We’re used to a Twins catcher playing in the All-Star Game, but there’s a new one this time around.
It’s hard to blame Neil Johnson, a retired high school teacher from Shakopee, if he’s a little numb and starry-eyed this week. Johnson is one of 30 educators from around the country who were chosen by Major League Baseball as “All-Star Teachers.”
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Derek Jeter was an elite shortstop winning World Series not long after many of baseball’s current greats were born.
Growing up in Minnesota, Glen Perkins knows just how special the All-Star Game is. “This was a pipe dream a long time ago,” he said.
Yohan Pino has the game ball to prove he belongs in the majors, even if he doesn’t have a big league job anymore. The Minnesota Twins rookie right-hander earned his first major league victory — beating the Seattle Mariners 4-2 Thursday night in his fifth big league appearance — and was told after the game that he’s being sent back to the minors to make room for LHP Kris Johnson to start Friday at Colorado.
The MLB All-Star Game is coming to Minneapolis this year with events starting as early as Friday. It prompted us to ponder some of the great All-Star moments in history for the Twins organization.
The Minnesota Twins will have at least two players representing them as they host the 2014 All-Star Game. Kurt Suzuki is getting his first shot at an appearance in the Midsummer Classic, and Glen Perkins can now call himself a two-time All-Star. Suzuki broke into the big leagues with Oakland in 2007.
Joe Mauer hit a two-run double that just missed reaching the seats and Kevin Correia pitched a smooth six innings to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox for the third straight game, 4-3 on Saturday.
As the All-Star Game gets closer, Minneapolis’ twin city, St. Paul, is getting into the action. Surrounded by school children, the Minnesota Twins unveiled new All-Star lineup of jersey-wearing Peanuts characters suited up for the midsummer classic. St. Paul’s native M&M boys, Paul Molitor and Joe Mauer – both All-Star Ambassadors – were there to welcome two other St. Paul icons into the All-Star lineup: Snoopy and Charlie Brown.
Texas closer Joakim Soria bobbled a slow-bouncing ball hit by Minnesota’s Danny Santana to the left of the mound with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth inning, allowing the winning run to score in the Twins’ 4-3 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night. The day began ominously for the Rangers when star pitcher Yu Darvish was scratched from his scheduled start with stiffness in his neck.
Both Kyle Gibson and Glen Perkins got much-needed bounceback outings on Friday night. Gibson allowed one run in seven innings, Brian Dozier and Josmil Pinto homered, and the Minnesota Twins held on to beat the Seattle Mariners 5-4.
Ron Gardenhire won his first replay challenge, but the Minnesota Twins’ manager conceded afterward that it cost him his starting pitcher. Kevin Correia came out after a lengthy delay, the Twins bullpen couldn’t hold a lead and the White Sox beat Minnesota 7-6 on Wednesday. “The 20-second challenge that took a long time,” Gardenhire said of the review in the top of the seventh inning. “I don’t know what was going on, but it ended up taking a long period of time and you end up losing your starter because of it.”
Closer Glen Perkins and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a four-year contract that guarantees the pitcher $22,175,000. Perkins had been due $4,975,000 this year and $3.75 million in 2015 under his previous deal, which included a $4.5 million team option for 2016 with a $300,000 buyout.
Joe Mauer has been named most valuable player of the Minnesota Twins for the third time in five years. The Calvin Griffith Award was announced Thursday, along with winners of the other annual honors voted on by the Twin Cities chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.