'A dream come true': Eduardo Nunez describes first All-Star appearance


Eduardo Nunez has been one of the few bright spots in what was otherwise a largely disappointing first half of the Twins' 2016 season.

But the shortstop was all smiles on Monday soaking in his first Major League Baseball All-Star Game experience.

Nunez came into the season expecting to continue in his role as a utility man for Minnesota, spelling Eduardo Escobar, Trevor Plouffe and even Brian Dozier when necessary in the infield.

But injuries to Escobar and Plouffe forced Nunez onto the field regularly, and he hasn't come off of it. He's become the team's most consistent player this year – earning him a spot in San Diego.

"It's my dream come true," Nunez told Twinsbaseball.com Monday. "I'm going to enjoy it."


It hasn't been an easy journey for Nunez. He was signed by the New York Yankees in 2004, and was called up in 2010. After inconsistent play, the Yankees traded him to Minnesota in 2014 for minor league pitcher Miguel Sulbaran.

Nunez has maintained many of those relationships from his time in a Yankees uniform, and he's even continued to work out with a few of them during the offseason.


"When he first came up with New York, he was a guy that was trying to hit everything to the right side of the field," said former teammate Robinson Cano to the Star Tribune. "Something we have been working on every year is trying to use the whole field and just have your swing and not try to force the ball to the other way."

Cano added that all Nunez needed was a chance to play every day so he could show what he's capable of.

And produce he has. Nunez is hitting .321 with a career-high 12 home runs and 40 RBIs. He's also just three at bats away from setting a new career best.

Nunez is a reserve for the American League in the game tonight.


Next Up

Pexels - beer outside patio brewery

Brewery, taproom moving into former Twin Cities newspaper space

Loons Landing officially signed the lease this week.

Vic Richfield auto theft PD - rectangle crop

Police: Car with dog inside stolen from outside Twin Cities liquor store

They're asking people to be on the lookout for the vehicle.

John Hofer - Chisago County Sheriff's Office

Murder charge filed over inmate's death at Chisago Co. Jail

The man suddenly became unresponsive and died while in a holding cell.

reproductive rights caucus

Minnesota DFL lawmakers form Reproductive Freedom Caucus

The move comes as some Republicans explore proposals to limit abortion access.

Flickr - child wearing mask close up - Nenad Stojkovic

Counties without K-12 mask mandate see sharper rise in child COVID cases

That's according to a new study released Friday by the CDC.

Police lights

Bloomington woman dies in crash on southwest Twin Cities highway

The collision happened just south of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival grounds.

Wikimedia Commons - COVID vaccine, pfizer, shot - Martin G

Pfizer booster shots immediately available for select Minnesotans

118 fully vaccinated Minnesotans have died from COVID-19.

Gisela Medina Sherburne County Jail - 2021.09.23 - crop 2

19-year-old charged alongside Anton Lazzaro pleads not guilty

She's accused of helping the GOP operative traffic underage girls.

Dalvin Cook

Dalvin Cook misses Vikings practice on Friday

Cook suffered an ankle injury during the Cardinals game.

GetMedia (1)

Gallery: Historic church renovated into home is yours for $248,000

The church-turned-home offers an open floor plan in the heart of Howard Lake.

Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen  - YouTube screengrab

MN GOP Rep. spreads voted fraud disinformation, draws rebuke from SoS

The lawmaker cited a video claiming there are more than 1.2 million "missing" votes.