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Monday, May 24, 2021

The Twins? Sellers? Here’s why they could be

“We are a franchise that is going to strive to make decisions to help our team, either for today or for the future,” Twins general manager Thad Levine said. “Where we—like so many teams—try to stay disciplined is not being caught in that middle range, where you’re kind of doing neither and you’re missing opportunities.”

Levine recalled a lesson that he learned from Oakland’s executive vice president Billy Beane early in his career: During the six-month season, executives should use the first two months to assess their team, the next two months to make the necessary changes, then sit back for the final two months and see how it plays out.

The first two months of 2021 are almost over, leaving the Twins with some harsh realities to consider….

Should the Twins decide to look ahead to 2021, the obvious trade candidates would be Nelson Cruz, Andrelton Simmons, Michael Pineda, J.A. Happ, Alex Colomé, Hansel Robles and Matt Shoemaker, all of whom can become free agents this fall.

Cruz, Simmons, Happ, Colomé, Robles and Shoemaker all signed one-year deals with the Twins this past offseason.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 24, 2021 at 05:08 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Thursday, May 20, 2021

The Most Disappointing Teams In MLB So Far

But when it comes to missed expectations this season, let’s be honest: Nobody is really close to Minnesota. So what the heck happened in the Twin Cities?

It might be tempting to point to the Twins’ reduced power output and conclude that a team so reliant on the long ball (51 percent of Minnesota’s runs in 2019 and 2020 came via homers) will naturally struggle if that power starts to fade. And it’s true that Twins hitters have been going deep less and less: Minnesota has gone from a home run on 4.8 percent of plate appearances in 2019 to 3.6 percent in 2021.

The problem with that explanation is that the league as a whole has experienced a big power drain since the lively ball days of 2019, with reductions in home runs per game (down 18 percent), slugging percentage (down 10 percent) and isolated power (down 14 percent) across the sport over the past two seasons….

Instead, the Twins’ biggest offensive problem has simply been poor timing. According to FanGraphs, they are the worst clutch-hitting team in the league, producing 2.9 fewer wins than we’d expect from their context-neutral stats simply by underperforming in high-leverage situations. This includes everything from Minnesota’s comparatively anemic .648 OPS with runners in scoring position and two outs (down 20 percent from their overall norm) to the team’s .668 mark late in close games (down 16 percent). With a chance to turn the tide in big moments, the Twins have done themselves no favors at the plate.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 20, 2021 at 10:39 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Twins broadcasters miffed at White Sox for swinging at 3-0 eephus pitch in blowout

On Monday night, the Chicago White Sox did what they’ve been doing all season long…beating up the Minnesota Twins. Trailing 15-4 in the top of the 9th inning, the Twins sent catcher Willians Astudillo to the mound. Their fifth pitcher on the evening, the team clearly decided to consider this game a lost cause and go with a position player instead of wasting an inning from someone on their staff. Fair enough. With two outs, Astudillo was facing Yermin Mercedes when he got behind 3-0 on the count. Assuming that Mercedes would let the next pitch go, Astudillo effectively threw an eephus pitch, which Mercedes promptly clocked into centerfield for a solo home run.

After a little bit of bemused chuckling, the Twins broadcast went silent as Mercedes circled the bases. As he reached home plate, play-by-play announcer Dick Bremer asked the question, “Does it matter that he swung on 3 and 0?” His booth partner, Roy Smalley, responded by saying “I don’t like it….at 15-4, I don’t like it. You’re gonna get the same pitch after this.” Smalley punctuated the moment by noting the pitch was “47 miles per hour.”

 

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2021 at 02:28 PM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: twins, unwritten rules, yermin mercedes

Monday, April 12, 2021

Minnesota Twins, Timberwolves postpone games in wake of police shooting of Daunte Wright

The Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Timberwolves postponed games on Monday following the police shooting of Daunte Wright on Sunday night.

“Out of respect for the tragic events that occurred yesterday in Brooklyn Center, and following the additional details in this evolving situation, the Minnesota Twins have decided it is in the best interest of our fans, staff, players and community to not play today’s game” the Twins said in a statement.

The Twins were slated to play the Boston Red Sox. The Timberwolves were scheduled to play the Brooklyn Nets.

The decision to postpone the game was made by the Twins after consulting Major League Baseball, in addition to local and state officials.

Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, died Sunday after a police officer shot him in the suburb of Brooklyn Center during a traffic stop. The Brooklyn Center police chief said the shooting was accidental, as the officer involved intended to fire a stun gun and not a handgun during a struggle with Wright. Police were trying to arrest him on an outstanding warrant.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 12, 2021 at 03:56 PM | 310 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Sunday, April 04, 2021

Twins’ Jose Berrios, Brewers’ Corbin Burnes flirt with no-hitters during historic pitching duel

Major League Baseball’s 2021 regular season turned three days old Saturday, but Jose Berrios and Corbin Burnes may have recorded the pitching duel of the year as part of the Minnesota Twins’ 2-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Through six innings the pair had combined for 23 strikeouts, zero hits, zero walks and two hit batters.

