Judge says Twins must play in 2002

November 16, 2001

Baseball was barred from eliminating the Minnesota Twins next season when a judge on Friday ordered the team to play its 2002 schedule in the Metrodome, the Associated Press reported.

Twins owner Carl Pohlad also was barred from selling the team unless the new owner agrees to have the team play its 2002 schedule in the ballpark.


The decision by Hennepin County District Judge Harry Seymour Crump throws into question last week’s vote by baseball owners to eliminate two major league teams next season.


Baseball and the Twins can try to overturn the decision in the Minnesota Court of Appeals, but temporary injunctions usually are difficult to remove before a trial.


Spring training starts in just three months, making it unlikely a trial would be over before then.