Twins to stay in Elizabethton for 2017 season

ELIZABETHTON, TN (WJHL) – Elizabethton Mayor Curt Alexander said they received word Wednesday night that the Elizabethton Twins would be staying in the city.

In September, town officials traveled to Minnesota for discussions about millions of dollars’ worth of field renovations needed in order to keep the minor league team in Elizabethton.

“We have a one year extension of our contract with the understanding we will work together on upgrading the facilities,” Alexander said.

In a letter from the Minnesota Twins Wednesday, the organization said the Twins would be returning to Joe O’Brien Field for the 2017 baseball season under the same terms and conditions set in May 2014.

“This one-year extension of our arrangement is only a temporary solution and is not intended to be a commitment to remain in Elizabethton into the future. Our focus remains on finding a long-term facility that meets both minor league standards and the specific needs of the Minnesota Twins. We will continue to explore all viable alternatives for such a facility.”

“Rest assured, the Minnesota Twins value the longstanding partnership and look forward to receiving greater detail on Elizabethton’s planned renovations for Joe O’Brien Field.”

Brad Steil, the director of Minor League Operations with the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club, emailed Alexander Wednesday, and reiterated that extension is not committing the organization beyond 2017 and said “the next 60 days will be critical to the future of this project.”

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