MINNEAPOLIS Nate Dammann has been a member of the Minnesota Twins organization longer than most players on the team's 25-man roster. And though Dammann, Minnesota's bullpen catcher, isn't technically on the roster, he has become a teammate to the rest of the Twins.
Dammann is in his sixth season with Minnesota after he landed the job out of college prior to the 2007 season. The South Dakota-born Dammann played baseball and football in high school and later played both at Hamline University in St. Paul. He graduated with a degree in early American history and also earned his teaching license.
While serving as a substitute junior high teacher, Dammann heard from former Twins outfielder Dan Gladden that Minnesota was looking for a bullpen catcher. With no long-term job lined up after college, Dammann gave it a shot.
"It was a job, for one -- that paid," Dammann said. "I had really no plans at all. This sounded like fun, so I thought why not."
A few interviews later he landed the j...