Dusty Baker would have been banned from this league forever.
Alexandria Blue Anchors manager Al Newman wanted to give his pitcher an opportunity to throw a complete game on Monday afternoon against the Willmar Stingers.
It’s a move that ended up costing him a 14-game suspension and a $1,000 fine from the Northwoods League (NWL). Newman says he thought he was within the legal pitch-count guidelines set forth by the NWL when he sent Angelo State’s Graylon Brown out for the ninth inning on ...
It’s Miguel Sano is getting called up by the Twins day!
In a surprising move, the Twins optioned first baseman/designated hitter Kennys Vargas to Double-A Chattanooga after Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to the Reds. The Twins will make a corresponding move before Thursday’s game, and they are expected to call up top prospect Miguel Sano, according to a source familiar with the team’s decision.
The Twins have not announced the move.
FSN: As far as the decision to bring Buxton up from Double-A, plenty goes into that move. Was that a tough call to make?
TR: “Yeah, it is a tough call because you always want to make sure a guy can handle this situation and this level. I don’t think there’s any question just in the short amount of time he’s been up here that he’s shown he can field it, he can throw it and he can run. Now it’s just a matter of piecing the rest of his game together. The bat’s always going to usually be the ...
Would you kill for a Bryce Harper?
Oliveros’s actions bring up an important question: How far would you, as a fan, be comfortable with your team going to improve itself? To stay them in contention? At the risk of being melodramatic, how much of your soul is a couple of extra wins worth?
Me? I don’t demand that ballplayers be good people. I’ve long ago had the hero-worship beaten out of me by Kirby Puckett and Chuck Knoblauch. But there are lines in the sand that I will not cross. One of ...
According to Statcast, his speed topped out at 21.39 mph, which is A) fast enough to get you pulled over in a Massachusetts school zone and B) .41 miles faster than Billy Hamilton’s last triple, hit on May 13 against the Braves and maxing out at 20.98 mph. It’s even faster than Jarrod Dyson’s triple on May 10, which clocked in at 21.03 mph.
The wave of uber-prospect debuts continues. Cool.
Watching Hunter made me miss Earl Weaver and Lou Piniella.
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In 2015, by contrast to 2014, the Twins have held their opponents to 2 or fewer runs 4 more times than their opponents have and allowed 6 or more runs 7 fewer times. That would put them about 9 games over .500. Very close to where they actually are.
This is new info for me.
Suspended pitcher Ervin Santana would be ineligible for the postseason should the resurgent Twins make it that far for the first time since 2010.
The Joint Drug Agreement added that provision in 2014 after Nelson Cruz and Jhonny Peralta went from 50-game suspensions to postseason appearances the previous October.
According to Section 7-H-2 on page 41 of the 60-page document, any player suspended for performance-enhancing drugs “shall be barred from participating in the ...
Dave Letterman had been hosting The Late Show for only four years in 1985 when he came up with “The First Annual Holiday Film Festival”. The idea was that Dave asked a number of notable figures to make short films, and he played them on the show.
Letterman grew up as a baseball fan in Indianapolis. Because Indiana doesn’t have a MLB team, and Indianapolis sounds like “Minneapolis”, Dave adopted Harmon Killebrew as one of his favorite players. So when “The First Annual Holiday Film Festival” ...
The Mount Rushmore for BTF: Chris Truby, Mike Piazza, Madeline Albright, and Frank Tanana.
And Mike Crudale.
So I picked my own four for each club, and then ranked the 30 sets of four. Here they are, from the best to the fourth-best (in my opinion) for each franchise:
1. Giants: Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, Christy Mathewson, Willie McCovey
2. Yankees: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mariano Rivera (see below)
3. Cardinals: Stan Musial, Rogers Hornsby, Albert Pujols, Bob Gibson
4. Red ...
He’s just doing his best to shorten games.
Circle the Fox Theater, Bert!
While today’s Twins-Tigers game was in a rain delay, former Twins pitcher and current analyst Bert Blyleven updated his Twitter followers with photos of the field, and took some cracks at Detroit’s expense in the process.
