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Torii Hunter | Outfielder | #48

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (41) / 7/18/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 218
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1993 / Rd. 1 (20) / MIN
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Torii Hunter on Monday announced that he has decided to retire from baseball.
The Twins wanted to bring Hunter back for 2016 in a part-time role and he probably would have gotten offers elsewhere, as well. However, the 40-year-old has decided to hang it up after 19 seasons. "I’m sad because it’s all I’ve known for half of my life," Hunter said. "This great game of baseball has done so much for me. I have learned a lot of lessons. They say baseball is life and life is baseball, and I used baseball and applied it to my life. So I got through a lot of hardships and a lot of hard times and I learned from them and I made adjustments, which you have to do in the game of baseball as well as the game of life. So baseball taught me a lot. But mentally, I think it’s time. I still love the game, but time has taken a toll on me mentally and physically." Hunter will retire with a career .277/.331/.461 batting line, 353 homers, 1,391 RBI and 195 stolen bases. He was a five-time All-Star and nine-time Gold Glove winner. Mon, Oct 26, 2015 07:54:00 PM

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Torii Hunter is absent from the Twins' lineup Sunday.

The Twins are playing a bunch of young players in the season finale. Max Kepler will cover right field, although it seems likely Hunter will get a pinch-hitting opportunity in what could be his final game.
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 11:26:00 AM

Torii Hunter isn't expected to make a decision on his playing future until November.

The 40-year-old outfielder has seen his defense fall off in a big way the last few years, and is hitting just .239/.291/.409 with 22 homers and 81 RBI this season. He has provided a valuable veteran presence in the Twins clubhouse, and has nearly helped them to a postseason berth. If he does indeed return for one final season, it would likely be in a reserve role.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 12:36:00 PM

Torii Hunter went 2-for-5 and hit a three-run homer Thursday against the Angels.

The homer was his 20th, marking the first time he's reached that plateau since 2011. His average has really fallen off this year, but it's really the first time he's shown any effects of age when it comes to offense.
Fri, Sep 18, 2015 12:09:00 AM

Torii Hunter is not in the Twins' lineup Tuesday.

It's just a routine day of maintenance for the veteran outfielder, who has struggled for the most part in the second half. Aaron Hicks is starting in right field and leading off Tuesday night against the Tigers.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 04:49:00 PM

Torii Hunter went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and four total RBI in Sunday's 7-0 win over the White Sox.

Hunter broke through with a three-run homer against White Sox ace Chris Sale in the first inning, then burned Sale again with an RBI single in the third. He entered the game a horrific 28-for-146 (.192) since the All-Star Break. The tough slog through the twilight of summer sees his triple-slash at .238/.293/.407. The veteran outfielder has also hit 19 homers and driven in 69 runs. With one more homer, he'll notch his 11th season with at least 20 taters.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 05:26:00 PM

Torii Hunter is not in the Twins' lineup Saturday against the Astros.

He's just getting a breather. Aaron Hicks will take Hunter's place in right field and bat leadoff. Hunter's production has jumped off a cliff in the second half. The veteran has hit only .160 since the All-Star break with 35 strikeouts in 125 at-bats.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 04:35:00 PM

Torii Hunter is not in the Twins' lineup Wednesday.

Hunter has been getting more and more days off. The Twins have Eddie Rosario in right field in Hunter's place, with Shane Robinson entering the lineup in left.
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 03:55:00 PM

Torii Hunter is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

Hunter has been resting for one game of each series pretty regularly. Shane Robinson is in right field Sunday.
Sun, Aug 23, 2015 10:51:00 AM

Torii Hunter is not in the Twins' lineup on Wednesday.

It's just a day of rest. Eddie Rosario has slid over to right field in Hunter's place, with Shane Robinson entering the lineup in left.
Wed, Aug 19, 2015 10:51:00 AM

Torii Hunter is absent from the Twins' lineup Sunday.

It's a routine day of rest. Eddie Rosario has slid over to right field in Hunter's place, with Shane Robinson entering the lineup in left.
Sun, Aug 16, 2015 11:18:00 AM

Torii Hunter is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

He's just getting a breather. Eddie Rosario has slid over to right field in Hunter's place, with Shane Robinson covering left.
Sun, Aug 9, 2015 10:56:00 AM

Torii Hunter went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, three RBI and a go-ahead solo home run in Friday's 10-9 win over the Indians.

Hunter was all over the place in this one. In the third inning, he hit a two-run single off of Indians starter Cody Anderson. He wouldn't drive in another run until the ninth, when he hit a solo home run, but that homer was perhaps the key hit of the game, as it broke a 9-9 tie. This season, the veteran outfielder is hitting .249/.303/.439 with 18 home runs and 60 RBI. Not bad for someone who was born during Gerald Ford's presidency.
Fri, Aug 7, 2015 10:58:00 PM

Torii Hunter is not in the Twins' lineup Wednesday.

He's just getting a breather. Eddie Rosario is in right field in Hunter's place, with Shane Robinson covering left.
Wed, Aug 5, 2015 03:51:00 PM

Torii Hunter slugged a solo home run Monday in the Twins' afternoon loss to the Blue Jays.

It was the only run Minnesota scored against David Price in his Blue Jays debut at Rogers Centre in Toronto. Hunter has 17 home runs and 56 RBI in 94 games this season, though that has come with a .249 average and .303 OBP.
Mon, Aug 3, 2015 03:56:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
2John Ryan Murphy
3Mitch Garver
1B1Joe Mauer
2Daniel Palka
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Escobar
2Jorge Polanco
3Engelb Vielma
3B1Miguel Sano
LF1Robbie Grossman
2Eddie Rosario
CF1Byron Buxton
2Danny Santana
3Zack Granite
RF1Max Kepler
DH1Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ervin Santana
2Phil Hughes
3Hector Santiago
4Kyle Gibson
5Jose Berrios
6Tyler Duffey
7Fernando Romero
8Felix Jorge
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brandon Kintzler
2Ryan Pressly
3Trevor May
4Michael Tonkin
5Taylor Rogers
6Buddy Boshers
7Pat Light
8JT Chargois
9Ryan O'Rourke
10Glen Perkins