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We purchased tickets to Friday night's Twins Fest as a way to celebrate my Dad's 83rd birthday. Grandpa was accompanied by his two grandsons, ages 10 and 8, my wife and I.
We parked in Lot B, and had only a short walk to Gate 6, where a host of ticket-takers greeted us as if we were walking up to a game. Once inside the gates, we peered out onto a snow-covered Target Field.
It was quite a contrast to the green grass of Opening Day, and the
Updated 01-26-2014 at 08:17 PM by Don't Feed the Greed Guy
The Twins need top-notch starting pitchers if they are to compete in the latter half of this decade. Last year, Twins starters paced all starting staffs with a 5.26 ERA, while taking the loss in whopping, major league-topping 74 games. So, something has to change. But how?
The most effective way to bolster starting pitching, long-term, is through the draft. Drafted players have greater longevity, and they come cheaper than buying developed
Updated 10-30-2013 at 06:06 PM by Don't Feed the Greed Guy
Just in case you start counting Andrew Alber's scoreless inning streak, the record for consecutive scoreless innings to start a major league career is 39. Brad Ziegler posted that number for the Oakland Athletics from May 31 to August 14 of 2008. I think Caleb Thielbar went 20 innings without giving up a run to start his career. Thielbar did set the record for consecutive scoreless appearances as a Twin. Albers is currently at 17.1 scoreless innings.
Any idea of
Check out this dynamic duo!
Nicky Punto and Danny DeVito celebrate Punto's second homerun of the year, as the diminutive DeVito was sporting Punto's #7 jersey. Awesome!! It seems Punto is finally getting some Hollywood cred after being thrown under the MTC here in Minnie! (click on the post-game interview)
Danny DeVito really likes watching Nick Punto play (Watch) - MLB - Sporting News
"Who knows how many pitches lurk in the arm of young Kyle Gibson? The Shadow Knows....Mwahahaha!" The Shadow Knows - YouTube
Pioneer Press scribe Mike Berardino recently asked Kyle Gibson if the young pitcher knows when he will be shut down for the remainder of the 2013 season. It appears, based on Gibson's response, that the Twin's 2009 1st round pick has no idea when his last start will be.
Berardino quotes Gibson: "I'm sure (Twins officials) have a plan,"
Not a chance...
Well, Mike Pelfrey gave the Twins a chance today, as their most seasoned hitter was on paternity leave, but c'mon, can't we at least field a major league roster?
It's fun to see two or three position prospects try to make a major league roster. Aaron Hicks, Chris Hermann and perhaps Pedro Florimon fit the prospect label. But Doug Bernier, Clete Thomas and Chris Colabello hardly fit the prospect mold.
Here's a chart showing the disparity of
Hey all you Terry Ryan fans,
How about this scenario? The Pohlad family retools this offseason, releasing Gardy and Terry Ryan, while bringing back Andy MacPhail as the general manager of baseball operations, along with his choice for an on-field manager, hopefully Paul Molitor. Andy is being credited with much of the success in the Baltimore Orioles organization, although they let his contract expire after the 2011 season. Under Buck Showalter, Andy's hire, the Orioles have surged
Updated 07-19-2013 at 08:46 AM by Don't Feed the Greed Guy
Our family trip continues. On Friday night we watched Mark Buehrle shut out the Twins at Rogers Centre. The highlight? Justin Morneau once again came and signed for my 10 year old son. I've got an old 2006 "Team Canada" Morneau jersey that always seems to bring him over for a visit. Lots of stories shared over the first base line over the years, and someday I'll blog about him. I asked if he's coming back next year, and he beamed, "I hope so." He signed a
Thank Goodness I married a woman who loves/tolerates baseball!
Here's the agenda:
July 3: AAA Rochester at Buffalo Bisons
July 5: Twins at Blue Jays
July 7: Pawtucket at Rochester
July 10: AA East/West All-Star Game, New Britain, CT
July 11: Trenton at New Britain
July 12: Twins at Yankees
July 13: Mets at Pirates
July 15: Home.
Plenty of stuff for the family to do, and two Frank Lloyd Wright tours (Buffalo,
The old adage is that a baseball season can be broken into three columns. All teams win one third of their games--even the lousyteams. All teams lose one third of their games--even the best teams. It is the other third that makes the difference.
The series with Washington is a perfect example. Minnesota took game one on the strength of their bullpen and a hot backup catcher/dh. The Nats blew out the Twins in game two. Then, in that all-important third game, our Twinkies lost by one run as
Before there was a Winfield, a Molitor, or a Mauer, there was a Bender.
Charles Albert "Chief" Bender was born in Crow Wing County on May 5th, 1884. He bounced between his home on the White Earth Reservation, and various boarding schools. At a teenager, Bender was recruited by the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Carlisle Pennsylvania, the first of many off-reservation boarding schools. Carlisle is perhaps most known for it's resident coach, Pop Warner, and his star player,
This is a crazy idea, but why not?
Ron Gardenhire's contract is up at the end of this year, and if the Twins Way winds up producing another 90 loss season, it may be time to shake up the culture of Twins Nation.
Ozzie Guillen would do that in a flash.
Consider the wave of Latino talent moving up through the Twins system. Ozzie might fit in well with a changing clubhouse. He is popular with the local media, who ate up his Pirhanna quotes:
I just got done watching the Twins-White Sox matinee, and stumbled upon Cody Christie's post on best baseball movies. It's kind of hidden in a larger link post, so I thought I'd draw the conversation out a little. Cody posts a link to the IMBB Top Ten Baseball Movies: http://www.imdb.com/list/x9dmZYfeX4w/
Their list draws quite a bit of criticism on the IMBB site, with movies like "Mr 3000" and "Fever Pitch" in the top ten.
I was captivated by the story of Jackie Robinson. His contributions to American society outweigh his accomplishments on the field. But could the same be said for Roberto Clemente and his influence on behalf of Latino ballplayers, and the manner in which he lived and died, off the field? If any jersey number is worthy of the honor bestowed on #42, it is #21. I have studied Clemente's influence over the years, and would recommend the following title to any serious fan of the