Twins Reclaim Lumber for Mariano Rivera Retirement Chair

How’s this for a creative take on the reclaimed lumber movement?

The Minnesota Twins re-purposed broken bats into a fun and functional rocker for a legendary New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and a few players presented the “Chair of Broken Dreams” to Rivera, who is retiring after this season, before Tuesday night’s game at Target Field in Minneapolis.

The shattered bats used for the rocker are the real deal. The Twins dug through storage and pulled out broken sticks swung by Kirby Puckett, Torii Hunter, Michael Cuddyer, Chuck Knoblauch and others. 

The team turned to creative agency Periscope to turn the funny chair idea into reality. In turn, Periscope tapped prop master Mark Wojahn of Minneapolis — an artist, photographer and experienced set designer for movies and TV shows. Wojahn then hired custom builder Todd Stenson at Machine Scenic in St. Paul to construct the chair.

“This was definitely a fun thing to do,” Stenson said. 

Working with broken bats as a medium posed a few challenges.

“I had to think about it for a week before I got started on this chair,” he said. “But once I got going it sort of built itself.” 

Stenson was determined to make a functional and sturdy chair for the future Hall of Famer. 

“It’s a legit chair that should hold up for years,” he said. 


  • Fun Fact: The Rivera chair features bats broken during league play
  • Prop master Mark Wojahn
  • Custom builder Todd Stenson from Machine Scenic