Though Berrios was not permitted to begin the seventh inning after throwing 84 pitches across the first six frames, the Twins were able to come within five outs of a combined no-hitter after Taylor Rogers struck out the side in the seventh. Omar Narvaez then singled off Tyler Duffey to end the bid with one out in the eighth.

Nevertheless, Berrios finished his night having punched out 12 of the 19 batters he faced. He amassed 18 whiffs on 36 swings, with nine of those coming against his signature curveball. He even limited the quality of contact the Brewers made to the extent that Milwaukee’s batted balls had an average exit velocity of 78.1 mph; for reference, the worst exit velocity among qualified hitters last season was 82.2 mph. Berrios’ outing was a resounding success, and a welcomed sign after a disappointing 2020 that saw him post his worst ERA and his worst strikeout-to-walk ratio since his rookie season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 04, 2021 at 09:29 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, corbin burnes, jose berrios, twins

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Sources: Randy Dobnak, Minnesota Twins agree to 5-year, $9.25M extension that includes 3 club options

Pitcher Randy Dobnak and the Minnesota Twins are in agreement on a five-year, $9.25 million contract extension with three club options, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The deal can max out at $29.75 million with the options and can grow with escalators, sources told Passan.

Undrafted out of Alderson Broaddus University in West Virginia, Dobnak signed with the Twins in 2017 out of the independent United Shore Professional Baseball League for $500 and reached the majors in August 2019 after spending nearly two years as an Uber and Lyft driver.

Dobnak, 26, is 8-5 with a 3.12 ERA in 19 career appearances, including 15 starts, with the Twins.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 28, 2021 at 06:29 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: randy dobnak, twins

Friday, March 26, 2021

Twins mourn the loss of bench coach Mike Bell

The entire Minnesota Twins organization is saddened by the death of current bench coach Mike Bell, who passed away today at the age of 46 from cancer. The Twins issued the following statement regarding the loss of Bell:...

Bell joined the Twins organization as manager Rocco Baldelli’s bench coach prior to the club’s division-winning 2020 season; the 2021 campaign was to be his 29th in professional baseball. Before coming to Minnesota, Bell spent the previous 13 years with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, serving as Vice President of Player Development (2017-19), Director of Player Development (2011-16), Minor League Field Coordinator (2010) and as a minor league manager for three seasons (2008-09 at Single-A Visalia and 2007 at Short-A Yakima). As a player, Bell was selected by the Texas Rangers in the first round of the 1993 First-Year Player Draft and played parts of 13 seasons (1993-2005) with seven organizations. He made his major league debut on July 20, 2000 for the Cincinnati Reds and hit two homers with four RBI across 19 games.

Mike Bell was part of a three-generation baseball family that is among the most respected and beloved in the game: Grandfather, Gus, played 15 years in the majors; father, Buddy, spent 27 years in Major League Baseball, nine as a manager and 18 as a player; brother, Ricky, was a third-round selection by Los Angeles-NL in the 1997 First-Year Player Draft; and brother, David, is entering his third season as Cincinnati’s manager, after a 12-year playing career in the majors.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 26, 2021 at 04:51 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Twins prospect Royce Lewis, the No. 1 pick in 2017 draft, tears ACL and will likely miss 2021 season

Shortstop Royce Lewis, one of the Twins’ top prospects, has torn his ACL and will likely miss the entire 2021 season, Twins president Derek Falvey told reporters, including Betsy Helfand of the of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Wednesday. Lewis, 21, was the first overall pick in the 2017 draft out of JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, California. Thanks to the pandemic, we didn’t get to see his progress at the minor-league level last season, but Lewis played 127 games between Class A-Advanced and Double-A in 2019, hitting .236/.290/.371 with 26 doubles, four triples, 12 homers, 49 RBI, 73 runs and 22 steals.

It’s true that those numbers aren’t very impressive, but Lewis also tore it up in the Arizona Fall League following the regular season, slashing .353/.411/.565 with 20 RBI and 21 runs in his 22 games.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 24, 2021 at 11:55 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: royce lewis, twins

Monday, February 15, 2021

Twins reportedly agree to terms with veteran pitcher Matt Shoemaker

The Minnesota Twins have agreed to a one-year deal with veteran pitcher Matt Shoemaker. According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the two sides have agreed to a deal worth $2 million with an additional $250,000 in performance bonuses.

