Touch 'Em All: New contract erases all of Perkins' worries

In 1962, the Houston Colt .45s were proud of their jersey. But things have changed since.
In 1962, the Houston Colt .45s were proud of their jersey. But things have changed since. (ED WIDDIS / AP)
Posted: March 09, 2012

Lefthanded setup man Glen Perkins, who has appeared to be on the outs with Minnesota lately, is back in a big way.

The Twins on Thursday signed him to a four-year contract that adds $10.3 million over three seasons and includes a team option for 2016.

Perkins emerged as a reliable late-inning reliever last season, going 4-4 with a 2.48 ERA in 65 appearances. He struck out 65 and walked 21 in 612/3 innings. It was a breakout season that came as a surprise after a couple of injury-plagued years that included 2009, when Perkins filed a grievance against the Twins for sending him to triple-A Rochester.

For the first time in his career, Perkins has a measure of stability and security.

"I can just go out there and pitch," Perkins said. "I don't have to worry about anything other than pitching. I don't have to worry about anything like my family and all those good things."

Imagine, guns in Texas

This item about the Houston Astros illustrates the price of political correctness.

This being the 50th anniversary of the expansion club named the Colt .45s when it was born in 1962, the Astros wanted to capitalize on the jubilee by wearing - and selling to fans - retro uniforms honoring the original name.

But when MLB got whiff of the Astros' plan, it ordered the club to modify the original jersey so that did not include the image of a smoking gun, the team said as much in a statement released this week.

"The original logo features the Colts name and a pistol. The alternative jersey would only have the Colts name on the front of the jersey. This week, MLB informed the Astros that the decision would be left to the ball club," the statement read.

So what has the club been doing since granted permission to make its own wardrobe decisions? In a word, polling.

"The Astros have been reaching out to fans the past week to get their opinion on this issue," the club said. "Our fans have expressed overwhelming passion and support for the Astros and our rich 50-year tradition. We plan to announce our decision tomorrow, Friday, March 9."

Stay tuned.

Freak Yankee injury

The Yankees find themselves having to deal with a freak injury to all-star setup man David Robertson.

Instead of taking his reps with the club on Thursday, Robertson ended up in a hospital for an MRI after a household accident: He sprained his right foot Wednesday night when he stumbled on stairs while moving boxes at his home in St. Petersburg.

- Inquirer wire services

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