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Take Landis Name off the MVP Award

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Barry Larkin, former MVP, has been calling for removing the Kenesaw Mountain Landis name from MVP awards.Personally, until I read the art...
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The #5 pitcher on the 1965 Twins

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Tim Flattery had a conversation with Dwight Siebler, who was the 5th start on the 1965 Twins World Series team (the Sandy Koufax series)....
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Twins Take to Target Field's Concourses

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And then there is the case of the Blue Jays to consider

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LG Twins Thread

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Baseball is coming back to ESPN. Tonight. Come tomorrow, there will be Twins baseball. Live and on the air. Since we are all, by some tra...
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Make Every Night "Obscure Twins Jersey" Night

Maybe you got carried away with Tsuyoshi Nishioka. Maybe you (okay, me) were a little too excited about Jeff Cirillo. Maybe you bought a Buddy Boshers jersey in a Rumplemintz-fueled haze. Whatever.

It’s time to embrace that crazy. Last night on Twitter an obscure Twins fan (ok, me again) proposed that next year Target Field have an Obscure Jersey Night. Twins fans wear the jerseys they have relegated to the back of their closets, giving those players one last moment in the bright lights of Target Field.
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The comments are a gold mine. Byung-Ho Park. Kurt Suzuki. Joe Crede. Jose Offerman. Brendan Harris. Clete Thomas. That third baseman who hit .400 for part of a season so Ron Gardenhire wouldn’t sit him. Was that Luke Hughes? Who knows? I’m blocking it out.

Rich Becker. Kirby Puckett was bumped out of center field by Rich Becker!?! I don’t even have a problem with that; I just find it amazing we don’t talk more about Rich Becker. Who was replaced by Otis Nixon. Who I vaguely remember losing two fly balls in the Metrodome’s teflon roof in his first home game with the Twins. Yet someone out there has a Nixon Twins jersey. I’m sure of it.

Jeff Reboulet. Orlando Hudson. Livan Hernandez. Vance Worley. Ryan Doumit. Bombo Rivera. (Ok,that’s me again. I have a Bombo Rivera jersey. It was custom made. No regerts.) Rondell White. Chris Colabello. Jon Rauch. These are major leaguers who are not going to get a number retired or a Hall of Fame ceremony. Some of them will be lucky if they’re invited back to TwinsFest. They deserve a night like this.

So do the people who bought their jerseys. In fact, obscure jerseys don’t just deserve a night; they deserve every night. They deserve a mini-series. If the Twins make this event happen, I vow Twins Daily will do a series about the players about whom we all lost our collective heads.

(This site was made for that series. Forget the majors – we could do one on the minors. We could do one on each level of the minors. I mean, I was Ride or Die on Micheal Nakamura in 2002. We could probably do a story just on players with a surname of Mike. Nakamura. Restovich. Lamb. Pelfrey.)

So let’s make this happen. The Twins can work on the event for next year, but we have one homestand left. Let’s quit denying our past and acknowledge it. Wear your obscure Twins jerseys to the games this week and declare, loud and proud “It’s OK to love and lose!”

(But it’s also OK to love and win, too.)

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I saw a Gladden jersey at the park last night which was cool. But I don't think I'd trade it for my Florimon 25 shersey.

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Longdistancetwins
Sep 17 2019 12:20 PM

Fun!I have to admit that I made my first visit to Target Field last month (yes, I had been to the old Met and the Metrodome).I saw the Twins win (rare for someone who usually has to see them in Yankee Stadium).But my host realized that my biggest kick was seeing all the jerseys.I couldn’t get over it; it was like a fashion show!Someone wore a 1960s style pinstripe shirt with the number 5, and no name.I kept wondering, “Was this Michael Cuddyer in a vintage shirt? Or honoring Leo Cardenas and Don Mincher?”

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My pride and joy is a #23 Bobby Kielty. 

Do I get less credit because I bought it at Goodwill?

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My pride and joy is a #23 Bobby Kielty. 

Do I get less credit because I bought it at Goodwill?

That is exactly the place where you will probably land some of the lost treasures.

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I have Span and Liriano, both are right on the brink of obscurity these days. 

 

I have an authentic Twins in cursive script with 2 on the back...no name.Bought it in 2010 or '11 for Spanman...then it transitioned to Doz and now Arraez.  

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If you come across a Vance "Vanimal" Worley Twins jersey holla at your boy!

HOLLA

 

https://www.ebay.com...7IAAOSwkjZcrpu2

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If you want to open it up to all Minnesota bat and ball sports, how about a Bob Lurtsema Minnesota Goofys jersey?

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The yard sale at Target Field during the last Cleveland series was a goldmine for this. I picked up an Alex Presley jersey and I'm sure the Zack Littel one I got will be obscure after a while. The picture in this post is making me regret I didn't get the Park #52 one that I was considering.

 

Hmmm, should I crack out the Sam Deduno jersey for this, or the Scott Diamond?......decisions, decisions. 

De-duno Abides, Forever and Always.

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This is a great idea that could go MLB-wide. It’s fantastic. I’m only sad that I have no Jersey to participate.

Where did you get the custom made Rivera jersey made? Was it on a jersey of the era? I could go for a Willie Norwood jersey.

I'd be extra careful and double check sizing/logo/spelling/colors with a Norwood Jersey...it's destined to have more than a few errors

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I'd so break out my Delmon Young jersey for that night.

And yes I have a Delmon Young jersey...

Ditto

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singlesoverwalks
Sep 17 2019 04:40 PM
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VivaLaTortuga
Sep 17 2019 08:32 PM
I want to know if anyone claims to own a Ron Davis Jersey? Our "go to" closer in the 80's. This guy couldn't close the door! Doh!
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I don't have any of them, but I'd proudly wear a Pat Meares, Frankie Rodriguez, or Dan Serafini jersey.

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partial_lattice
Sep 18 2019 08:03 AM

I nearly bought a Lew Ford jersey the year he was an All Star, which seems perfect for this. Now that I'm thinking about it, it would also be pretty funny to wear it to a Long Island Ducks game. Instead, I got a Corey Koskie jersey, which isn't nearly as obscure.

My only jersey was purchased in the off-season with the threat of contraction (or maybe it was moving to NC?). Either way it seemed silly to commit to a specific player, so I went with a blank road jersey (grey pinstripes). I still wear it to every game I go to. It actually fits much better now that it did when I got it oversized as a 14-year-old.

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3balls2strikes
Sep 18 2019 01:00 PM

Houston Jiménez! Early 80's shortstop for Twins who hit .201. :-)

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I'd so break out my Delmon Young jersey for that night.

And yes I have a Delmon Young jersey...

Haw haw! 

I also bought a #21 jersey, but only because I loved Stan Mikita, and it's the number I wore in HS hockey.

Then, the next year, it became Delmon's jersey. I think it may still be in a box somewhere, cuz I didn't wear much after that.

 

Chicken dinnah!

Essence Of Chicken

 

 

When Nishi was signed I bought 5 t-shirts for me and family members.If the Twins are playing horribly, I will don the shirt when I attend a game, to punish the team for its poor playing. Haven';t worn the Nishi shirt once during this season. 

I think you could have broken it out tonight...

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Houston Jiménez! Early 80's shortstop for Twins who hit .201. :-)

I doubt it exists but a Tim Laudner buck-ninety fan club above the 15 on the back of the jersey would be sweet...if you know the buck-ninety fan club than you know!

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