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Twins, Redmond Reach Contract Extension

Sept. 11, 2006

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Twins announced they have agreed to terms with former Gonzaga University catcher Mike Redmond on a two-year contract extension with a club option for 2009.

Redmond, 35, is batting .333 (38-114) with eight doubles and 14 rbi in 29 games this season. Since signing with the Twins as a free agent prior to the 2005 season, Redmond has played in 74 games, batting .321 (84-262) with 17 doubles, one homer and 40 rbi.

Redmond has a 1.000 (466 TC, 0 E) fielding percentage since the beginning of 2005 and has thrown out 6 of 16 (38%) runners attempting to steal this season and 134 of 398 (34%) in his career.

The native of Spokane and graduate of Gonzaga Prep, Redmond set the standard for behind the plate upon the completion of his collegiate career in 1993, no fewer than five catchers signing professional contracts out of Gonzaga since Redmond's departure.

Andy Norton followed in Redmond's footsteps, getting drafted in the 20th round of the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft by the San Francisco Giants. More recently, Brian Munhall and Kevin Richardson were both free agent signees following the 2002 season. Munhall signed with the Giants and Richardson with the Texas Rangers organization.

Sam Hess followed as another free agent signee in 2003 with the then Anaheim Angels. Kiel Thibault was drafted in the ninth round in 2005 by the Kansas City Royals.

In addition to Redmond, three former Bulldog catchers are still active - Munhall, Richardson and Thibault. Munhall finished the 2006 season with the Connecticut Defenders of the Eastern League AA, Richardson played with the Frisco RoughRiders of the Texas League AA and Thibault played with High Desert of the California League A Advanced, with Wichita of the Texas League and with Burlington of the Midwest League AA.