Baseball All-Stars Congregate As Pitchers Dominate Mike Matheny had quite the choice for the National League's All-Star starter. There was his own Adam Wainwright, the St. Louis Cardinals ace with a 12-4 record and a 1.83 ERA.
Local Umpire To Help Officiate All-Star GameIt's not just the baseball stars who are going to get the chance to shine in both Monday and Tuesday night’s games. Among the many other players in the game are the umpires and one happens to be a local. Jeff Nelson wanted this assignment.
Derby Contestant Morneau Makes Return To MinnesotaThe choice for the final spot on the National League home run derby squad was easy for captain Troy Tulowitzki. Justin Morneau, his Colorado teammate, had the chance to go back to his baseball home in Minnesota.
Perkins, Suzuki Talk Inspiration Before All-Star Game 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.
TGF: The MLB All-Star Team... Of MascotsThe MLB All-Star Game needs a little more ridiculousness. So we're fielding our own All-Star Team, made up of mascots.
Hundreds Of Tickets Left For Home Run Derby, All-Star Game After months of buildup and a weekend of smaller events, the excitement is really starting to pick up for the All-Star Game. The players were at Target Field Monday for their only practice, and the Home Run Derby is slated for later Monday night.
Hernandez, Wainwright To Open All-Star GameSeattle's Felix Hernandez will start Tuesday night's All-Star game for the American League and Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals will open for the National League.
10 Minnesota Words & Phrases ASG Visitors Should KnowAs we've heard from the commercials, all eyes are on Minneapolis. And thousands of ears are here too as visitors have flocked from around the country to see the All-Star Game. While known to have a distinct accent, Minnesotans also have a bit of a native language that may be foreign to our ASG visitors. Thus, we've taken it upon ourselves to come up with a list of Minnesota terminology to help ease people in to the Land O' Lakes.
Former All-Star, Future Hall Of Famer Frank Thomas Talks Home Run DerbyFrank Thomas, otherwise known as the "The Big Hurt" is in town for the All-Star game on behalf of the Gillette Home Run Derby. He remembers playing in past All-Star games, and the first Home Run Derby in Minneapolis in 1985.
Meet Minneapolis Creates Hashtag For Visitors With ASG QuestionsSome are tucked away, others, out front, all working to roll out the welcome mat to baseball fans this week. "It's just bringing our Minnesota Nice and spreading it to people who are here for the All Star Game," Tara Olson Medina, of Spong, said.
Finding Minnesota: Target FieldEven with more than 90 losses for three straight seasons, the Minnesota Twins have averaged more than 30,000 fans a game since Target Field opened in 2010. The ballpark itself is clearly part of the draw. "I love the architecture,” Jessi Oeltjen of Spring Valley said. “I'm a design buff, so just the architecture, the design, the layout. Once you get inside, there is not a bad seat in the house."
Top Safety Officials Keep Close Eye On Mpls. During ASGBetween the All-Star Game events and the thousands of spectators, it's a lot to monitor. "It's a big operation,” Minneapolis Police Commander Scott Gerlicher said. The security command post for the All-Star Game, which kept at an undisclosed location, houses around 30 of the top city, state and federal law enforcement officials who are working together this week.
Twins Blog: ASG Futures GameIt was a sunny, summer Sunday as some of the brightest prospects in baseball took to Target Field for the 2014 All-Star Futures Game. It was especially fun for Twins fans as they got their first look at prospects Jose Berrios, Kennys Vargas and Alex Meyer playing in their future home ballpark. Berrios was recently promoted from High-A Fort Meyers to AA-New Britain. So far, advancing a level hasn't phased him.
17-Year-Old LHP Urias Impresses At Futures GameThe youngest player in the All-Star Futures game made one of the biggest impressions. Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias, who is just 17, who had a strikeout in a 1-2-3 fifth inning for the World team in its 3-2 loss Sunday. He threw 11 of 14 pitches for strikes.
For Some, Tommy John Surgery Before Major LeaguesSitting in the Minnesota Twins locker room Sunday surrounded by many of the most promising minor leaguers, Christian Binford remembered back five years ago, when he was a 10th grader pitching for the Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania. Up to the plate walked some stud on the other team who was good enough to attract 10-20 scouts.