made a late push to sign him on Tuesday, but it appears as if the Twins offered a more lucrative offer, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Hunter hit .286/.319/.446 over 549 at-bats last year with Detroit.


Rangers pushing hard to sign veteran OF Torii Hunter


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Rangers are pushing hard to sign veteran outfielder Torii Hunter, sources told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Five AL teams are showing interest in Hunter, who has spent his 18-year career in the AL, but the Rangers appear to be one of the more serious teams trying to sign the 39-year-old outfielder.

The Royals, Orioles, Mariners and Twins are the other teams showing interest in Hunter, who lives in Prosper, Texas, which is a few hours drive from the Rangers' home ballpark.


Five AL teams, Giants showing interest in Torii Hunter


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) At least five AL teams -- Rangers, Royals, Orioles, Mariners and Twins -- are showing interest in veteran outfielder Torii Hunter, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Giants have also shown interest, as well as a few other teams.

Giants turn attention to Cruz, Scherzer after Sandoval departure


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) With the Red Sox officially signing Pablo Sandoval, the Giants have begun talks with a variety of free agents including pitcher Max Scherzer and outfielder Nelson Cruz, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Sandoval’s departure allows the Giants to focus their assets elsewhere and the Giants have also expressed interest in Nick Markakis, Torii Hunter and Chase Headley.


Twins, Torii Hunter have 'common interest'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) Veteran outfielder Torii Hunter said Saturday he favors the Twins in free agency and he could make a decision soon about which team he signs with, according to the Pioneer Press.

"(Twins general manager) Terry Ryan and I have talked several times, and there's definitely a common interest there, for sure," Hunter said.

The Twins drafted Hunter in the first round of the 1993 draft. He appeared in games for Minnesota from 1997-2007 before playing for the Angels and Tigers. 

"I would come over to win," he said of his reasons for potentially returning to Minnesota. "All that stuff everybody talks about, 'a great guy in the clubhouse,' that's extra -- that's not No. 1. The No. 1 thing is look at my numbers. They're still the same, one of the most consistent hitters in baseball over my career.

"But sometimes I guess my character and clubhouse presence and just that fire that I have, I think, overshadows a lot. But no matter what, if I didn't put up those numbers, I don't care what kind of personality or drive you have, not many people are going to want you. The only reason you're going to want me is because of my play."


Royals continue to be in contact with Torii Hunter


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) The Royals continue to remain in contact with outfielder Torii Hunter, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press

Hunter would take the place of Norichika Aoki in left. The 39-year-old is coming off a season in which he hit .286/.319/.446 over 549 at-bats. 


Orioles, Giants in on Torii Hunter


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) The Orioles and Giants are considering outfielder Torii Hunter, according to ESPN.

Hunter is on the back-burner for both clubs. He's an option for those clubs if other things fall through. The 39-year-old hit .286/.319/.446 over 549 at-bats last year.


Report: Blue Jays join the mix to sign Torii Hunter


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Blue Jays are the latest team to be added to the list of teams pursuing veteran free agent outfielder Torii Hunter, according to FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal. It's been reported the Royals, Twins, Cubs, Rangers, Giants and Mariners have also shown interest in the 39-year-old outfielder.

Royals focusing on Santana, Liriano and Hunter in free agency


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) The Royals appear to be focusing their free-agent efforts on starting pitchers Ervin Santana and Francisco Liriano, as well as veteran outfielder Torii Hunter, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The Royals could also consider free agent pitchers Brandon McCarthy, Edinson Volquez and Jason Hammel.