Torii Hunter RUMORS & NEWS

  • Torii Hunter sheds tears at retirement presser, plans to stay in baseball

    The Score "Torii Hunter announced his retirement from baseball after 19 major-league seasons in October, but he officially said goodbye to the game he loves so much on Thursday in Minnesota. Hunter took the podium with Twins manager Paul Molitor and general manager Terry Ryan for his retirement press..." November 05

  • Torii Hunter retiring after one-year encore with the Twins

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Torii Hunter, one of the most popular Twins ever and a motivational force on all three Major League Baseball teams he played for, is retiring. Hunter, 40, said he was leaning toward retirement at the end of the regular season, but the outfielder decided to contemplate his future some more..." October 27

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Torii Hunter held court pregame, said he would likely wait until late November to make a decision on whether he'll play in 2016. #MNTwins

  • Twins curiously want Torii Hunter back for “at least one more season”

    Hardball Talk "Torii Hunter is batting just .245 with a .298 on-base percentage in 516 plate appearances this season and he turned 40 years old in July, but the Twins have still been quite pleased with their reunion with the veteran outfielder and apparently want to continue it. Nick Cafardo of the Boston..." September 21

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    MLB Communications @MLB_PR

    Twins outfielder Torii Hunter has received a two-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his actions June 10 in the MIN-KC game.

  • MLB reviewing confrontation between Torii Hunter, umpire Joe West

    The Score "Torii Hunter's postgame comments regarding home plate umpire Joe West after Monday's Opening Day loss to the Detroit Tigers are likely to come at a cost. The Minnesota Twins veteran lambasted West after he was rung up on a checked swing for the final out of the ninth inning. Major League..." April 08

  • Torii Hunter won’t retire if he has a good 2015 season

    Hardball Talk "Twins outfielder Torii Hunter considered retiring after the Tigers — then his team — were knocked out of the ALDS by the Orioles. He ended up signing with the Twins, the team that took him in the first round of the 1993 draft, on a one-year, $10.5 million deal. Hunter, 39, told MLB Network..." March 16

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The Minnesota #Twins win the Torii Hunter sweepstakes. He returns home on a 1-year contract in perhaps the final chapter of fabulous career.

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    LaVelle E. Neal III @LaVelleNeal

    Torii Hunter would like to have a new team in place by the start of the winter meetings. Twins have a shot, but several teams interested.

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Hearing #orioles and #sfgiants have Torii Hunter on the radar as a back-burner option depending on how other things unfold.

  • Torii Hunter won't return to Tigers in 2015

    SB Nation "After two years roaming right field with the Tigers, Torii Hunter won't return to Detroit in 2015. General manager Dave Dombrowski told reporters on Friday the team didn't have room in the budget for Hunter, who is a free agent. The Detroit Tigers formally announced the return of designated..." November 16

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    I'm told #MNTwins do have some interest in Torii Hunter reunion, but he would have to take a MAJOR pay cut for it to happen.

  • Twins have expressed interest in Torii Hunter

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "Tuesday isn't just Election Day. It's also the first official day of free agency in Major League Baseball and one player the Twins have already expressed interest in is outfielder Torii Hunter, per a source. Teams were allowed to reach out to agents last week, but contractual terms can't be..." November 04

  • Torii Hunter Doubles Down On His Anti-Gay Beliefs

    Deadspin "Last we checked in with Torii Hunter's thoughts about gay players in the locker room, he was saying just the sort of thing that makes gay ballplayers reticent about coming out of the closet: For me, as a Christian…I will be uncomfortable because in all my teachings and all my learning,..." October 30

  • Torii Hunter likely to continue baseball career in 2015: 'I really want to play with the Tigers'

    Michigan Live "Torii Hunter is spending a lot of his time right now watching his sons play college football, so he hasn't made a final decision regarding the 2015 season. But he is leaning toward another year of baseball. And if he does play, he would prefer that the 2015 season be spent with the Detroit..." October 22

