There’s a new Minnesota Twins music director (yes, that is a real job)

From MPR News editor Bill Wareham:

The Minnesota Twins have changed musical directors, according to the Gimme Noise blog.

A fellow named Dan Edwards, who’s been doing the job for a couple years, is being replaced by Tim Miller, who apparently performs the same duties for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Fans erupted after a Orlando Hudson home run at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn. Thursday, October 7, 2010. MPR photo/Jeffrey Thompson

That such a job actually exists is a source of bemusement, but hardly a shock. Musical interludes at the ballpark have a long tradition, and the hop from organ ditties to DJ’d tunes isn’t that huge, really.

I love baseball and I love music, but it’s not a job I’d want. From my observations, the game attracts a pretty wide demographic when it comes to musical tastes and I’d rather face a Mariano Rivera fastball than try to please that crowd.

ESPN surveyed stadium songs last year. “[M]ost of them are awful,” musician Riley Breckenridge offered in a response at Baseball Prospectus.

How would you try to please all the people all the time, musically, at the ballpark?

  • doug sandels

    Thank goodness. It was great a few years ago to hear The Hold Steady and other good MN music rather than Ke$ha and crap for nine straight innings.

  • tboom

    >> …is being replaced by Tim Miller, who apparently performs the same duties for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

  • Bonnie

    At first I feared the organist was not returning, I LOVE her. She is a huge part of the eperience for me, I am sorry I don’t recall her name.

  • Matt B

    My wife and I friends with the organ player/music director for the Saints. He does an amazing job picking the right music at the right time, with the occasional assist from Bill Murray. It’s fun sitting by him watching him work.