Minnesota Twins’ Torii Hunter exploring options after retirement
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins leaned hard on Torii Hunter in an attempt to add the newly retired outfielder to their roster of special assistants, but for now he remains a free agent."Officially, no," he said Thursday when asked if he had an...
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins leaned hard on Torii Hunter in an attempt to add the newly retired outfielder to their roster of special assistants, but for now he remains a free agent.
“Officially, no,” he said Thursday when asked if he had an role with the team. “At the moment I’m just going at my pace. They pushed me right away. I’m still considering it. It’s not a ‘no.’ It’s just, ‘Put it on the back burner for a minute.’”
The 40-year-old Hunter, who was to be honored with a pair of Diamond Awards from the Twin Cities chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, did say he had agreed to spend 10 days as a special instructor at Twins spring training this year. His stint begins Feb. 26 and runs through March 6.
Nothing formal has been worked out beyond that.
“When the Twins need me, they’ll call,” he said. “I’m putting baseball on the back burner for now.”
Both the Los Angeles Angels and Detroit Tigers, for whom Hunter spent his seven-year, self-described “exile” from the Twins, have reached out to discuss potential front-office positions. He said he had no interest in taking a position with any team he hadn’t played for.
As for broadcast opportunities, he said he canceled a scheduled meeting next week with Fox television. He has an open invitation from MLB Network to continue doing freelance broadcast work.
“I’m on call,” he said. “I’m on call (for teams). I’m on call for networks. I just go in when I want to.”