Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Prince signed with the Twins as a 36 year old free agent in 2001. That was, of course, the pivotal year in Twins history where, in the face of contraction, the young nucleus of Hunter, Mientkiewicz, Jones, Koskie, and Guzman came together to give the Twins their first winning season in nine years (in manager Tom Kelly's final season). Prince appeared in 64 games as A.J. Pierzynski's backup and mentor. In his 15th big league season, he established new career highs with 215 plate appearances and seven home runs.