Twins Winter Caravan to make stops in Rochester, Mason City this week

(ABC 6 News) – Winter continues to rage on, but it’s not too early to start thinking about spring and baseball season.

The 61st edition of the Twins Winter Caravan is in progress with stops in Rochester and Mason City scheduled this week.

The caravan will stop at Whistle Binkies on the Lake in Rochester on Monday, Jan 30 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Tickets were sold in advance and the event is sold out. The restaurant will be closed to the public starting at 3:00 p.m.

The second Rochester stop will be at the Ronald McDonald House for a private event with children and their families on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Also on Tuesday, the caravan will make its way to Music Man Square in Mason City from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This is also a ticketed event.

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli and hitting coach David Popkins; Twins right-handed pitcher Louie Varland; former Twins pitcher and current broadcaster and special assistant LaTroy Hawkins; and Twins radio play-by-play voice Cory Provus are scheduled to appear.

The winter caravan consists of Twins players, coaches, alumni and broadcasters traveling to 12 communities in Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and Iowa spanning eight days. Each day of their respective tours will include a community enrichment activity, along with traditional “Hot Stove” programming (including question-and-answer, autograph and meet-and-greet sessions).