Posts Tagged ‘Minnesota Twins

27
Nov
09

The Twins’ New Home Looks AWESOME

If, like me you want to see the place where the Boston Red Sox will be winning their first game of the 2010 baseball season, or more specifically where the Minnesota Twins will be calling home for the next couple decades you’re in luck! Via the local Minnesota Public Radio station comes this slideshow “walking-tour” of the new Target Field and quite frankly, it looks DOPE. I’m more than willing to go to that first game if someone wants to buy me tickets and airfare. I’ll take care of a hotel on my own because I’m that good a guy. Click the link below for the full experience.

[Minnesota Public Radio]

01
Oct
09

Joe Mauer Tipping Pitches

Twins catcher Joe Mauer is the likely MVP this season, a soon-to-be two-time batting champion, an excellent defensive catcher and he can seemingly do it all on the baseball field. For instance, here is a great video showing him very clearly passing along signs to his teammate at bat.

It’s pretty blatant and perfectly legal. Although next time he faces Verlander he may get a 99 mph fastball buried in his ribs…

12
Aug
09

College Will Learn Her Good Knowledge

Fans in Minnesota love them some Bert Blyleven and it is a point of honor to get him to “circle” you with his telestrator during the game broadcasts. This one fan managed to get on TV, but probably didn’t deserve to be. I just hope her time in college helps her in the task of learning proper spelling…

twinssignShe clearly spent a significant amount of time on the sign, yet NO ONE noticed before that she had a blatant misspelling? Or does she just have bad friends?

25
Mar
08

Riding the Closer Carousel

Now I love Joe Nathan, hell, I’ve drafted him for the last 3 years for fantasy baseball, he’s a truly dominant closer and one of the top 4 in baseball, that much is undeniable. But the signing of him to a 4 year $47 million contract to me makes zero sense. Consider the trade that brought Nathan to the Twins; the Twins traded AJ Pierzynski to the San Francisco Giants for Francisco Liriano, Boof Bonser, and Nathan. Obviously, Brian Sabean (the SF GM) is an idiot for that trade, but look at how easily the Twins were able to acquire a front-line closer. Add in that the Twins are one of the most respected and well-run organizations (despite the signings of Sidney Ponson last year and Livan Hernandez this year) and it seems safe to assume that the team could manage to attain a closer candidate, (not even counting in-house replacement option Pat Neshak.)

All of which comes back to the fact that the Twins are not going to win their division this year. Or next year most likely. Which means that paying $47 million for a closer is unnecessary. The Twins felt they couldn’t afford to resign Johan Santana, the single best pitcher in the world and have claimed poverty, despite being owned by the single richest of all the owners in baseball, Carl Pohlad.

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