The Twins, Timberwolves, and Wild all postponed Monday’s scheduled games following the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, a Black man who was fatally shot during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center on Sunday afternoon.
Wright’s death sparked protests in Brooklyn Center, a suburb less than 10 miles away from Target Field, where the Twins had been scheduled to take on the Red Sox in a game on Monday afternoon.
“Out of respect for the tragic events that occurred yesterday in Brooklyn Center, and following the additional details in this evolving situation, the Minnesota Twins have decided it is in the best interests of our fans, staff, players and community to not play today’s game,” the Twins said in a statement.
The decision was made by the Twins after consulting with MLB and both state and local officials. A new date for the game and ticket details will be released soon.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said around 10:30 a.m. that both he and president of baseball operations Derek Falvey had been on numerous calls Monday morning discussing how the Twins would react to the news, but he thought at the time that the team would play Monday’s game.
“There’s a huge disappointment and sadness when you have to wake up to these things,” Baldelli said. “… I shouldn’t say there’s a disbelief, because I think we’ve seen these things happening around the country way too much. But it is very disappointing and very sad every time we see this.”
The Wild made the decision to postpone their game with the St. Louis Blues about an hour after the Twins made their announcement. The Wild released the following statement:
“Out of respect for the heartbreaking incident that occurred last night in Brooklyn Center, tonight’s Minnesota Wild game has been postponed. The decision was made after discussions with local and state officials, and the National Hockey League. Tonight’s game has been rescheduled for May 12. The Minnesota Wild organization extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Daunte Wright.”
Pioneer Press reporters Betsy Helfand, Jace Frederick and Dane Mizutani contributed to this report.