Skip to main content

Report: Twins haven't ruled out bringing back A.J. Pierzynski

  • Author:
  • Updated:

There are kids and teenagers alike who didn't have the fortune of watching A.J. Pierzynski launch a 2-run homer against Oakland in Game 5 of the American League Divisional Series back in 2002. It was one of the best moments in Twins' baseball since the 1991 World Series.

Pierzynski, who supposedly yelled "booyah" as he crossed home plate that day, could reportedly be on his way back to the team he called home from 1998-2003.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, it isn't out of the question that Pierzynski could return for one last hurrah with the Twins.

"Minnesota is expected to look to bring back veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who had another fine offensive year with the bat in Atlanta (who also may be interested). Pierzynski and Kurt Suzuki would make a decent lefty-righty combo behind the plate ... The Twins like the idea of getting the old gang back together, and is also hoping that Torii Hunter will return even if he isn't ticketed to be a starter. He should still get decent playing time, unless top Byron Buxton takes a leap forward off his rough rookie year."

This past season was Pierzynski's 18th in the big leagues, and he hit .300 with 9 homers and 49 RBIs in 113 games with the Atlanta Braves.

Pierzynski last played for the Twins in 2003. He was traded to the Giants after the season in a deal that brought Joe Nathan, Francisco Liriano and Boof Bonser to Minnesota.

Next Up

St. Louis County

St. Louis County set to declare state of emergency ahead of peak flood levels

Volunteers are urgently needed for sandbagging efforts in a small community near Voyageurs National Park.

Screen Shot 2022-05-16 at 5.03.30 PM

Brothers Bar & Grill closes in downtown Minneapolis

The Midwest chain closed its St. Cloud location in 2018.

Ken Jeong

Licensed physician Ken Jeong to do standup in MN this September

The licensed physician will take the stage at Treasure Island Resort and Casino on Sept. 30.

Osseo Police Department

Osseo PD says officer did not pursue suspect who caused fatal crash

The crash happened in Brooklyn Park early Sunday morning.

221 Main Street. E. Albert Lea

Suspect arrested after 3 family members stabbed in Albert Lea

The three victims are related, according to police.


Evidence that omicron strains BA.4 and BA.5 are in Minnesota

The European CDC has warned of a possible significant summer surge fueled by the omicron subvariants.

driving unsplash - crop

Hastings man charged for driving drunk with 2-year-old in vehicle

Matthew Quade's BAC was almost five times over the legal limit when police pulled him over last week.

police lights

Arrest made after person shot at Hopkins apartment building

Police say this was an isolated incident and that the victim and suspect knew each other.


BA.2.12.1 omicron subvariant quickly becoming dominant in MN

Experts say the subvariant is more transmissible but there is not evidence to suggest it causes more severe disease.