  • Hunter has enough left for one more season

    Detroit News "Torii Hunter's not 29 any more, no matter how many times he cracks his smile, laughs his laugh and corrects you about his age. Thirty-nine, man? Who's 39? Not me. I'm 29. There a 39-year-old around here? Hey, Joe, how old are you? Somebody's looking for a 39-year-old around here. Not me. I'm..." October 10

  • Ump puts hand to Torii Hunter's face in dust-up after Tiger's plunking; MLB to review incident

    Detroit News "Both benches emptied, but little more than angry words came of it between the Tigers and Orioles in the top of the eighth inning Monday night at Camden Yards. Torii Hunter took exception to a pitch from starter Bud Norris that hit him following a two-run home run by Ian Kinsler that gave the..." May 13

  • Torii Hunter: “we’re brainwashed to want to win”

    Hardball Talk "I made it into the Tigers’ clubhouse right as it opened this morning. It’s like most of the other spring training clubhouses. A bit more cramped than some because Joker Marchant is a bit older, but it’s the same scene you always see. At least physically. In terms of vibe it felt much looser than..." February 28

  • MLB announces 2013 Silver Slugger winners "All year long, they went deep and they found the gaps, and baseball's best batsmen of 2013 connected one more time on Wednesday night, collecting The Silver Slugger Awards for their offensive performances this season. With the Yankees' Robinson Cano picking up a fourth consecutive silver bat..." November 07

  • Tigers' Torii Hunter says he'll play after Game 2 tumble

    Michigan Live "Torii Hunter said a bruised head won't keep him out of Tuesday's Game 3 of the American League Championship Series. The Detroit Tigers right fielder had a tender noggin and mild headache to show for his head-over-heels effort to keep David Ortiz's game-tying grand slam in the ballpark in..." October 15

  • Hunter confident he'll continue to play after 2014 "When Torii Hunter signed with the Tigers in mid-November there was some thought in the 38-year-old outfielder's mind that this would be it. He'd play out the two years in his contract which pays him $26 million and then call it a career after 18 seasons. Not anymore. Asked Friday prior to..." October 12

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    Torii Hunter jammed his left shoulder in the first inning went in for X-rayswhich were negative definitely plans to play Game 4. #Tigers

  • Tigers' Torii Hunter muddles through slump

    Detroit News "Nothing in big-league baseball is new for Torii Hunter. Not after 17 years. And among the been-there done-that events are slumps. Hunter has a pretty good one going: 6-for-37 since Aug. 30 which has sent his batting average spinning from .308 to .298. He was 0-for-4 during Sunday’s 5-2 loss..." September 09

  • Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera spark Tigers' 7-1 victory over Twins

    Detroit News "Ah yes the ol’ scoring-from-second-on-a-strikeout play. It hadn’t been part of the Tigers’ offensive repertoire this yeaer but became part of it Wednesday night in a 7-1 victory over the Twins at Comerica Park — a game the Tigers broke open with four runs in the seventh and three more in the..." August 22

  • Hunter Hints Fielder's Slump Due To Personal Issues

    ESPN "Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter hinted on a radio show that teammate Prince Fielder's hitting slump might be caused by off-field issues. Talking Tuesday with station Detroit Sports 105.1 Hunter suggested that critics back off. He said "a lot of people don't know what's going on" in..." August 14

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    Chris Iott @Chris_Iott

    Torii Hunter left the game today with a sore left Achilles. He is day-to-day.

  • Torii Hunter relishes return to All-Star game

    Detroit News "Torii Hunter’s go-to lines — like, ahem, his age — are getting old. “He says he’s 27,” said Mike Trout, “but he’s really 38.” Bingo. “I’m 37, I mean I’m 27,” Hunter just got done saying. “I’ll be 28 Thursday.” Of course, Hunter actually will be turning 38 on Thursday — another reminder..." July 16

  • Tigers' Torii Hunter hitting at torrid pace in July

    Detroit News "Torii Hunter is closing in. Ten days from today he turns 38, and Hunter followers are free to wonder when age might begin to mar his renowned two-way game. The Tigers right fielder had two more hits Sunday, including a dynamic three-run home run in the eighth that had helped bring the Tigers..." July 08

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    Jason Beck @beckjason

    No Torii Hunter in #Tigers lineup. That'll give him 3 days for swelling to go down in left elbow.