Shoemaker got off to a strong start in his major league career, finishing second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2016. In his first three seasons in the league, Shoemaker compiled a record of 32-27 with a 3.80 ERA but ran into injury issues after taking a line drive off the head in 2016.

The incident resulted in a skull fracture for Shoemaker and required surgery to stop the bleeding on his brain. While the 34-year-old returned to the majors the following season, he has been limited to 32 starts over the past five seasons with an array of shoulder and soft tissue injuries.

The addition of Shoemaker figures to play into the Twins’ battle for the fifth spot in the rotation. With Randy Dobnak and Devin Smeltzer as the leading candidates, the team learned that Lewis Thorpe will have a fourth option to the minors due to his injuries (via The Athletic’s Aaron Gleeman), which opens the door for a pitcher like Shoemaker to take the spot.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 15, 2021 at 06:34 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Thursday, February 04, 2021

Twins reach deal with closer Alex Colomé

The free-agent dominoes are now falling quickly for the Twins—and this time, they continued to move down their checklist by addressing a major need in the bullpen.

The Twins and right-hander Alex Colomé agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract on Wednesday that includes a mutual option for 2022 with a $1.25 million buyout, sources told MLB.com. The former White Sox closer won’t assume sole control of the ninth-inning role in Minnesota, but he’ll continue to bolster the back end of the Twins’ bullpen alongside Taylor Rogers, Hansel Robles and Tyler Duffey, among other options.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 04, 2021 at 01:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex colome, twins

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

Sources: Nelson Cruz returning to Minnesota Twins on 1-year, $13M deal

Designated hitter Nelson Cruz and the Minnesota Twins are in agreement on a one-year, $13 million contract, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Cruz, 40, has been a linchpin of the Bomba Squad Twins’ lineup. And he’ll be back right in the middle of it in 2021.

The slugger, who hit .303 with 16 home runs, 33 RBIs and a career-high OPS+ (169) in the pandemic-shortened season, finished sixth in the American League MVP voting and was selected as the Marvin Miller Man of Year in the annual Players Choice Awards.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 03, 2021 at 10:12 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: nelson cruz, twins

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

SS Andrelton Simmons, Minnesota Twins agree to 1-year, $10.5M contract, sources say

Shortstop Andrelton Simmons and the Minnesota Twins are in agreement on a one-year, $10.5 million contract, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

A four-time Gold Glove Award winner, Simmons has established himself among the most brilliant defensive shortstops in baseball history. Since his first full season in 2013, Simmons easily leads the majors with 172 defensive runs saved (Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is second with 120).

Simmons will be the Twins’ starting shortstop, with Jorge Polanco moving to second base and Luis Arraez still expected to get plenty of at-bats in a super-utility role.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 26, 2021 at 08:44 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: andrelton simmons, twins

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Veteran LHP Happ, Twins have deal

The Twins moved to solidify their starting rotation on Wednesday, reaching an agreement on a one-year contract with veteran left-hander J.A. Happ, a source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand. The club has not confirmed the deal, which is pending a physical and was first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

With Jake Odorizzi, Rich Hill and Homer Bailey all free agents, the Twins have been in search of depth to support a rotation that features Kenta Maeda and José Berríos at the top.

Happ brings no shortage of experience. The 38-year-old has spent 14 seasons in the Majors with the Phillies, Astros, Blue Jays, Mariners, Pirates and Yankees, amassing a record of 123-92 and an ERA of 3.98 over 324 games (298 starts).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 20, 2021 at 05:33 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: j.a. happ, twins

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Twins sign former Angels closer Hansel Robles

Hansel Robles, who served as the Angels’ closer in 2019 before a loss of velocity and a flurry of home runs cost him the job in 2020, will attempt to revive his career in the Twins’ bullpen.

Robles became the first major league free agent signing of the offseason for Minnesota, agreeing to a one-year free agent contract worth $2 million on Tuesday.

The Twins have subtracted four righthanded relievers since the 2020 season ended. Robles represents the first step in replenishing their bullpen for 2021, though it likely hinges upon the 30-year-old Dominican recovering some of the fastball velocity he lost during the pandemic-shortened season.

Robles’ fastball averaged 97.3 mph during his stint as Angels closer in 2019, but dipped to 95.7 during his disastrous 2020. Robles, using a changeup more frequently to compensate, allowed 19 hits, including four home runs, and 10 walks in just 16⅔ innings, and his 10.26 ERA made it easy for Los Angeles to non-tender him this offseason.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 30, 2020 at 09:55 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: hansel robles, twins

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Orlando Cabrera To Retire From Baseball

OH NO, EXPO!

