The St. Paul Saints are a step closer to becoming the Triple-A affiliate for the Minnesota Twins. The Twins announced Wednesday, Dec. 9, they have extended an invitation to the Saints, starting for the 2021 Minor League Baseball season.

The Saints have been a member of the American Association, a league that includes the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.

“The Minnesota Twins are ecstatic about the opportunity to form this partnership with the Saint Paul Saints,” Twins President & CEO Dave St. Peter said in a news release. “We have long admired the creative excellence of Marv Goldklang, Mike Veeck and their team in making the Saints one of America’s most successful minor league brands. We are incredibly excited for Minnesota baseball fans who can now watch some of their favorite Twins prospects wearing the Saints uniform while playing at gorgeous CHS Field. Simply put, this historic Twins-Saints partnership is great for baseball in the Twin Cities and beyond.”

The Twins also extended invites to the Wichita Wind Surge (Double-A), Cedar Rapids Kernels (High-A) and Fort Myers Mighty (Low-A).

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The Saints have operated since 1993 and have played 28 seasons in independent baseball. The partnership between the organizations gives the Twins a minority stake in the franchise, but the majority ownership remains with Saints Chairman, Marv Goldklang, President, Mike Veeck, and Team Psychologist, Bill Murray, according to Saints release.

“Our champion Saint Paul Saints have provided all of us with a fun, family-friendly baseball experience like no other for nearly three decades,” said St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter. “This incredible evolution benefits our entire community and region.”

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