  • Torii Hunter doesn't let painful pitch off elbow dampen humor

    Detroit News "Torii Hunter doesn't wear an elbow guard. "But," he said Wednesday night, "I'm thinking about it." No, Hunter's humor doesn't take a holiday — not even after being drilled in the left elbow late in Wednesday night's 5-3 loss to the Pirates. Pirates reliever Bryan Morris, just on for A.J...." May 30

  • Hunter will remain in right for Tigers; Avisail Garcia likely to get majority of starts in center

    Michigan Live "Jim Leyland has said all along that he won't use Torii Hunter in center field. A stint on the disabled list for Austin Jackson has not changed that a bit. Leyland confirmed Monday afternoon that he will not use Hunter in center in place of Jackson, who went on the disabled list earlier in the..." May 13

  • Tigers' Torii Hunter: Forget excuses, win now

    Detroit News "Torii Hunter has done it twice — at least — in a friendly way. The second time was in the finale against the Angels in Anaheim, Calif. While speaking with the media about what's expected, he made it clear the Tigers don't want to put anything off until later that they could possibly do..." April 23

  • Tigers' Torii Hunter remains close to Angels

    Detroit News "This is it for the Torii Hunter reunion tour. Consider it complete. Hunter has played for only two teams other than the Tigers and with his return to Angels Stadium on Friday night, he's played against both already this season. Minnesota still loves him — and he still loves Los Angeles, at..." April 20

  • Tigers table-setters Austin Jackson, Torii Hunter on fire

    Detroit Free Press "Remember when everyone wanted to know who would bat leadoff for the Detroit Tigers? Alex Avila does. "Before Austin (Jackson) got here, that was a big deal," he said. When Jackson arrived and settled that question, attention turned to the No. 2 spot in the lineup, as in, who would bat..." April 15

  • Tigers' Torii Hunter gets 2,000th major-league hit

    Detroit News "Torii Hunter entered the season 14 hits shy of 2,000 for his major league career. And in Game No. 7 as a Tiger, he's already there. With a sixth-inning single Tuesday afternoon at Comerica Park -- his third hit of the day -- Hunter reached the milestone. He became the 14th active..." April 09

  • Tigers' Torii Hunter to join elite club with 2,000th hit

    Detroit Free Press "Torii Hunter should get his 2,000th career hit this week if he continues to make contact the way he has over the first six games of the season. Hunter, 37, is three hits shy of becoming the 14th active player with 2,000 hits. He went 2-for-4 in Sunday's 7-0 loss to the Yankees at Comerica..." April 09

  • Torii Hunter to make debut; Victor Martinez ready for return

    Detroit Free Press "Some Opening Day perspectives on the Tigers' lineup for today: Austin Jackson, centerfielder. It's his fourth Opening Day in the majors -- and his fourth as the leadoff hitter and centerfielder. In both roles he succeeded Curtis Granderson. Torii Hunter, rightfielder. He makes his Tigers..." April 01

  • Detroit 4, Toronto 1: Torii Hunter homers, Justin Verlander solid again as Tigers beat Jays

    Detroit Free Press "What happened: Justin Verlander blanked Toronto on one hit over four innings. Catcher Bryan Holaday had a two-run double, and Torii Hunter hit his first Tigers homer. Boesch is back: In his first big-league game of the spring, lefty-swinging Brennan Boesch fanned in his one at-bat, against..." March 07

  • New Tigers No. 2 hitter Torii Hunter is not a bunter

    Detroit News "The Tigers believe Torii Hunter will be the perfect No. 2 hitter for them. They say that because they believe it. Hunter was targeted for the second spot the moment he signed as a free agent. Know what? The Tigers might be right. Hunter is coming off a tremendous season for the Angels, in..." February 19

