October 6, 2010
AMERICAN LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES
October 27, 1987 |
They won the World Series fair and square. No one can say that, when their postseason time came, the Minnesota Twins didn't rise to the magnitude of the moment. It is only when you start to call them the best team in baseball that you run into trouble. They won the games they had to win, but the Minnesota Twins got to those games in the most unusual manner of any World Series winner in history. You could look it up. What follows are the eight reasons the Twins are the worst Best Team in Baseball of all time: They won fewer games during the season (85)
May 21, 1994 |
As usual when the Minnesota Twins have a monster night, Kirby Puckett was right in the middle of things. "I feel like every time I go up to the plate I'm going to get a hit," said Puckett, who had three hits and a career-high seven RBI to help the Twins clobber the visiting Boston Red Sox, 21-2, for their sixth straight win. "I feel if I get a good pitch I'm going to get a hit. But I'm just the same old Kirby. I'm just up there hacking. " The Twins raked six Boston pitchers for a club-record 21 runs, including a record-tying 11 in the fifth and a season-high 22 hits, including 10 in the fifth, eight of which were consecutive.
December 5, 1992 |
On Monday, the Puck stopped here. And all Kirby Puckett did for the next three days was tell everyone he talked to how much he sure did love what he saw of Philadelphia. Then, of course, yesterday he went out and signed with somebody else. Puckett, 31, went back to his old team, the Minnesota Twins, for $30 million for five years. And once again, the Phillies were left to ponder how close they may have come to reeling in one of the biggest free-agent fish ever. "He just called me and said, 'I really was leaning your way,' " Phillies president Bill Giles said late yesterday afternoon.
June 9, 2013 |
Boyertown's A.J. Bogucki, a hard-throwing senior righthander and North Carolina commit, was picked by the Minnesota Twins in the 31st round (No. 920 overall) of Major League Baseball's first-year player draft. "Obviously, it's pretty cool," the 18-year-old said late Saturday afternoon. "This doesn't happen to many high school players. " The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Bogucki mixes a fastball clocked in the high-80-m.p.h. range, slider, and change-up. His fastball has topped out at 93 m.p.h.
April 24, 2013 |
Here's a Monday score: Mother Nature 2, Major League Baseball 0. The game between the Atlanta Braves and the Colorado Rockies in Denver Monday night was postponed by a snowstorm - the third time in eight days that the white stuff has frozen out the summer pastime at Coors Field. In Minneapolis, the Minnesota Twins were proactive, preemptively postponing their game against the Miami Marlins seven hours before game time, while it was still 45 degrees and way before a single flake could fall at Target Field.
April 19, 2013 |
Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel is the favorite to be the first manager fired this season, according to online sportsbook Bovada . Although Manuel was beloved during the Phillies run of five straight division titles, topped by the World Series win in 2008, he's now 69, in the last year of his contract, and the team's off to another slow start, falling to 6-9 after getting swept by the Cincinnati Reds. This morning, sports yakker Angelo Cataldi led a call for Manuel's ouster, saying, "We would really love it to happen," promoting a poll and getting lots of agreement from callers.
June 13, 2012 |
Jeff Trout tries never to miss a Los Angeles Angels game since his son, Mike, is a fixture in the outfield. And Jeff Trout enjoys seeing his old manager, Charlie Manuel, guide the Phillies, a team the elder Trout has been following his entire life. Jeff Trout is a former minor-leaguer who reached as high as double A. After finishing second in the nation in batting at Delaware in 1983, he was drafted in the fifth round by the Minnesota Twins. He began his pro career with the single-A Wisconsin Rapids, where his manager was Manuel.
December 20, 2012 |
Mike Pelfrey once was a promising prospect for the New York Mets, a ground ball-inducing machine who chewed up innings and bats with a hard sinker that tumbled out of his 6-foot-7 frame. He's 28 years old now, coming off of Tommy John surgery and was sitting in the free-agent bargain bin, which is where the Minnesota Twins have been shopping for starting pitchers this offseason. The Twins agreed to terms with the righthander on a one-year, $4 million contract on Tuesday, adding him to the mix that includes Scott Diamond, Vance Worley, and Kevin Correia.
August 19, 2011 |
THE YANKEES hit three home runs to help CC Sabathia halt a two-start losing streak and visiting New York defeated the depleted Minnesota Twins, 8-4, last night. The Twins were so shorthanded that catcher Joe Mauer played rightfield for the first time since he reached the majors. The Yankees lead the majors with 163 homers this season, despite only 13 from Alex Rodriguez, who has been out following knee surgery last month. Mark Teixeira hit his 33rd, a two-run shot in the third, and Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones hit back-to-back deep balls in the fifth inning against Brian Duensing (8-12)