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 Minnesota Twins plan to honor manager Ron Gardenhire for his 1,000th career victory. The team has scheduled a special pregame ceremony to honor Gardenhire before Wednesday’s 12:10 p.m. game against the Oakland Athletics at Target Field.
Ron Gardenhire talks with Dave Lee! Click the above link to hear Gardy and other highlights from today’s show!
Kyle Gibson limited Cleveland to one run in his season debut after Brian Dozier led off the game with a home run, leading Minnesota to a 7-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday and giving Twins manager Ron Gardenhire his 1,000th career victory.
Mark Teixeira had an RBI single during a three-run first inning in the New York Yankees’ 7-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins Friday in a split-squad game.
At the end of last season, Jason Kubel came to Target Field with the Cleveland Indians. He was reminded of how much he missed playing in Minnesota.
On the day before his 12th season as manager of the Minnesota Twins ended, Ron Gardenhire woke up and came to the ballpark not knowing if he would be back for a 13th year. The Twins were finishing up a third straight dreadful season, limping toward a second straight 66-96 record, and Gardenhire was in the final year of his contract. Minnesota is home for Gardenhire, and the possibility of uprooting and taking his family to another town, to take an offer from another team that surely would have come, was wearing him out. After a 5-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians for defeat No. 95, GM Terry Ryan finally let Gardenhire know of his plans.
The Minnesota Twins and right-hander Anthony Swarzak have agreed to a $935,000, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. Swarzak went 3-2 with a 2.91 ERA in 48 games for the Twins last season. He made all of those appearances out of the bullpen for the first time in his four-year career. In years past, Swarzak was often used as a spot starter when the rotation faltered or someone went down with an injury.
The Minnesota Twins announced Tuesday that single-game tickets for the 2014 regular season will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. Twins officials also said tickets for the April 7 home opener will go on sale Friday, Jan. 24, which is also the first day of TwinsFest at Target Field.
It was another eventful year in local sports with three local professional teams making the playoffs, a high profile coach getting dismissed and a football team having a turnaround season.
Somebody is celebrating a birthday today…
Ron Gardenhire isn’t going anywhere. The Minnesota Twins announced officially on Monday they’ve signed manager Ron Gardenhire to a two-year contract extension.
The Minnesota Twins are talking to manager Ron Gardenhire about coming back, if he wants to come back. There are a lot of managerial openings projected this offseason. They are negotiating, but the bad news for Gardenhire is that the Twins are so overmatched in talent right now, and there seems to be no light at the end of any tunnel. The teams’ 5-1 loss to Cleveland on Sunday concludes a miserable three-season span, with more than 90 losses in each season.
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?
Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer provided enough encouraging signs during his workout Thursday that general manager Terry Ryan and manager Ron Gardenhire remain optimistic he will play again this season after a concussion.
The Minnesota Twins have been all but mathematically eliminated from the playoffs for months. And manager Ron Gardenhire thinks his team is playing like it has given up.
Jed Lowrie’s foul ball that turned into a two-run double after umpires changed the call highlighted a 10-run fourth inning as the Oakland Athletics pounded the Minnesota Twins 18-3 on Wednesday night. Every Oakland starter had at least one hit, one run and one RBI as the A’s recorded a season-high 22 hits and extended their lead over Texas in the AL West to three games.
Minnesota Twins right-hander Samuel Deduno has soreness in his throwing shoulder. Deduno was pulled from his start against Kansas City on Thursday after three innings because of discomfort. He gave up four hits, three runs and a walk while striking out four. Deduno was bothered by biceps tendinitis around the shoulder earlier this month.
Chris Herrmann sat on the bench watching his Minnesota Twins climb back into the game against the Chicago White Sox.
The Minnesota Twins have reinstated outfielder Wilkin Ramirez from the disabled list after missing 69 games with concussion problems. Ramirez was first put on the disabled list on May 26. He struggled with lingering symptoms for quite a while before beginning a rehab assignment three weeks ago. Ramirez says he sought the counsel of Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, who has a long history with concussions.
Chris Herrmann was shagging balls in right field during batting practice when he noticed manager Ron Gardenhire waving to get his attention. He suddenly sprinted off the field and was told that he, instead of Joe Mauer, was going to catch Kyle Gibson.
Should Gardy have to fall on the sword for the Twins woes? Click the link to vote!
Scott Diamond is running out of answers while trying to solve his pitching problems. Todd Redmond threw one-hit ball over five innings for his first major league win and the Toronto Blue Jays hit three home runs off Diamond Sunday to beat the slumping Twins 11-5. “It’s frustrating the way it all worked out again,” said Diamond, who’s allowed eight homers in his past four starts. “I’m really struggling keeping guys in the park.” Diamond (5-8) allowed six runs and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings and matched a career-high with four walks, losing for the fourth time in six starts.
Baseball has many players. I don’t mean just those on the field. There are coaches, hundreds of employees who work front office and dozens groom the field. There are also the people who work in the stadium, the vendors, reporters, TV crews, merchandise sellers, fans, reporters. You get the idea. One of those guys who’s “a part of the sport” is Gordy Jones. He’s worn many hats throughout his career: a newspaper writer, blogger, photographer and most recently, children’s author. “Baseball is my passion,” Jones said. “I love kids and I like to do as many things as I can. I’m having more fun now than I’ve ever had in my life.”
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.