  • Five Tigers players to keep an eye on this spring

    Detroit Free Press "Free Press special writer Jon Machota breaks down five players to watch in Lakeland: Victor Martinez A torn anterior cruciate ligament in Martinez's left knee forced the switch-hitter to miss last season. The 34-year-old DH is expected to bat fifth and protect Prince Fielder. The Tigers were..." February 10

  • Torii Hunter brings more than just experience to the Tigers outfield

    Bless You Boys "We're just six days away and have seven players left in our countdown, so we'll need to fix that... later. Today's post is going to center around Torii Hunter, the solid all-around right fielder that the Tigers signed this offseason. We'll let one of the beat writers handle the fluff pieces about..." February 06

  • Torii Hunter still chasing coveted World Series ring

    Los Angeles Times "Torii Hunter plops down in a leather chair in a room of his 19,900-square-foot, Mediterranean-style estate that is part sports bar, part shrine. Three flat-screen TVs are tuned in to ESPN and MLB Network. A trophy case is filled with Gold Glove awards and an array of memorabilia. There's a pool..." February 03

  • Tigers' Torii Hunter says he was misrepresented in story on gay athletes

    Detroit News "Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter on Monday said comments attributed to him in a Los Angeles Times story about gay pro athletes were "misrepresented." The story was written by Kevin Baxter. The quotes attributed to Hunter are presented as a response to how Hunter would feel about having a..." January 01

  • 'Don't lie:' Tigers' Torii Hunter blasts Angels owner after Hamilton deal

    Detroit News "Count Torii Hunter among those stunned by the Angels signing Josh Hamilton to a reported five-year, $125 million contract. Hunter, the new Tigers outfielder who spent the past five seasons in Anaheim, lashed out Thursday afternoon on Twitter, calling out his old team for apparently telling him..." December 14

  • Jim Leyland: Torii Hunter's role with Tigers is to play, not teach

    Detroit News "Jim Leyland couldn't attend Torii Hunter's introductory news conference at Comerica Park last month. He got his chance to chime in Monday. And Leyland made this perfectly clear: Hunter wasn't brought in to be some de facto coach, helping the younger players — even if that's something that..." December 04

  • With Torii Hunter in right, who takes over left for Tigers?

    Detroit Free Press "igers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski addressed the top off-season need of a corner outfielder with the signing of Torii Hunter. Hunter, who finalized a two-year, $26-million contract Friday, will be the starting rightfielder next season. He will likely bat second behind leadoff..." November 19

  • Kirby Puckett's everlasting influence shapes Tigers' Torii Hunter's style of play, personality

    Detroit Free Press "Every time Kirby Puckett stepped onto the Metrodome field, the sun broke out. He played his home games in that drab indoor stadium in Minneapolis. He lit it up with his solar smile, and he warmed it with the intensity of his play. The first sentence of Puckett's Hall of Fame plaque..." November 18

  • Torii Hunter and Detroit Tigers are the right match

    Detroit News "It didn't take long for Tigers owner Mike Ilitch to know he'd found the right match for his team in free agency. "Abouttwo and a half steps," Ilitch laughed Friday, sitting next to his newest outfielder, Torii Hunter, at an introductory news conference at Comerica Park. "He came flying in the..." November 18

  • Torii Hunter looking forward to time with Tigers, wants to help city

    Detroit News "First and foremost, Torii Hunter is here because he believes the Tigers are his best bet to finally win that World Series ring. But outside of baseball, there are advantages to being back in the Midwest, after spending the past five years playing for the Los Angeles Angels. "It's a better..." November 18

  • Torii Hunter comes to terms with Tigers, reportedly agrees to a 2 year, $26 million deal

    Bless You Boys "According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Torii Hunter sweepstakes has a winner. The Detroit Tigers. Rosenthal reports via Twitter Hunter has agreed to sign with the Tigers, pending a physical. No terms are officially known, though sources of ESPN's Jerry Rosenthal claim Hunter will sign a..." November 14

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