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 09:06 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 MLB.com. 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 MLB.com, 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 03:00 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 01:39 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 05:52 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 09:33 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 08:46 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Mackey: Don’t laugh, but healthy Mauer, Morneau vault offense near top ?

Leapin’ Lavillenie’s! Good luck with that.

- The team run total projection was derived by using David Smyth’s base runs estimator formula—a formula that is generally accurate within 10-15 runs.

...- The biggest reason for the jump in runs, besides health, would be due to a massive injection of on-base percentage—specifically with Carroll and Willingham. Mauer and Morneau are on-base machines as well, when healthy.

- If any of these players performs better or worse than the numbers listed, the overall run total of the team will obviously be affected. In other words, if Morneau struggles like he did last season, all bets are off—and 771 runs could turn into 720 or fewer, and so on.

- Plate appearances for each player were rough estimates, and they may be optimistic in the cases of Span, Mauer and Morneau.

- It’s highly likely the Twins will use more than the 13 batters listed. In that case, the additional players will cut into the playing time of those listed above (Drew Butera and Joe Benson, for instance). Those additional players may or may not affect the overall end run total.

Scoring 771 runs would have ranked the Twins fourth in baseball last season behind the Red Sox (875), Yankees (867), Rangers (855) and Tigers (787).

But what are the chances Mauer and Morneau are healthy and productive for six months?

 

Repoz Posted: December 22, 2011 at 10:59 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: history, projections, sabermetrics, twins

Monday, December 19, 2011

Kubel, D-backs reach two-year deal

Heyman says 2 years, $15 million. That is one expensive pinch hitter!

The D-backs have agreed to terms with free-agent outfielder Jason Kubel on a two-year contract with an option, a baseball source confirmed Monday.

The move is somewhat surprising in that the D-backs had not been linked in any rumors to Kubel, nor had they been rumored to be in the market for an outfielder.

Kubel, 29, hit .273 with 12 home runs and 58 RBIs for the Twins in 2011. He was originally drafted by Minnesota in the 12th round of the 2000 First-Year Player Draft…

Over his career, Kubel has split his time between the outfield corners. With the D-backs, it would appear that he would become the starting left fielder with Gerardo Parra being shifted to a fourth outfield position, or used in a trade to acquire another position of need.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 19, 2011 at 03:10 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, twins

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Twinkie Town: Twins Officially Sign Josh Willingham: Contract Breakdown and Analysis

I’m guessing Willingham is a strike-throwing pitcher with no velocity?

Twitter is blowing up with the news that the Twins have made the Josh Willingham signing official. He’ll get three years, earning $7 million in both 2012 and 2013, with the possibility of adding another million on top of all that in 2014 should he reach 525 plate appearances in ‘13. It’s a good deal, and here’s why.

Over the next three years, each win above replacement should cost somewhere just north of $5 million dollars, depending on the baseball and more wide-ranging fiscal markets. With the understanding that we want to be conservative we’ll estimate that from 2012 to 2014, when Willingham’s contract expires, cost for each win above replacement will average at $5.25 million….

If Josh Willingham maintains his averages, he will have been worth almost twice what the Twins will pay him. And if he exceeds those numbers, the value of this contract obviously becomes even greater.

To be honest, I’d be surprised if he maintained his 2.5 WAR-per-season average at this point in his career. We’re paying a guy for his age-33, 34 and 35 seasons, so it’s unrealistic to expect him to perform like he has through his prime. But that doesn’t make this a bad deal. It’s still a very good one.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 15, 2011 at 06:42 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Where Does Target Field Concert Cash Go?

$300 to see Kenny Cheney and Tim McGraw? That’s the shitkickingest thing I’ve seen since Elton Britt ran for President in 1960!

If taxpayers pick up the tab for a new sports stadium which later hosts a concert, where does that money go and does the public get a kickback for their investment? That’s a question currently occupying many minds after the first concert at Target Field sold out in only four hours.

FOX 9 News reporter Tom Lyden began looking for the answer after a viewer e-mailed, asking if the team pockets all the profits from the concerts held at the ballpark—but when it comes to the money trail, there are few simple answers with public stadiums.

Baseball may be the game of the summer, but Target Field is now proving that there’s big money to be made beyond baseball. Soon, about 39,000 country music fans will pack the house to see Kenny Cheney and Tim McGraw. Some fans even shelled out $300 per ticket.

So who gets that money? Twins spokesman Keven Smith says he wishes they did, but the concert promoter and performers take in all the money generated at the gate. The Twins keep the concessions cash—but they don’t know how much that will amount to.

“We don’t know how concessions go,” Smith admitted. “We run a baseball team, not a concert venue. Not yet.”

Repoz Posted: December 14, 2011 at 11:08 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, music, twins

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