Twins Stadium Update and a note about the season

The Strib is reporting this morning that the Twins are saying that the condemnation process is ready to begin for the new stadium site. The county is saying, “Not so fast, we aren’t there yet.”

The unveiling of the detailed plans has been pushed back to April 5th.

The season is coming up too. Excitement abounds in Twinsville. I just got my tickets for the opener yesterday and I’m quite excited about it. The general rule of thumb with this team over the last few years is – when we expect nothing, we do well, but when we expect great things, we tank. We seem to be falling into the latter category this year. The pitching staff is not appearing as solid as it has in years past. If we can get a lot out of the M&M boys (Mauer, Morneau) this year, than we may not need it. It will be interesting to see how things play out.

Go Twins.

4 Comments so far

  1. Jim Holthaus (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 3:09 pm

    Mmmm. Yummy eminent domain. Like we took from others for Best Buy, we now plan to take for the Twins. Amazing how these situations always transfer property from the smaller guy to the bigger guy at the expense of the taxpayers.

  2. yep (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 5:16 pm

    but they’re getting compensated by the city. best buy was bad — it was for a private purpose. the twins are sooorta for public purpose, even if it is a private interest.

  3. Jim Holthaus (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 10:32 pm

    The value of the Twins will increase dramatically with the building of a new stadium. Guess who’s paying for the bulk of the stadium — the taxpayers. Guess who gets the profits of the Twins value increase — Pohlad, a man who is already estimated to be the 107th richest man in the US.

    Richfield defended the Best Buy move on the grounds that it would increase the tax base of the community, and thus qualified as a public use. If you follow that logic, the rich can always take from those poorer than themselves simply because they might pay more taxes on the seized property.

    You are correct that the property is supposed to be reimbursed at its current market value. One problem is that some property is difficult to value. Another is that some people might not want to sell, for whatever reason. When it is truly a public need, I can see that. When it is largely putting money in the pockets of another private party, I’m opposed.

  4. Joe (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 2:35 pm

    My hate for the Twins builds every time I have to go shopping in Hennepin County.

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