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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Chris Colabello Finds Comfort at the Plate

From the Worcester Tornadoes to the AL Player of the Week.

DL from MN Posted: April 09, 2014 at 12:40 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Friday, April 04, 2014

NYT: Kepner: Era of Squiggles

“In the ‘80s, we started to have people basically say, ‘Oh, handwriting’s not important, because in five or 10 years everything in the world will be computerized,’ ” [handwriting instructor Kate] Gladstone said. “But I don’t think we’re yet at the stage of typing our names onto baseballs.”

Kepner adduces Harmon Killebrew as a model signer of baseballs, and I happen to have one signed by him on my desk – a very legible autograph, for sure, but suspiciously similar to a dozen other 1970 Twins on the same ball.  Perhaps it was only the clubhouse boys of yore who were well-trained in cursive? :)

BDC Posted: April 04, 2014 at 09:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: collecting, memorabilia, twins, yankees

Thursday, March 27, 2014

During A Bender, David Wells Took A Break To Throw A Perfect Game, Immediately Returned To The Party

Boomer rumor

David Wells is one of the few people who excels at working while hungover. Case in point: He’d spent the night before a day game partying at an SNL cast party. In 1998. Ya, probably a bit more than just drinking going on, but that didn’t stop Boomer from retiring 27 straight Minnesota Twins the following morning.

That’s right — after getting sloppy with Jim Breuer, Will Ferrell, Ana Gasteyer, Darrell Hammond, Chris Kattan, Norm Macdonald, Tim Meadows, Tracy Morgan, Cheri Oteri, Colin Quinn, and Molly Shannon — David Wells spent 2 hours 40 minutes sweating bullets and striking out eleven batters en route to the first perfect game ever thrown by a Yankee.

eddieot Posted: March 27, 2014 at 01:50 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: burp, david wells, saturday night live, twins, yankees

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Great Expectations, Great Variations «

Jonah Keri checks in from spring training.

Every team wants to develop its own Mike Trout or Clayton Kershaw. Not every team tries to do that in the same way, however. To better understand baseball’s competing prospect philosophies, we hit the spring training circuit.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2014 at 11:01 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, rays, red sox, spring training, twins

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Miguel Sano to have Tommy John surgery

Miguel Sano’s worst fears came true on Saturday morning.

The highly-touted third base prospects has a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and will need Tommy John surgery. Sano will fly to Minnesota next week to have the surgery.

Sano was injured during Thursday’s intrasquad game when he rushed a throw to retire Kurt Suzuki.

The ordeal goes back to the minor league season, when the elbow bothered him while he played for Class AA New Britain. It continued to bother him while he played for Estrellas of the Dominican Winter League, and the decision was made for him to rest for two weeks. He tired to throw after that and still in problems so, during the first week of November, the decision was made to shut him down for the remainder of the winter ball season because of the strained UCL.

...The Twins were careful with Sano in some throwing drills. But he passed all the tests and was given the green light to play. He could go through all the drills he wanted but the real test would come during game action when he would have to make throws from different angels.

It didn’t take long for him to be tested, as he had to hurry to make the play on Suzuki.

Tommy John rehab for position players isn’t as extensive as pitchers, but indications are that Sano’s season could be over.

Thanks to Los.

Repoz Posted: March 01, 2014 at 11:06 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Carl Pavano is retiring

Damn! Pavano is 557 on the Starting Pitcher JAWS Leader Board and not 550 (DL in Roman Numerals).

As of a couple months ago Carl Pavano was trying to make a comeback after missing all of last season following a gruesome home accident in which he suffered a ruptured spleen, but now he’s ready to call it a career.

Pavano’s agent told Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors that the 38-year-old right-hander is retiring after 14 seasons in the majors, issuing the following statement:

  Despite my strong desire to compete and hard work in preparing for the upcoming season I feel that the amount of time lost from my spleen injury, coupled with the recovery from my complications from that injury, preclude me from continuing to compete at my highest level, which is necessary to perform in the major leagues.

Repoz Posted: February 26, 2014 at 06:22 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

2014 Baseball America Top 100 Prospects

The definitive list of baseball’s up and coming talent celebrates its 25th edition this year.

