WOW. Did you have to be so harsh to start? I mean we have feelings you know. Listen, and we can't say this strongly enough, so please read this carefully. The ownership of Marv Goldklang, Mike Veeck, and Bill Murray are still the majority owners of the Saints. The front office staff remains the same. We have affiliated with the Twins and they are our partners, but they've said they don't want our brand to change. So you know what? The "Fun is Good" mantra will live on. The silly promotions and irreverent humor will be stronger than ever.
We're going to replace them with mimes, a hippo, and a parrot that mimics everything you say.
All of these are a staple of who the Saints are. Add in the amazing and iconic Sister Roz and all the entertainment you know and love about the Saints will once again return. None of this is going away. As a matter of fact, we'll look to add to the entertainment side, so that we're even more outrageous that usual. Fear not WE WILL NOT CHANGE.
MLB, that's not the problem. We have to find a way to meet the demands of our overpriced broadcaster. That guy is out of hand. Asking for a seven figure price tag now that he's in Triple-A.
Just like we promised nothing will change with the fun of attending a Saints game, we can also promise that the Saints will continue to be affordable entertainment in town. Affordable tickets are as much a part of who we are as the mascot pig.
You mean other than the retractable roof we're going to add to CHS Field.
By signing a PDL (Player Development License) with the Twins and Major League Baseball the Saints have agreed to become part of the Twins minor league system. The players who wear the Saints uniform are under contract with the Twins. They’ve been drafted or signed by the Twins and, in many cases, will eventually play at the Major League level. Saints fans will have the opportunity to see top prospects in all of baseball on our roster and the rosters of our opponents. From 2015-19 more than 100 players played at Rochester, the Twins Triple-A affiliate, and then were called up to the Major Leagues during the season. Players like Byron Buxton, Luis Arraez, Max Kepler, and Miguel Sano to name a few.
Is someone cutting onions in here? You're going to make us cry.
Let's take you back to physics class. Remember that guy Newton. The guy was so brilliant he was knighted by Queen Anne in 1705 (and you thought this was just a baseball website. Find another baseball site that gives you a history and physics lesson rolled into one). Newton's third law of motion stated, "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction."
With the Twins taking over all player personnel and coaching staff moves our players were subject to American Association free agency and trades. Most of the players from 2020 found new homes in the American Association. As for George, he's still a part of he family. An announcement was made at the end of March that he would remain on staff running our youth baseball/softball development camps. During the baseball offseason, George will be with us here at CHS Field. But your new favorite team other than the Saints will be the Kane County Cougars. They are the newest member of the American Association and George will manage them. He brings familiar faces with him as Ole Sheldon and Kerry Ligtenberg join him on the staff. As for Certified Athletic Trainer Jason Ellenbecker, he can be seen at CHS Field helping out Saints Athletic Trainer, Jason Kirkman.
Wait, we thought you just came for the entertainment. You're telling us winning games matters to you. Mind blown.
These guys are professional ballplayers. Depite what you've heard about MiLB, these guys don't go out there and tank it. They are one step away from the Major Leagues. Some of them have been in The Show and are trying to get back there. They have something to prove. That doesn't mean they won't be asked to work on things or a player or two won't get more reps than someone else, but once the game starts these guys are trying to win games.
There is rumor floating around that George Tsamis' new team, the Kane County Cougars, wants to take on the new Triple-A Saints. If someone can get Rob Manfred to sign off on that, we'll make it happen.
No, we won't be a part of the same league we were before. Let's welcome the Saints to (drum roll please) the Triple-A East Midwest Division Capital Region Northernish Area South Neighborhood. OK not all of that, but it is a 20 team Triple-A and the Saints are in the Midwest Division with six other teams (Columbus, Indianapolis, Iowa, Louisville, Omaha, and Toledo).
As for the affiliated vs. Independent conversation. As the Triple-A affiliate of the Twins, it means we receive our players from the Twins. These are guys they drafted, traded for, snagged via free agency, the Rule 5 Draft, etc. The Twins decide where they place their players within their Minor League system. Independent Professional Baseball, which we were a part of for 28 years, get their players from Major League organizations that release their players or college players that were never drafted. We are beholden to the rules put in place by Major League Baseball while Independent Professional Baseball decides their rules from a committee of the owners, League President and Commissioner. There are a few other things, but you get the gist.
Yes. We are now going to be known as the St. Paul Cabingoers. Actually, the Minnesota Uff Dah's. No wait, the Twin Cities Lutefisk.
NO, we are NOT going to change our name. We're the St. Paul Saints. We've been the Saints since 1993 and we're going to be the Saints in 2053 (editors note. The person writing this doesn't know that for sure. Should the name change, this post is not permissible in a court of law). Our brand will not change. The entertainment will not change. The handing out of the coupons for free items at your favorite establishment will not change.
Usually in April, except this year in May and probably 140 games, but there are rumors of 144 games, except for this year which is 120 unless they decide to add more games at the end of the season then it could be 125, 130, 673.
For the 2021 season, we're playing 120 games, 60 at home and 60 on the road with the season starting on May 4 in Omaha and the first home game May 11 against the Iowa Cubs. All series are six games long, beginning on Tuesday and going until Sunday. This cuts down on travel, along with the wear and tear on the players bodies. In subsequent years it appears the season will be 144 games long with the season beginning a handful of days following the Major League season. If you want to check out our schedule please go here.
Are you complaining about seeing more games and having more fun? A chance to put a smile on your face up to 20 more times during the summer. We could all use a smile on our faces right about now.
Season tickets will be an ongoing situation based upon capacity restrictions being lifted. As the ballpark opens up, we will get season ticket holders closer, if not in, there actual seats. If you're looking to purchase season tickets, you can check availability by calling our office during normal hours, Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at 651-644-6659 and ask to speak with a representative.
Didn't we tell you that we're going to forget 2020 even existed? We'd rather not talk about it. The history books will go from 2019 directly into 2021. But fine, we're here to answer all of your questions I guess.
We realize there are a lot of season ticket holders, groups, and single-game ticket buyers that purchased tickets for the 2020 season. At this point, we've reached out to everyone and talked to them about their individual plans. For those that purchased single-game tickets in 2020, you should have vouchers in your account. If you're having issues finding your vouchers, or none are in your account, call our office during normal hours, Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., at 651-644-6659.
Now we're talking. Who doesn't want to listen to the dulcet tones of one of the greatest broadcasters to walk the face of the Earth. Broadcast Digest called him "a once in a lifetime voice."
Our broadcast schedule will be jam packed and you can catch all 120 games in some form or fashion. Let's start with TV. All home games will be televised with every Friday home game on FOX 9+ (My29), every Sunday home game on 45TV, and select games on Bally's Sports North. Don't live in the area, then tune in on MiLBTV (annual charge does apply). On radio, you can catch all 120 games with most games on KFAN Plus (96.7 FM) and every Sunday game on KFAN (100.3 FM). You can also catch each game via the iHeart app and searching for KFAN Plus or KFAN (Sunday games only).
What is this Ask Jeeves? Come on. What more do you want from us? We're a Minor League Baseball team not 411.
We're here Monday-Friday 9-5 and can answer any and all of your questions by calling 651-644-6659. Find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Friendster, MySpace, Snapchat, Etsy, and Pinterest at @StPaulSaints.