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Free Agency / Re-Signings 2020-21 Offseason

Other Baseball Yesterday, 11:49 PM
Free agency is likely going to be a really slow burn this year, but I still think it's worth having a thread to discuss signings. ...
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Caesar Hernandez a Marwin replacement option

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 07:08 PM
A contact hitter with speed who has played mostly 2b the past 3seasons but has some experience at 3B and SS. Probably is just a 3B and 2...
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Is Cruz a MUST signing? And what if he doesn't fit?

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 07:08 PM
Let me state I love Cruz and want him back if possible. I not only believe he brings class, experience, knowledge and leadership to the t...
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Blake Snell a trade target or not

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 08:15 AM
I would personally be happy to offer up Kirilloff and a few other prospects for him!!! What do you guys think he would cost and would you...
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2020 Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook Available NOW!

Twins Minor League Talk 28 Nov 2020
The 2020 Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook will be now available.By clicking here, you can order the paperback version of the PDF/E-Book...
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Twins Flashback Recap: Stewart Hits Walk-Off Homer, Mauer Shines in MLB Debut (4/5/2004)

Shannon Stewart’s first Opening Day as a Minnesota Twin sure was a memorable one. Stewart sent Twins fans home happy after delivering a walk-off three-run homer in the 11th inning. Hometown phenom Joe Mauer made his major league debut, and reached base in four of his five plate appearances.
Image courtesy of FanGraphs
Box Score
Radke: 6 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Home Runs: Stewart (1)
Multi-hit games: Stewart (2-for-5, HR, BB), Mauer (2-for-3, 2 BB), Mientkiewicz (2-for-5, 2B)
Top 3 WPA: Mauer .314, Stewart .267, Koskie .187
*Chart via FanGraphs

The Twins entered the bottom of the eighth inning trailing 4-0, but Mauer led off the inning with a walk. Base hits from Cristian Guzman, Michael Cuddyer, Doug Mientkiewicz, Corey Koskie and Torii Hunter resulted in the Twins knotting things up at 4-4.

The Twins’ bullpen opened its season in sterling fashion, pitching in five shutout innings. Jacque Jones and Michael Cuddyer also provided relief with their arms, as they combined on a relay to throw out former Twin Matt Lawton at home plate to end the top of the 10th inning.

Matt LeCroy got things started in the 11th inning with a one-out walk and Mauer followed with a single up the middle. Guzman struck out swinging to bring Stewart up with two outs. He did not disappoint.



Stewart, who was acquired from Toronto last July, also had a single and a walk.

"It's amazing when a 20-year-old kid like Mauer walks to the plate, and you expect big things," Mientkiewicz told Star Tribute reporter Jim Souhan after the game. "And with Shannon, honestly, I'm surprised when he doesn't come through."

Mauer collected his first major league hit to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning.



Brad Radke made his team-record eighth Opening Day start, but unfortunately that experience didn’t work to his benefit tonight. The 31-year-old gave up 11 hits, three of them home runs, in his six innings of work. Due to a Guzman error, however, just two of his four runs surrendered were earned.

LINKS
For more on this game, check out Aaron’s Baseball Blog.
Mauer’s Myths: The Hero Minnesota Didn’t Deserve | Cody Christie
The Five Most Underrated Players in Twins History | Ted Schwerzler
Reminiscing About the Shannon Stewart Trade | Tom Froemming

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Tom Froemming
Apr 05 2020 06:41 PM

In case anybody is wondering, yes, the Mientkiewicz quote is real.

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Mauer with the diamond cutter, as TK would say.

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