1. Byron Buxton
2. Xander Bogaerts
3. Oscar Taveras
4. Masahiro Tanaka
5. Javier Baez

JJ1986 Posted: February 19, 2014 at 11:09 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, cubs, minors, prospects, twins

Friday, January 31, 2014

Jack Morris talks about what he sees as Twins’ biggest issues this season & the HOF

Jack Morris: “Your pitcher is the guy that can lead the charge and have to shut down other team, ironically talk to Paul Molitor who’s going to be on the bench with Ron Gardenhire this year and Paul and I played together in ‘93 asked about his role, biggest role is to keep guys positive, young guys tend to start thinking too much and negative thoughts especially when they don’t have success and we know baseball is a marathon and not a sprint so he thinks challenge for him to reinforce positive thoughts.”

I know it’s fresh, the Hall of Fame ballot your thoughts not being on the ballot and not getting enough votes, what is your reaction?

“It is what it is, I’m grateful honored majority of writers in my corner, sometimes that’s forgotten, Jack Morris didn’t make the Hall, isn’t he mad? I got 2/3 of the vote, I would have won every presidential candidacy for the last 100 years, but not so in baseball, proud of what I did, doesn’t define my career in any way shape or form proud of it, got 4 rings and all sorts of bragging rights and can tell stories till the batteries run out in the camera right now.”

Thanks to Pete.

Repoz Posted: January 31, 2014 at 07:29 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: hof, twins

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Jack Morris addresses Hall of Fame snub

Worst Morris snub since Morris Ankrum didn’t win an Oscar for “Taza, Son of Cochise”!

On the day he officially returned to the Minnesota Twins broadcast team, Jack Morris answered a few questions about the Hall of Fame.

Not the Twins Hall of Fame, the one former teammate Chuck Knoblauch will enter this August. The one in Cooperstown, the one Morris failed to reach on Jan. 8 in his 15th and final appearance on the ballot of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

“I’m relieved,” Morris said. “I’m glad. I’m tired of getting scrutinized by writers.”

Morris’ vote percentage actually dropped — from 67.7 percent to 61.5 percent — in his final year on the writers’ ballot. Despite 254 career victories and a strong postseason record, the workhorse right-hander fell 78 votes shy in 2014 after coming within 42 votes of induction one year earlier.

“Fifteen years ought to be long enough for anybody, you know?” Morris said. “If it’s not going to happen in 15 years, it’s not going to happen.”

...“Over the last several years I’ve had a lot of support from hall of famers,” Morris said. “It’s another process. It’s nothing I can control. It’s nice to know your colleagues think highly of you, but we’ll have to just wait and see. I think Jim Kaat and Tony Oliva are hall of famers, and they’re still waiting for that call themselves.”

Asked whether he is encouraged by the recent overhaul of the veterans’ process, which seems to have broken a logjam of sorts for those overlooked by the baseball writers, Morris pointed out nothing is guaranteed.

“I think it has a lot to do with who’s eligible in that particular year,” Morris said. “Timing is huge in this crazy game. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens. There’s certainly going to be a lot of worthy candidates as we go forward.”

Repoz Posted: January 25, 2014 at 02:45 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: hof, twins

Friday, January 24, 2014

Chuck Knoblauch elected to Twins Hall of Fame

The four-time All-Star and 1991 American League Rookie of the Year is set to become the 27th member of the Twins Hall of Fame on Aug. 23, when he is inducted during a special on-field pregame ceremony before the Twins host the Detroit Tigers at Target Field.

DL from MN Posted: January 24, 2014 at 03:51 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, hot dogs, twins

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Schoenfield: The 10 worst mascots ever

1. Crazy Crab (Giants)
2. Chief Noc-a-Homa (Braves)
3. Original Pirate Parrot (Pirates)
4. Twinkie the Loon (Twins)
5. Charlie-O (A’s)
6. Ribbie and Roobarb (White Sox)
7. Bernie Brewer (Brewers)
8. Dandy (Yankees)
9. Junction Jack (Astros)
10. Rootin’ Tootin’ Ranger (Rangers)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Braves trade for Twins C Doumit

After a season of having three catchers at manager Fredi Gonzalez’s disposal, the Braves have decided they want to do it again. The team traded for veteran catcher Ryan Doumit, sending minor leaguer pitcher and former first round draft pick Sean Gilmartin to the Minnesota Twins.

Braves Acquire Ryan Doumit for Sean Gilmartin

On Wednesday afternoon, the two GMs completed a trade that brings [Ryan] Doumit to Atlanta in exchange for left-handed pitching prospect Sean Gilmartin, a former first-round selection whose development had stalled over the past couple of years….

With this acquisition, the Braves have satisfied their desire to add versatility, depth and power potential to their bench. Doumit is a capable switch-hitter who will likely primarily be used as a pinch-hitter. He also will serve as the third catcher and a backup option at both first base and the corner-outfield spots.

CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: December 19, 2013 at 12:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, pennant clinched, twins

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Verducci: Morris Deserves Spot in Hall of Fame

A lot of people on this site have been asking for a credible Jack Morris Hall of Fame argument.  It won’t convince everyone (especially around here) but Verducci gives it an honest shot. 



Chris Fluit Posted: December 04, 2013 at 01:53 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, hall of fame, jack morris, tigers, twins, verducci

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Twins sign Phil Hughes for $24 million over three years

Phil Hughes will join Ricky Nolasco in a rebuilt Twins rotation, according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, agreeing to a three-year, $24 million contract on Saturday.

Hughes, the winter’s youngest free agent at age 27, is coming off a rough season in which he went 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA in 29 starts and one relief appearance for the Yankees. Getting out of Yankee Stadium and it’s shallow right field porch should do him a whole lot of good, though it’s not like he’s been any sort of ace on the road, either.

The curious thing is that Hughes held out for the longer deal rather than going the Josh Johnson route and signing a one-year contract, with the chance of landing a much bigger payday next winter. Certainly, if he had bounced back and turned in a season more like his 2012, he could have been in a position to land the kind of four-year, $49 million deal that Nolasco just got or something bigger. Frankly, it suggests a lack of confidence that he’d rather have the much more modest three-year deal right now.

Thanks to The Bucky Guth Institute.


Repoz Posted: December 01, 2013 at 12:31 AM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: twins, yankees

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Twins Agree To Terms With Ricky Nolasco

Everyone’s so agreeable lately!  ‘Tis the season, I suppose.

The Twins have agreed to terms with right-hander Ricky Nolasco, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish (Twitter link)... Nolasco split the 2013 season between the Marlins and Dodgers, totaling a 3.70 ERA with 7.4 K/9, 2.1 BB/9 and a 43 percent ground-ball rate. The soon-to-be 31-year-old was one of the earliest players to be moved this July… terms of the deal haven’t surfaced at this time

The District Attorney Posted: November 27, 2013 at 07:08 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, ricky nolasco, transactions, twins

Monday, November 11, 2013

Minnesota Twins’ Joe Mauer to move from catcher to first base | News

Football isn’t the only sport dealing with concussion issues.

After consultation with doctors from the Mayo Clinic and team doctors, and given the inherent risks of future injury at the catcher position, the organization and Mauer said they determined that it would be in the best interest of both parties for a position change.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2013 at 12:34 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: joe mauer, twins

Thursday, November 07, 2013

BA: Sano, Buxton Winter Seasons Cut Short by Injury

And Twins’ fans everywhere (hello Aaron Gleeman) cringe!

On the heels of a dispiriting 96-loss season in the American League, the Twins now feel the sting of injuries to two of the game’s premier prospects. The organization believes neither injury is serious, however.

Third baseman Miguel Sano won’t play the remainder of the Dominican League season because of a strained collateral ligament in his right elbow. He appeared in two games for the Estrellas and went 1-for-5 with four walks and two strikeouts. Sano stands as the top power-hitting prospect in the minors and ranked No. 3 on our midseason Top 50 update.

Meanwhile, center fielder Byron Buxton likely will miss the rest of the Arizona Fall League season after straining his left, non-throwing shoulder, Twins director of minor league operations Brad Steil told Berardino. The BA Minor League Player of the Year and consensus top talent in the minors, Buxton hit .212/.288/.404 in 52 at-bats for Glendale.

Mike Emeigh Posted: November 07, 2013 at 04:24 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, twins

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Orlando Cabrera To Retire From Baseball


Last season, Orlando Cabrera batted .238 with the Indians and Giants, posting a 61 OPS+. The season before that, he posted a 76 OPS+. The season before that, he posted an 85 OPS+. Orlando Cabrera has been declining, and just turned 37 years old. As a free agent, Cabrera didn’t drum up much interest, which I’m guessing is why he’s intending to hang ‘em up. Enrique Rojas:

  “Orlando Cabrera to retire from baseball, he said in Colombia radio station. Thanks for memories!”

Cabrera had a long career that’ll be difficult to forget. He debuted with the Expos in 1997, and remained there until the giant Nomar Garciaparra three-way trade in 2004. That year, with the Red Sox, Cabrera won a World Series. He wound up with the Angels, earning the unfortunate nickname “The Wizard of O.C.”, and then he wound up with the White Sox, and the A’s, and the Twins, and the Reds, and the Indians, and the Giants ... He remained a shortstop to the end, and collected 2,055 hits. He will always be remembered as a pest. An absolute pest.

