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)
December 15, 2013
The Colorado Rockies signed first baseman Justin Morneau to a two-year, $12.5 million deal Friday. He will step in for Todd Helton, who retired at the end of the season. The Rockies were contemplating moving Michael Cuddyer from right field over to first base before the deal with Morneau. Like Helton, Morneau is a smooth-fielding first baseman. Since 2003, his fielding percentage (.996) is second to only Helton (.997). Over his 11-year career, Morneau is a .277 hitter. He was the 2006 American League MVP while a member of the Minnesota Twins, hitting .321 that season with 34 homers and 130 RBIs.
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.
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 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.
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.
January 17, 2014 |
A DAY BEFORE the process that would involve publicly exchanging numbers, Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies avoided arbitration altogether by coming to terms on a 1-year, $7.675 million deal last night. The contract includes award bonuses. Kendrick, 29, who can become a free agent after the 2014 season, was 10-13 with a 4.70 ERA in 30 starts in 2013. "I'm glad we got something worked out," said Kendrick, who already has begun working out regularly at the Phillies' facilities in Clearwater, Fla. "I'm looking forward to getting the season underway.