Torii Hunter turns 40 this weekend. He’s been bracing for trouble. Not from his body or mind, despite that daunting number for a professional athlete, but from his Minnesota Twins teammates.
The Twins enter the second half of the season at 49-40, 4.5 games behind Kansas City for first place in the American League Central Division. If they can’t catch the Royals, they’re in position to grab one of two Wild Card spots for the playoffs, but that’s a ways down the road. Here are six reasons the Twins will remain in position for a playoff spot this season.
Mike Trout flashed the skill that puts him at the front of baseball’s new generation, just moments after four of the all-time greats had just walked off the field. Trout became the first player in 38 years to homer leading off an All-Star game.
Despite a last-minute #VoteDozier campaign on Twitter and a feed-consuming effort by Twins Fans, second baseman Brian Dozier took 2nd place in the race for the final spot of the 2015 American League All-Star Team.
The Minnesota Twins will face a team from outside the American League Central for the first time this season when then they visit Safeco Field in Seattle this weekend.
Paul Molitor was recently selected as the Minnesota Twins’ new manager after Ron Gardenhire’s departure, and he may be the finest ball player that has ever led the team. Molitor was World Series MVP while with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1993. He’s also a seven-time All Star and has won four Silver Slugger Award.
Glen Perkins got to pitch the ninth inning for the American League in the All-Star game this week, representing the host Minnesota Twins in the same place he was born and raised. Rare are the occurrences in sports that come together as smoothly as that.
Helping send Derek Jeter out a winner in his last All-Star game appearance, Mike Trout drove in two runs with a triple and a double to lead the American League past the National League 5-3 on Tuesday night.
Derek Jeter was a big hit from the start in his final All-Star game.
How’s this for an all-star experience? They ask you to pitch batting practice to the American League. That was the call for former Gopher and Twins player Brian Raabe, and it gave him an opportunity to forget about a baseball problem at Bethel University.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has never been on the losing side of an All-Star game, and with Target Field hosting this year’s festivities, he doesn’t plan on starting now. This will be the third time Gardenhire’s been a part of an American League All-Star staff.
Chris Colabello, the most dangerous hitter in the American League through the first week of the season, is a guy that wasn’t even drafted. And he never even made the minor leagues until the eighth year of his pro career.
The Cleveland Indians moved into the AL wild-card lead on the next-to-last scheduled day of the regular season, beating the Minnesota Twins 5-1 Saturday behind Scott Kazmir’s strong start to extend their winning streak to nine. Seeking their first postseason appearance since 2007, the Indians (91-70) took a one-game lead over Tampa Bay and Texas (both 90-71), who both lost Saturday. Cleveland is assured of at least a tie for the AL wild card. With three teams seeking the two wild cards, Sunday’s results could decide the matter or lead to one or two tiebreaker games at the start of next week.
Both the Baltimore Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates are enjoying quality seasons midway through this year. With each team presenting a legitimate threat to make the playoffs in their respective leagues, the question is, which is most likely to achieve that goal?
With the two leagues set to square off in their annual exhibition featuring its greatest stars on July 16, all eyes will be on Citi Field. With home field advantage during the World Series on the line, the question very simply put is, can the National League maintain its grip on the contest for the fourth straight year?
Justin Morneau isn’t producing the same way he used to. Still, the former American League Most Valuable Player award and four-time All-Star has a .273 batting average, 19 home runs and 77 RBIs.
If Ron Gardenhire had a vote for AL MVP, he would cast it for Miguel Cabrera.
Back-to-back AL championships got the Texas Rangers another prize in veteran Joe Nathan.
The two-time defending AL Central champions are preparing for their second season at Target Field.
Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has been named the American League Manager of the Year.
Joe Mauer is golden, again.
There has been quite a buzz all afternoon in downtown Minneapolis.