March 29, 2013 |
When the two men sat in a cafeteria at Bright House Field two springs ago, there was no acrimony. Ruben Amaro Jr. unveiled a three-year extension for Charlie Manuel, a contract that would make him one of the highest-paid managers in baseball. "More than likely," Manuel said then, "I'll stay around as long as they'll have me. " When a disappointing 81-81 season ended last October, the two men faced a row of cameras in the basement of Citizens Bank Park to explain what would change.
September 10, 2011 |
Minnesota - in last place, 22 games out - has figured out what went wrong this season and taken steps to fix it. That's right - the Twins gave Rochester Red Wings manager Tom Nieto and hitting coach Floyd Rayford the heave-ho Friday. That should at least make the big club the AL Central favorites next season. Nieto, a former Twins catcher, lost at least 90 games in two seasons as triple-A skipper. But injuries at the major-league level this season meant the Twins, just to field a full squad in Minneapolis, had to grab players such as Luke Hughes and Trevor Plouffe away from their apprenticeships on Lake Ontario.
August 26, 2011 |
Looks as if Jim Thome will be retiring as an Indian rather than reuniting with Charlie Manuel as a Phillie. The Twins slugger accepted a trade from Minnesota on Thursday night to return to Cleveland, the team he started with. Now his hopes of getting back to the World Series rest with the battered Tribe, a sub-.500 team hoping he can lift it past the first-place Detroit Tigers in the AL Central. That would be some fairy-tale ending, if he can do it. Somehow, we think that rejecting a release waiver, becoming a free agent, and signing with the club with the best record in baseball would have made a happy, title-winning ending more likely.
August 11, 2011 |
Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said an ESPN report accusing his team of stealing signs had "zero truth" to it. ESPN cited four unnamed relievers from an AL team who claim the Jays used a man in the stands to steal signs and signal to the batter during a game in 2010. According to the article, the man would raise his arms to indicate an offspeed pitch, and leave them by his side if a fastball was coming. Blue Jays fans and players had some fun with the allegations during Wednesday's game.
September 23, 2010
Twins 5, Indians 1 MINNEAPOLIS - With the division title secured, most of Minnesota's regulars rested, but the Twins still beat Cleveland behind the pitching of Nick Blackburn to complete a three-game sweep. "With home-field advantage still at stake, these guys are going to play," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It doesn't matter who I put out there, you're going to get a great effort. " Blackburn (10-10) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings. Jose Morales drove in three runs and Alexei Casilla had three hits for the Twins, who have won nine of 11 and improved their record at Target Field to 52-25.
August 17, 2010 |
Not 'severed' from baseball after all Jose Canseco, one-half of the Oakland Athletics "Bash Brothers" back in the day, was introduced Monday as a member of the independent United Baseball League's Laredo Broncos. There's a reason he was called a "member" of the south Texas team. He will play as designated hitter, serve as a bench coach, and also pitch. Canseco, who was the AL rookie of the year in 1986 and MVP in 1988, had been drifting since retiring from baseball in 2002.
October 1, 2007 |
Torii Hunter took off his Twins uniform - maybe for the last time, as he is about to become a free agent - after coming out of Minnesota's season finale yesterday and spent time reflecting about his days with the organization. "I came in here after the seventh inning, sat at my locker and looked around," Hunter said after helping the visiting Twins to a 3-2 win over the Red Sox. "I can't believe it's real. Anything can happen in the offseason. The negative side is I might not be here.
October 13, 2002 |
It is such a stark contrast to most losing clubhouses in baseball that it is hard not to notice. When the Phillies lose a game, the clubhouse is shrouded in a silence usually reserved for funerals and libraries. Finding a player other than the starting pitcher who had an impact on the game is always difficult and sometimes impossible. That's the norm for most baseball clubhouses following a loss. The Minnesota Twins are a refreshing exception to that rule. After the Twins lost Games 2 and 3 of this American League Championship Series, they weren't only available to talk about it, they also had music playing in the background.