I'm not looking for a DH candidate in a catcher, I've been that route. I need two catchers. If I have that then I'm going to need three catchers and I don’t want to do that.
--Ron Gardenhire, March 13, 2014
That's the sound of Ron Gardenhire making it clear he doesn't plan to play Josmil Pinto at Designated Hitter this year. Having trimmed the roster down to two catchers, Gardy wants to use his rookie catcher as a true back-up, not as an occasional DH. Yet, even when following
The Minnesota Twins spent January 24-26 celebrating TwinsFest, reminding baseball fans of what they had to look forward to come Opening Day. A week later and across the river, St. Paul cut to the chase and decided rather than whet fans’ appetites, they’d serve up the main course.
Or at least a junk food version of it. In the only state that would think it a good idea to play Winter Ball anywhere north of the Rio Grande, an alliance of the St. Paul Saints, Leinenkugel’s, and the St.