Random Tuesday Twins Thoughts and Tidbits
by, 08-28-2012 at 06:24 PM (652 Views)
[I]Originally published at [URL="http://tenthinningstretch.blogspot.com/2012/08/random-tuesday-twins-thoughts-and_28.html"]The Tenth Inning Stretch[/URL][/I]
Here is this week's installment:
[LIST][*][B]Kyle Gibson[/B] [URL="http://www.twincities.com/twins/ci_21385003/minnesota-twins-kyle-gibson-returns-triple-rochester"]returned to Rochester[/URL] about a year or so after he was injured there[*][URL="http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/08/how-baseball-announcers-subtly-favor-american-players-over-foreign-ones/261265/"]This[/URL] is a really interesting article (and well researched too) about Baseball announcers favoring certain kind of players. Interesting to see whether there is a follow up about managers following suit. Great read.[*]The New Britain Rock Cats (Twins' AA affiliate) [URL="http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120822&content_id=37146538&vkey=news_l113&fext=.jsp&sid=l113"]will host the 2013[/URL] Eastern League All Star Game.[*]Speaking of, current Rock Cats, [B]Deibinson Romero, Aaron Hicks[/B] and [B]Chris Collabelo[/B] were [URL="http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120824&content_id=37256938&vkey=news_l113&fext=.jsp&sid=l113"]named as Eastern League All Stars[/URL][*]Congratulations to[B] Candido Pimentel[/B] of the Elizabethton Twins to be named player of the year for the Appalachian League. He and fellow E-Twins OF [B]Max Kepler[/B] [URL="http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120823&content_id=37214284&vkey=news_l120&fext=.jsp&sid=l120"]made the All Star team[/URL]. In addition their trainer Ryan Hedwell was named League Trainer of the Year.[*]SS [B]Aderlin Mejia[/B] and OF [B]Jeremias Pineda[/B] made it to the [URL="http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120827&content_id=37429990&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&tcid=tw_share"]Gulf Coast League (rookie) All Start Team[/URL][*]The ink on [URL="http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120820&content_id=37016384&vkey=news_l117&fext=.jsp&sid=l117"]this[/URL] piece by John Wagner indicating that [B]Liam Hendrik[/B]s [I]is feeling at home[/I] at Rochester, did not dry and the righty was called up by the Twins. I am sure that he did not mind. Interestingly enough, [URL="http://twitpic.com/amzin7"]this[/URL] is how the official International League Home Page looked the day after Hendriks pitched for the Twins (last Thursday)[*][URL="http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120821&content_id=37089406&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb"]This[/URL] is an interesting article about what Twins' [B]Jose Berrios[/B] and Astros' Carlos Correa are doing for the island of Puerto Rico.[*]Because you probably did not see it [URL="http://rochester.ynn.com/content/sports/595672/twins-and-red-wings-extend-contract/"]here[/URL] is video of Terry Ryan announcing the extension of the Twins Player Development Contract with Rochester, as well as commentary.[*]And who said that [URL="http://instagram.com/p/OmwcNVwnEr/"]you cannot have fun[/URL] if you are Twins' minor leaguer in a pennant race?[*]And from the you-cannot-make-it-up department: The NY Yankees [URL="http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120827&content_id=37420718&c_id=nyy"]acquired[/URL] a player the Twins cut after Spring Training and changed a couple more franchises before he got there this season, and they added him to their 40-man roster[*]And if you always always wanted to have a TK and Gardy and Ray Miller and Billy Martin Bobblehead, you gotta check [URL="http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120827&content_id=37424620&c_id=min"]this[/URL] out.[*][URL="http://finance.yahoo.com/news/twin-cities-automotive-acquire-lejeune-130000445.html"]Looks like[/URL] the Twins' owners are diversifying[*]Twins' product of the week is the [URL="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007ORPEZI/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B007ORPEZI&linkCode=as2&tag=biowriters"] Minnesota Twins Dog Tag[/URL][IMG]http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=biowriters&l=as2&o=1&a=B007ORPEZI[/IMG]. The way this season has been going...[/LIST]
The parting shot today is one that is worth more that 1000 words, but also needs some to describe it: Last few days of 2012 Spring Training. Fort Myers, Florida. A workout drill with AAA pitchers, and most of them were cut from the major league club a while before this was taken. There are 6 gentlemen pictured here. All but [B]Brad Thompson[/B] (who never recovered from injuries and was released - he is second from the left in the background, right behind the guy who is pitching, btw) made the Twins this season and have contributed in varying degrees. Do you recognize them? And this is somewhat of a lesson that perseverence and not getting disappointed by short term perceived failures is a good thing. The tide can and will change...