Twins president thanks fans, vows commitment

Twins president thanks fans, vows commitment

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Twins are coming off a rough year that saw them post the worst record in the Majors, but with their new leadership led by Derek Falvey and Thad Levine, Twins president Dave St. Peter believes brighter days are ahead.

St. Peter is optimistic about the future and took time to give three messages to Twins fans as part of MLB.com's Presidents Day coverage on Monday. Here's what St. Peter, who has been the club's president since 2002 and is active on Twitter (@twinsprez), had to say:

"First and foremost, I want to say thank you to our fans. Our fans been incredibly patient. We know that they've been historically supportive of Twins baseball in huge ways. I'm expecting them to come back in big numbers in 2017 and beyond. We think our baseball team is going to be better. We're excited about our new leadership. Derek Falvey is our chief baseball officer and Thad Levine is our general manager, providing new leadership and a new vision. I'm really excited about their collaboration with Paul Molitor to ensure that a nucleus of really exciting young players take a meaningful step forward. I think that will result in a significant step forward in the win-loss column and hopefully playing meaningful games deep into the season.

"Secondly, I think our fans should know we're committed to providing the best in service and facilities. We certainly hope people are making plans to come out to Target Field to be part of Twins baseball in 2017. When they do so, we continue to want to get their feedback on our service, food and beverage, our security, everything that goes into the game-day experience. It's absolutely central to us and we're committed to it in a big way.

"Thirdly, I'd like to say it's always part of our vernacular to be active in the community. So organizationally, our players, we're excited to get back to Minnesota and continue to do everything we can to grow the game at the youth levels but also to give back across Twins Territory. It's what we've been doing since 1961 and will continue to be a high priority in 2017. Thanks for the opportunity to share this message. We look forward to seeing everybody down here in Fort Myers over the next several weeks but also in Minnesota starting April 3. Win Twins."

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.