FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Spring Training is officially here for the Twins, as all 37 pitchers and catchers reported on Sunday, with the first official team workouts slated for Monday at the newly renovated CenturyLink Sports Complex.
"I think we have a majority of our 40-man here even though our position players don't have to report for a week or so," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. "This place, there's no reason why you wouldn't want to come early."
It marks the first Spring Training as manager for Hall of Famer Paul Molitor, who replaces longtime skipper Ron Gardenhire. Given Molitor's familiarity with the way the Twins have held Spring Training in the past, Molitor has indicated the core of the program won't change much, but he plans on making a few tweaks.
"It's a new year and a new start with some new faces with Mollie running the show," Mauer said. "But I'm assuming we'll do a lot of the same things. But he'll have his twists and takes on things, and I'm excited to get in there and see what happens."
Molitor plans on emphasizing the running game -- both stopping opposing basestealers and being smarter on the basepaths -- while also looking to improve the defense with better positioning.
"I think he's going to hang on to the things he's seen that he really likes and I think he'll tweak some of the areas he has different beliefs about," Ryan said. "You have to expect some change. Obviously, he has ideas and approaches he's gone through over the 40 years he's been in professional baseball."
Molitor will also work hand-in-hand with new pitching coach Neil Allen, who joins the Twins after serving as the pitching coach for the Triple-A affiliate of the Rays. It'll be the first time Allen is seeing most of the pitchers at camp, giving the pitching staff a fresh start.