Guess I ruffled some feathers with my last tweet about download Detroit! Guess all you that responded haven’t seen how ugly your downtown is
— Bert Blyleven (@BertBlyleven28) April 9, 2015
The statement from the #Twins and Fox Sports ...
Smell the suspension.
Minnesota Twins pitcher Ervin Santana has been suspended for 80 games, Major League Baseball announced Friday.
Santana was suspended after testing positive for stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance. The suspension is effective for the first 80 games of the regular season.
He was 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA in 2014 after signing a one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves. Santana parlayed a successful season into a four-year, $55 million deal with the Twins.
The Minnesota Twins introduced the $19 “College Daze Bloody Mary,” which comes garnished with a cold slice of pepperoni pizza in addition to many of the usual fixings one might be accustomed to.
And here’s the full description, courtesy of Hrbeks’.
This Bloody Mary will bring back the memories (or not)! This cool Bloody Mary gets a cold slice of Pepperoni Pizza which is just what you need with a Bloody Mary! If that wasn’t enough you also get all the other fixings! Beef Stick, Pepper Jack ...
3. Chicago White Sox
Worst Offseason Move: None. Seriously, the Pale Hose didn’t put a foot wrong this winter. Although, when we spoke a few weeks ago, Hahn getting fired up about a minor league deal for 36-year-old Brad Penny might’ve been a bit much.
I think it would have been fair to place the David Robertson deal here.
the Twins are giving away possibly the best bobblehead introduced thus far this season. The bobblehead will feature pitcher Phil Hughes dressed in jedi robes and holding a green lightsaber. The best part of the whole thing is that the team is using the hashtag #HughesTheForce to promote the event.
How do you get hit three times?
Pinto left Saturday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles after Adam Jones hit him three times on the follow-through of his swing. All three swings came during the Orioles’ four-run second inning, with the last one striking Pinto on the top of his helmet.
If his sinker was hitting 94, what was his four-seamer hitting?
Gibson, making his second start of the spring, saw his sinker reach as high as 94 mph on the stadium radar gun and he believes he can pitch with increased velocity this season.
Gibson, who posted a 4.47 ERA in 179 1/3 innings in his first full year in the Majors last season, saw his fastball average 91.3 mph last year, according to Fangraphs.com.
“I think [throughout] the year I’d like to stay right around there,” Gibson said of ...
“(Twins manager Paul Molitor) told me I’m going to start in Double-A,” Sano said. “I’m fine. I’m OK. I’ll go to the other side for work. I’ll have the same plan I had over here. I’m feeling normal and happy. I want to have a good season. I’m really excited to go to the other side. Everything is good.”
How long would Sano, who turns 22 on May 11, expect to be at Double-A, which is where he finished the year in 2013?
“Probably one month,” Sano said....Read More...
“Conversely,” Molitor said, “if he’s not going to be here to start — IF he’s not going to be here to start — then he needs to prepare himself to go down and be extended when his season begins, wherever that might be.”
More than 11 months removed from Tommy John surgery that wiped out his 2014 season, Twins third-base prospect Miguel Sano remains on track to enjoy a normal big-league spring training.
“He’s doing pretty much everything,” said Brad Steil, Twins director of minor league operations. “I don’t know if (Twins trainers) are going to watch how much activity he has in the first few days. Sometimes guys get in there and air it out and overdo it.”
Due for a better year: Domonic Brown gets what is maybe his final chance to prove himself as a big league regular. An All-Star in 2013 when he hit 27 home runs, he fell apart in 2014 with a .235/.285/.349 line. There’s still some talent here, but how much?
Due for a worse year: Ruben Amaro Jr.
I’m just the messenger: Everyone has been predicting the decline of the Phillies for a few years and Amaro finally admitted that a rebuilding was in order. He’s been asking for a ransom for Hamels, ...
In case you have been wondering what Corey Koskie has been up to…
“I’m going, wait a minute. This is a baseball game,” Michaels told the host, NBC colleague Mike Florio. “Nobody is screaming like this when the fifth inning starts. ... To me, there was no question” that the crowd noise was not natural.
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