Repoz Posted: January 18, 2012 at 10:06 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, athletics, expos, giants, indians, red sox, reds, twins, white sox

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Zumaya agrees to deal with Twins

Game on!

The Tigers could end up seeing a lot of Joel Zumaya this year after all. It’ll just be in a different uniform, albeit an awfully familiar one.

After throwing for teams in December and holding out for a roster spot and the right situation, Zumaya has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Twins, the reliever told The two sides spent Saturday putting together a deal that could pay him anywhere from $800,000 to $1.7 million if he reaches incentives.

A Twins official would neither confirm nor deny the deal to, but said they’ve been in negotiations since December.

Zumaya weighed what he called “good offers” from three other clubs,  but the Twins included guaranteed money rather than a minor-league deal with a Spring Training invite. If he’s healthy, they’ll bring him to the same mound at Target Field where he last threw a Major League pitch. He fractured his elbow throwing for the Tigers against the Twins on June 28, 2010.

Repoz Posted: January 15, 2012 at 04:00 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers, twins

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.

Friday, January 13, 2012

BBPro:  Heartburn Hardball - Jack Morris in Motion

Morris, who was the face of the Detroit Tigers’ pitching staff for the entirety of the eighties before spending the early nineties hopping between the Twins, Blue Jays, and Indians, has every right to be thrilled at the news. And the rest of us, especially those who were too young to see him pitch, have every right to ask…why Jack Morris? Why now?

To answer that question, I decide to watch the most famous performance of his career, the game that proved once and for all that he was a true ace and a true winner.


The Twins will win 1-0 in the bottom of the 10th, winning the second World Series title in franchise history and solidifying Jack Morris’s place in baseball history.

And when it’s over, I will be more convinced than ever that Jack Morris is not a Hall of Fame pitcher.



Completely Unbiased 3rd Party Lurker Posted: January 13, 2012 at 02:39 PM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hall of fame, tigers, twins

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Goldman: Bernie Williams vs. Kirby Puckett

Let’s ask Erardi!...okay, maybe not.

I was watching the Hall of Fame announcement show on the MLB Network on Monday–congratulations to a very deserving Barry Larkin–and something Peter Gammons said as an aside in a discussion of Bernie Williams’ suitability for the Hall of Fame stuck with me: “He wasn’t as good as Kirby Puckett,” the Great Gammo almost muttered, as they cut to a commercial break.

I haven’t been able to put that comment out of my mind, because I’m not certain why Gammons is so sure. Both were excellent hitters with very different skills who nonetheless arrived at similar results. Puckett was short and stout, Williams long and lithe. Puckett reaped a huge benefit from his Metrodome home park, hitting .344/.388/.521 at home, .291/.331/.430 on the road. Williams was about the same hitter everywhere. Both were Gold Glove center fielders who won several of the defensive awards with their bats. Both won a single batting title. Puckett led the AL in hits four times; Williams walked too much to compete in that department.

Career-wise, Williams looks a little worse overall, but that’s because his peak isn’t quite so high and his career is a little longer. Due to glaucoma, Puckett’s career came to an abrupt end, depriving him of a decline phase, whereas Williams got to play until he was no longer useful. If you consider both through their age-35 seasons, it’s a virtual tie: Williams had hit .301/.388/.488 in 1804 games, while Puckett hit .318/.360/.477 in 1783 games.

Repoz Posted: January 12, 2012 at 06:52 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, sabermetrics, twins, yankees

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

The Greatest Animated Sports .GIFs of 2011

32. Cliff Lee declines to run out his own grounder

I’m a firm opponent of the designated hitter rule, because just as I love to watch a punter try to scoop up a bad snap and try to throw it, or see a 7’1” center with no range try to chuck up a last-second three, I love watching pitchers hit.

Never will I come closer to seeing what it would be like if someone with my skill set tried to perform on a professional level. I mean, how nuts is this: in the National League, five to 10 percent of all at-bats are taken by men who, by everyone’s admission, are profoundly bad at it! It’s Dada performance art, and the ubiquity of such comical nonsense—over the course of a game, a season, and the history of baseball—is unrivaled by anything in any other sport.

This GIF features a delightful bonus: the catcher starts jogging to the dugout well before the play ends. It’s beautiful.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 04, 2012 at 10:33 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dodgers, online, phillies, twins

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Jason Marquis, Twins agree on deal

Marquis de Target Field?

Gamingboy Posted: December 22, 2011 at 09:46 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

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