1. Fenway Park - Boston
2. Wrigley Field - Chicago
3. Target Field - Minnesota
4. Colors Field - Colorado
5. PNC Park - Pittsburgh
6. Camden Yards - Baltimore
7. Busch Stadium - St Louis
8. Yankee Stadium - New York
9. Kaufman Stadium - Kansas City
10. Nationals Park - Washington DC
Hello, Twins fans. Some of you may remember me from my old blog, Undomed. Some of you may know me from my Twitter account, @ejoh24. Or, more likely, most of you have no idea who the hell I am. Regardless, allow me to state two things:
1. I love this Twins Daily page. Most importantly, it allows Twins fans to congregate in one place. Less importantly, it allows wayward bloggers like myself to write occasionally without people wondering why we disappeared from our blog for six months.
The Twins played their unofficial first game of the spring on Thursday -- a 'B' game against the Red Sox at Hammond Field. Obviously, you can't put much stock into what goes on during exhibition contests Ė particularly an informal affair such as this one Ė but one performance that stuck out to me was that of Carlos Gutierrez, who struggled through two-thirds of an inning and raised the ire of his manager.
Pitching in relief against a lineup filled with Boston backups, Gutierrez issued
Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog
Twins 2012 Spring Training games start on Saturday! Isn't it wonderful that they figured out to have practice games in Florida right at the time when baseball fans can't stand not having baseball anymore and Minnesotans want to go somewhere warm?
If you've never been to Fort Myers for Spring Training, I highly encourage you to go. It's a great family vacation, whether you love baseball, the beach, or both.
Waddya say we watch us some baseball?
Our first chance to see the Twins on TV is this Monday night, so why not celebrate with some Twins fans? Aaron Gleeman and I will be at The Wild Boar on Monday night (3/5 at 6:05) for our weekly podcast and kicking back to watch the Twins. Hopefully, you can join us, bring your questions and help us revel in end of the offseason. We'll see you there!
The following are examples of comments we've received on blog posts over the past few days.
The first came from Twins Daily member roger responding to my post earlier this week about the Zumaya injury:
Is the new Twins Daily going to be another site where everyone 'bad mouths' everything Mr. Ryan and the organization does? Your site has only been around for a couple days and I for one am already tired of all the bitching!
Last time I checked, spring
Hello again, everybody.
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Thereís plenty of concern internally for Justin Morneauís future. Now former teammate and friend Nick Punto has echoed that concern.
On Monday, Punto described a game of phone-tag heís been having with Morneau and he sounds like heís having some concerns that the big Canadian is not returning his calls.
From Gordon Edesís ESPN Boston article:
Ordinarily, Punto might think nothing of it. His buddy, the Twins' first baseman and former MVP, is busy.
Picture it: It's the bottom of the ninth at Target Field. The Twins are down by one and there's a runner on second. For a moment, you forgot there were two outs, and you forgot who was up next. Then, the walk-up music starts . . . and you still can't tell. It's not AC/DC, so it's not Morneau. The guy behind you asks "What song is that?"
A trip to Target Field is a trip to baseball heaven, but the music gets piped in from elevator hell.
Walk-up songs are a cue
1. Health of Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer
2. Bounce back years from Francisco Liriano, Matt Capps, Denard Span, and Brian Duensing
3. Strong Bullpen - Including Capps, Duensing, Swarzak, Perkins, and others
4. Strong support from the Minor League teams - Many players will contribute this season that start the year in the minors
5. Execution - Go out and win
[Originally posted at Twins Fan From Afar]
The Twins are in a sort of interesting position when it comes to Joel Zumaya. Somewhat unsurprisingly, the firethrowing righty didn't make it past one of his first batting practice sessions last week, and now needs decide whether, at age 27, to retire and become a professional fisherman (apparently he is enough of a realist to understand that becoming a professional on Guitar Hero was not going to happen), or to opt for Tommy John surgery and
One of the downfalls of having an unbalanced schedule in MLB is that teams will end up facing a lot of competition from the other divisions in their league earlier in the year. For the Twins this means a healthy dose of the AL East and AL West to start the 2012 campaign. The AL East has three of the top teams in the entire American League and the AL West has put together two of
It appears that the polarizing Twins topic of the first ten days of spring training is the Twins bullpen. There are many who believe that the Twins messed up by not adding more veteran relief pitchers to major league contracts during the offseason. Iím firmly on the opposite side of that argument. I believe that the Twins took a good, calculated risk that Joel Zumaya could actually stay healthy in 2012. If that happened, they could have a difference-maker in the bullpen. As it turned out, his spring
So where the heck is waldo? Everyone who considers themselves a true Twins fan knows who waldo is. He is the fan that has been to every twins game since 2004. He is the guy who sat out in center field at the dome and whore the whit helmet. He is the guy who got acknowledged every game by Torii Hunter and almost always had a ball thrown to him from Torii. His name Greg Dryden and he is almost done with his one year ban from target field. It happened after he caught Jim Thome's HR 596 (?). According