MINNEAPOLIS — Joe Nathan is back at Target Field for the first time since the former All-Star closer signed with the Texas Rangers in the offseason.
Nathan spent seven seasons in Minnesota. He was an unheralded setup man when the Twins acquired him from San Francisco in 2003, but developed into one of the best closers in the game. He became a four-time All-Star and holds the franchise record with 260 career saves.
Nathan also asserted himself as a leader in the clubhouse. But the Twins lost 99 games last season, and Nathan signed a two-year, $14.5 million to become the closer for Texas.
Nathan says it's weird to be wearing the road gray uniforms in Minnesota and he has a lot of great memories of his time with the Twins.