We here at the WCCO.com Twins Blog are naturally big baseball fans, so we always look forward to the All-Star Game. All the more so this season because the Mid-Summer Classic is being held at Target Field. One of the joys of baseball’s annual honor for the best in the game, is that fans get to play a significant role in selecting who gets play in the game.
Sid Hartman has graced this humble Earth for 94 years. He has been scribbling for the Star Tribune for 69 of those years and has held court on the airwaves of WCCO Radio for 59. This Sunday, the Minnesota Twins – who’ve been in this state a mere 53 years – will honor those astounding numbers, and the singular character who owns them, with “Sid Hartman Day” at Target Field.
Each season baseball produces more than its fair share of unlikely stories. That’s one of the things that makes the game so special. And yet, even though we know to anticipate the unlikely, to count on the improbable and to prepare for the implausible, it still manages to catch us off guard.
The Twins made a small amount of history on Monday when the first use of MLB’s “expanded” replay occurred at Hammond Stadium in Fort Meyers, Fla. It was so nice, they used it twice. Cliches aside, the use of instant replay has been a hot topic amongst baseball pundits and fans.
If you were at Twins Fest this past weekend — and judging by social media, plenty of you were — you may have noticed a couple of familiar faces returning to the Twins fold. Are the “Home 9” getting the band back together? What’s next, a trade for Nick Punto?!
With a concussed Niklas Backstrom on the shelf for an indeterminate amount of time, Josh Harding has solidified his hold on the No. 1 goaltender position for the Minnesota Wild. More than that, he may have locked himself in as the best story in the NHL this season.
October 5, 1993 was the first time the franchise formerly known as the Minnesota North Stars would play a home game somewhere other than Bloomington, Minn. That night, the Stars beat the Detroit Red Wings 6-4 in Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas – officially, and for the foreseeable future, to be known as the “Dallas Stars.” Though Minnesota hockey fans would count on the promise of a future franchise from the NHL, they had to wait seven long years to get it.
Another baseball season is in the books, and once again, there was disappointment in Twins Territory. Another 66-96 record was certainly not what fans, or the club for that matter, were hoping for. But baseball, like life, is as much about the journey as it is the destination. So how did the 2013 Twins arrive at this point?
From the moment the gates opened on Saturday night, the vibe at Xcel Energy Center was a little different than usual. Can a pre-season hockey game have a “vibe,” you ask? It can when the Winnipeg Jets are in town. Thanks to NHL realignment, the Minnesota Wild find themselves in the same division as their neighbors to the north. And if Saturday’s game is any indication, the contests between the two will be intense all season long.
What should a fan do when they find themselves watching their favorite club get taken to the woodshed? The answer for most is to give up and leave early. But that seems like such a waste!
News broke this afternoon that Justin Morneau has been traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for OF Alex Presley. Morneau has spent 11 seasons in the big leagues, all with the Minnesota Twins. He made his major league debut in June of 2003, hitting .226/.287/.377 with four home runs in 106 at-bats. His “popeye-like” forearms and prodigious power mesmerized Twins fans who hadn’t seen a true power-threat at first base since Kent Hrbek retired.
Kyle Benjamin Gibson was born October 23, 1987. Two days later, the Minnesota Twins won their first of two World Series titles. Just shy of 22 years later, Gibson became the Twins 2009 first-round draft pick. And on Saturday, he made his Major League debut against the Kansas City Royals.
April 28. That was the last time Justin Morneau had hit a home run, until he sent a Duente Heath pitch 370 feet towards Target Plaza in right field on Wednesday night. Not that he hasn’t been productive for the Twins.
Kansas City Royals broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre likes to tell a story about a conversation he once had with legendary Detroit Tigers play-by-play voice Ernie Harwell.
To say that Aaron Hicks’ first month-plus in the big leagues has been a trial is more than a tepid understatement. Coming into Monday night the rookie had a slash-line of .137/.239/.216. As bad as those numbers look, considering that they were numbers on the rise, they look even worse.
Those are the ERA’s and xFIP’s (Expected Fielder Independent Pitching, which attempts to isolate pitcher performance from defensive variance) for Twins starter Kevin Correia over the previous four years of his career. Two of those seasons having been spent with the Pirates — two with the Padres.
“Hey kid, you’re going to the show…” That’s the sentence every aspiring baseball player wants to hear.
In an effort to make every single baseball game matter in my life, I joined three fantasy baseball leagues this season. My allegiance will and always will remain with the Minnesota Twins but sometimes the Twins aren’t playing and other teams are. Being a Fantasy Baseball Manager is my favorite, least paying part-time job ever.
Francisco Liriano became a member of the Minnesota Twins organization on Nov. 14, 2003, coming over from the San Francisco Giants in a trade for A.J. Pierzynski.
“It’s a beautiful day for baseball … let’s play two!” Legendary Cubs third baseman Ernie Banks once uttered those famous words, and they became his trademark.
On June 12, 1997, the Texas Rangers hosted the San Francisco Giants in the first of what’s become a series of nearly 4000 non-World Series games played between American League and National League teams – or as we know it: Interleague Play
Memorial Day is the traditional “quarter pole” in the Major League Baseball season. It marks the point where the sorting out of contenders from pretenders truly begins.
It’s difficult to find many things to smile about when the Twins are 9-24 overall in 2012, and 1-8 on games where I’ve been out at the ballpark.
Japanese sensation Yu Darvish made only his second Major League appearance on Saturday, pitching against the Twins for the first time in his brief Rangers career.
Devin Setoguchi scored in the fourth round of the shootout, spoiling a strong night by Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and sending the Minnesota Wild to a 2-1 victory Thursday.