MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota state parks and trails can expect thousands of new trees next year, thanks to a Minnesota Twins’ partnership with the Department of Natural Resources.

Under the “Break a Bat, Plant a Tree” program, every time a Twins pitcher breaks an opponent’s bat, the DNR gets 100 trees.

This past season Twins pitchers broke 168 of their opponents’ bats — meaning 16,800 seedlings will be planted next spring at locations to be determined by the DNR.

Courtland Nelson, director of the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division, says the seedlings will help with reforestation efforts.

It’s the program’s second year. During the 2010 regular season, Twins pitchers broke 180 bats, which sent 18,000 trees to Minnesota state parks and trails.

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Comments (7)
  1. djp says:

    Good going Twins!! Even if you didn’t do that well this year…there will be trees planted because of you guys!!!
    Next year…170 bats and the world series!!!

    1. whoopee says:

      Who cares !!! The Twins suck and always have . They don’t spend the money to keep ant good players, and NO Mauer is not a good player…When was the last time he plated a full season without being hurt !!

      1. Tree Hugger says:

        What is an “ant good player”? Lets keep this happy, good going twins!!! Thanks for thinking of my son’s future!

  2. Dome, Sweet Dome says:

    Gee, I sure wish I could have been at Target Field last night watching a World Series Game.

  3. Dome, Sweet Dome says:

    Rubbing two bats together to stay warm.

  4. jan says:

    WCCO did it again, told me I was posting comments too quickly and to slow down. I placed a comment yesterday and just posted the above comment. Is 24 hours between comments not enough? Why don’t they post rules about posting or get their act together.

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