Mets meet Twins under snowy conditions

MINNEAPOLIS -- When the Mets arrived in Minneapolis on the eve of their Interleague weekend series with the Minnesota Twins, they were welcomed by sub-30 degree temperatures and an unseasonable mid-April snowstorm.

That's not exactly springtime baseball weather.

The snow subsided early on Friday and the Target Field grounds crew worked for several hours to clear the covering of snow from the field and stands. However, long sleeves and other cold-weather gear will still be a must with the temperature at game time expected be close to freezing and with another smattering of snow in the forecast.

From his office in the visiting clubhouse, Mets manager Terry Collins, who grew up in Michigan, brushed off any concerns about the atmosphere outside.

"It is what it is. It's April. We're in Minnesota. It's cold," Collins said.

Besides the obvious addition of extra layers of clothing, the Mets are planning to take precautions to ensure their players stay healthy and loose during the game, including giving their bullpen extended time to warm up.

The Mets embraced the cold Minnesota spirit in a sense on Thursday night when several players attended a Minnesota Wild hockey game in St. Paul.

The weather isn't expected to get much better for the Mets on their current road trip. The long-term forecast in Denver, where New York faces Colorado in a four-game series starting Monday, calls for temperatures that could reach as low as the mid-20s.

"That's cold. That might be too cold," Collins quipped.

Nate Sandell is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.