Over the years, the MLB All-Star game has taken on a whole new feeling and meaning following the disaster that was the 2002 All-Star game which ended in a tie. Since then, Bud Selig has reorganized the game and has given it a new sense of meaning by giving home-field advantage to the winning league of the game. While I have no problem with Mr. Selig putting this provision in for the winner of the game, I do believe the commissioner needs to make yet another change to an outdated rule surrounding
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Just 1.5 games behind Detroit in the Central and three out in the Wild Card race, Cleveland has been the American League's biggest surprise. Staring up at a stacked Tigers squad that last year pulled away with a 44-32 record in the second half en route to a World Series berth, you'd better believe that the Indians are looking to add at the deadline.
What They Need
The Indians could use some help at the
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No players with connections to the Minnesota Twins were born on this day.
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The Tigers are certainly buyers at the trade deadline. They had completely stocked up over the last two seasons to make a World Series run. They acquired and then retained Anibal Sanchez. They added Torii Hunter this offseason. After missing all of 2012, Victor Martinez is back in the middle of their lineup. Their top four starters (Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister and Sanchez) are the envy of the rest of the league. Most believed that the Tigers would
The Twins needed to make some kind of change during the All-Star break because the team scuffled in the week's leading up to the Mid-Summer Classic. There was going to be some players sent packing to Rochester and some fresh faces on the Twins roster. It had to happen and there were going to be some surprising names that would come up in the discussion for demotion.
There is pressure on multiple people in the Twins organization to find a way to be respectable in 2013. Ron Gardenhire
Most of the time I do not question what moves the Twins make. Long ago I learned that it would be a waste of my time to get upset about such things as they are 90% upsetting to me. I like baseball and I like the Twins, but fortunately I do not have to throw in the towel anymore - for me the towel does not exist. I just observe from the sidelines, nod my head, grin and bare it, and forge ahead.
I guess I somewhat want to be positive and wish Doug Bernier a heart felt congratulations.
I hope you enjoyed watching the HR Derby. And by that I really mean, “I hope you enjoyed imaging what next year’s Home Run Derby is going to be like”. The best part about it being at Target Field next year is that you, well, don't have to hear anyone saying "back...back...back...back".
The Twins are obviously off for the All-Star Break.
ROCHESTER RED WINGS – off for AAA All-Star Break
NEW BRITAIN ROCK CATS 2, HARRISBURG SENATORS 3 (10 INNINGS)
At work today I was clicking around Baseball Reference’s website and I stumbled across an interesting section of the website that I have never explored before. If you scroll to the bottom of a player’s profile page you will see a section titled Hall Of Fame Statistics, which is a bunch of sabermetrics designed to project if a player is a Hall of Fame candidate.
Amongst the multiple equations there is one that is entitled JAWS which stands for Jaffe WAR Scoresystem, the system
From the moment that Aaron Hicks was drafted out of high school in Long Beach, California with the 14th pick in the 2008 draft there were expectations. Hicks was supposed to be the next in a great line of modern day All-Star centerfielders that started with Kirby Puckett, and then on to Torii Hunter, who was followed by Denard Span, and briefly by Ben Revere. It took him some time to figure things out as he didn’t make his Twins debut until opening day 2013. With the drafting of Byron Buxton
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Heading into the 2013 season, there were 5 2B prospects that were generally considered to be among the top 100 in baseball: Jedd Gyorko of the San Diego Padres, Nick Franklin of the Seattle Mariners, Kolten Wong of the St. Louis Cardinals, Jonathan Schoop of the Baltimore Orioles, and Delino DeShields Jr. of the Houston Astros.
My question is this: how does Eddie Rosario stack-up statistically against these more heavily hyped prospects?
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Brett Merriman (1966)
James Baldwin (1971)
Right-hander Brett Alan Merriman pitched for the Twins in 1993 and 1994. He was born in Jacksonville, Florida, went to high school in Nevada, Missouri, attended Grand Canyon University, and was drafted by Cleveland in the ninth round in 1988. He did not pitch that badly in two years in the minors, although he had problems with his control, but was released by the Indians late in 1990
I've tried to rationalize my way out of it. I've tried reconciling the deep divide between my heart and my brain. Truly, it has been one of the most difficult instances of my emotions as a fan clashing with my insights as an analyst.
But at the end of the day, I can't escape from what I know deep down to be true: The Twins ought to trade Glen Perkins. And passing on the opportunity to do so could go down as a critical mistake.
It was an excellent article
Sporting News had an interesting article up in the middle of last week, which looked at 20 memorable one-time All-Stars. There are going to be guys every season who make the All-Star team and won't be back for the rest of their careers. Especially with the new rules allowing the managers to add extra pitchers to the team if starters on the roster pitch on the Sunday before the break.
It sure seems like a lot of players end up on the roster and that might not necessarily be a good thing.
If you gave me a list of outcomes from this weekend's series with the Yankees, I would have ordered their likelihood as such:
Yankees SweepYankees spontaneously combust; Yankee dust sweeps TwinsYankees win 2 of 3; Twins win game 2 because all Yankees oversleepYankees win 2 of 3 fair and squareTwins win 2 of 3 because all Yankees lock their keys in their carsTwins win 2 of 3 fair and squareThe universe ends abruptlyTwins Sweep
Of course, watching the Yankees