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Snappers’ Hot Stove Banquet on Feb. 1

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January 22, 2010
— Brian Duensing, an Olympic bronze medalist and Minnesota Twins pitcher and former Twins star Tony Oliva will be featured at the Beloit Professional Baseball Association’s sixth annual Winter Hot Stove Banquet on Monday night, Feb. 1 at the Beloit Country Club.

Also Jim Rantz, the Twins minor league director, and senior advisor and Janesville native Terry Ryan will help Minnesota Twins Class A Midwest League affiliate the Beloit Snappers kickoff their 29th season.


Duensing, a Twins’ third-round pick in the 2005 from the University of Nebraska, pitched on the 2008 U.S. Olympic baseball team that won the bronze medal. Duensing made his Twins debut last season, posting a 5-2 record and an ERA of 3.64.


Oliva, the 1964 American League rookie of the year, will begin his 18th season as a minor league hitting instructor for the Twins. He is an eight-time All-Star and three-time AL batting champion, who held a .304 career batting average.


Ryan served at the Twins’ general manager for 16 years, stepping down in after the 2007 season. Rantz has been in the Twins’ organization since 1961.


Banquet tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for children. Tickets include dinner and voucher for a box seat ticket for a 2010 Snappers’ game.


Tickets can be purchased by calling (608) 362-2272 or at Pohlman Field, 2301 Skyline Drive, Beloit. The Snappers will open the 2010 home season on Sunday, April 11 at 4 p.m. against the Peoria Chiefs.




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