Baseball talk, anyone?

The days are starting to get longer and this week, at least, the temperatures are on the rise. What better time to start thinking baseball.

There are a couple of baseball banquets coming up later this month and both have a local flavor.

The 77th annual St. Paul Baseball Old Timers Hot Stove League banquet is Monday, Jan. 23 and the 11th annual Mounds View Diamond Club dinner is Sunday,  Jan. 29.

The Hot Stove League banquet is held at the Prom Center in Oakdale and features a social hour with cash bar and a prime rib dinner. Tickets are $35 and can be ordered by calling Rudy Jannetto at 651-379-2325.

In addition to the dinner, there will also be a number of speakers at the banquet, which serves as a kickoff event for the Minnesota Twins winter caravan. Scheduled head table guests/speakers include Twins players Byron Buxton and Trevor May, new Twins general manager Thad Levine, Twins president Dave St. Peter and retired Twins minor league director Jim Rantz.

Twins radio broadcaster Kris Atteberry emcees the event and also expected to attend and speak are University of Minnesota baseball coach John Anderson and WCCO radio personality Dave Lee.

The Fourth District American Legion MVP is also honored at the Hot Stove Banquet. The 2016 selection was Ryan Nickel of Tri-City Red.

For more details, visit tricitybaseball.org.

The Diamond Club dinner is held at North Oaks Golf Club and is a fundraiser for the Mounds View High School baseball program. Tickets are $50 and can be ordered at gomvmustangs.com/baseball.

This year’s Diamond Club keynote speaker is Jack Morris, the four-time World Series champion who pitched the game-seven gem for the Twins against Atlanta in 1991. Also scheduled to speak is Mounds View alumnus and current Major League Baseball pitcher Seth Rosin.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

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