The St. Cloud River Bats have announced the names of five players that will participate in the third annual Twin Alumni game on Aug. 28 at Joe Faber Field. Terry Steinbach, Juan Berenguer, Jarvis Brown, Al Newman and St. Cloud native Jim Eisenreich are slated to appear at the event.
“This event has been very popular over the last two seasons,” Director of Business Operations Wes Sharp said. “It’s fun to see former Twins out on the diamond again.”
The game will start at 7:05 p.m. and a fireworks extravaganza will follow the ballgame. Ticket prices will be the same as a River Bats game ($6 GA, $10 Reserved, $12 Box & $24 Sports Deck). Receive $2 off your tickets if you purchase them before August 21.
The Twins player’s uniforms will be auctioned off during the game. The money from the silent auction will go to a foundation to be announced at a later date.
Eisenreich was born in St. Cloud and attended St. Cloud State. The Minnesota Twins drafted him in the 16th round of the 1980 Major League Baseball Draft.
“Jim was an established big leaguer for many years,” Sharp said. “He also has ties to this area and is one of the most proven ball players to ever come from this area.”
Eisenreich played 15 season in the Major Leagues with the Minnesota Twins (1982-84), the Kansas City Royals (1987-92), the Philadelphia Phillies (1993-96) and the World Series Champion Florida Marlins (1997-98). He finished his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers in ’98 after a mid-season trade. Eisenreich hit .361 for the Phillies in 1996.
Brown was a member of the 1991 World Series Championship team. Brown played five seasons in MLB with the Twins (1991-92), Padres (1993), Braves (1994) and Orioles (1995). He is currently a coach at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisc.
Newman won two World Series with the Twins in 1987 and 1991. Newman was drafted by Montreal with the twelfth overall pick of the 1980 MLB Draft and spent two seasons with the Expos (1985-86), five with the Twins (1987-91) and another with the Texas Rangers (1992).
Berenguer played 15 seasons in MLB including four memorable seasons (1987-1990) with the Minnesota Twins. Revered for his mid-90s fastball, Berenguer went 8-1 with a 3.94 ERA for the World Champion Twins in 1987. “Senior Smoke” also won a World Series with the Kansas City Royals in 1984.
Steinbach was a three-time all-star selection during his 14-year big leaguer career spent with Oakland (1986-1996) and Minnesota (1997-1999). He was born in New Ulm, Minn.
Fans can order tickets online at www.riverbats.com or by phone at 320-240-9798.