Rock Cats' Manager Jeff Smith.
Courtesy of Richard Messina, Hartford Courant
I've been spoiled. This summer, I've been able to watch Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario, from right over the home dugout, for $15 a ticket.
"Who knows how many pitches lurk in the arm of young Kyle Gibson? The Shadow Knows....Mwahahaha!" The Shadow Knows - YouTube
Pioneer Press scribe Mike Berardino recently asked Kyle Gibson if the young pitcher knows when he will be shut down for the remainder of the 2013 season. It appears, based on Gibson's response, that the Twin's 2009 1st round pick has no idea when his last start will be.
Berardino quotes Gibson: "I'm sure (Twins officials) have a plan,"
Hey all you Terry Ryan fans,
How about this scenario? The Pohlad family retools this offseason, releasing Gardy and Terry Ryan, while bringing back Andy MacPhail as the general manager of baseball operations, along with his choice for an on-field manager, hopefully Paul Molitor. Andy is being credited with much of the success in the Baltimore Orioles organization, although they let his contract expire after the 2011 season. Under Buck Showalter, Andy's hire, the Orioles have surged
Updated 07-19-2013 at 08:46 AM by Don't Feed the Greed Guy
The Twins needed to make some kind of change during the All-Star break because the team scuffled in the week's leading up to the Mid-Summer Classic. There was going to be some players sent packing to Rochester and some fresh faces on the Twins roster. It had to happen and there were going to be some surprising names that would come up in the discussion for demotion.
There is pressure on multiple people in the Twins organization to find a way to be respectable in 2013. Ron Gardenhire
Over the past few weeks, the Minnesota Twins have resorted back to their old ways of the past two seasons which has been hallmarked by long losing streaks and feelings of inadequacy. While the team searches for answers to solve their many ailing problems, the media around the Twin Cities and around the nation have started to clamor for a change at the top with the firing of manager Ron Garenhire. While this may be the popular move at a time like this, it certainly isnít the correct one.
After an injury plagued 2011 season, the Twins had to take an alternative approach with Joe Mauer and his time on the defensive side of the ball. He started 72 games at catcher, 42 games at DH, and 30 games at first base. It was the first time in Mauer's career when he started played over 100 games and didn't play at least 90 games behind the plate.
In spring training, Mauer made it be known that he wanted to play more time at catcher. Ron Gardenhire and the Twins front office have
Interesting who Jim Leyland DIDN'T pick to be on his 2013 American League All-Star Team Staff. Actions speak louder than words? After all that verbal love he gives Gardenhire, I guess he knows when to let a guy go that can't get the job done.
Bochy, Leyland Announce 2013 All-Star Staffs | MLB.com: News
At the end of last season, the Twins had plenty of options to play center field for the club. Denard Span and Ben Revere spent most of the year manning that position. Darin Mastroianni made a good fourth outfielder because he could play center field when it was necessary. Joe Benson and Aaron Hicks were on the 40-man roster but there wasn't much room for them with three other players in front of them.
Things have certainly gone from crowded to scarce in a hurry. As most fans know,
Before the season began, Deibinson Romero wasn't cracking many top prospect lists. As a 26-year old prospect(?), there had been some tough seasons in the minor leagues. He needed multiple seasons in Beloit, Fort Myers, and New Britain. After 2,600 plate appearances in the minors, Romero had never faced a pitch above Double-A.
Things have changed so far this season for Mr. Romero.
This year it took another trip back to the Eastern League for Romero to get back on track
Updated 06-09-2013 at 09:33 PM by Kevin
Earlier this week, the Twins made a roster move to bring in some center field help for Aaron Hicks. For most of the season, the club has been without a back-up center fielder because Darin Mastroianni has been dealing with a nagging ankle injury. Even last week, Chris Parmelee had to play a defensive inning in center field in the late portion of a game. The Twins need a back-up center fielder and Thomas was one of the few options.
When Hicks was struggling at the beginning of the season,
Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!
On Tuesday night, Aaron Hicks made a nice running catch and flipped the ball with his glove to Brian Dozier, all in one motion. I cheered; Ron Gardenhire hissed. Gardenhire was likely upset with how nonchalant Hicks was or perhaps jealous of how silky smooth Hicks is. Regardless, an ensuing "conversation" in the dugout was caught on FSN's cameras and set off an explosion of commentary and crying (mostly from me).
At the end of last season, things must have been a little tense around the Ron Gardenhire household. The Twins were coming off of back-to-back 90-loss seasons and Gardenhire only had one season left on his current contract. It was inevitable for some changes to take place and almost all of Gardy's coaching staff would not be hired back or would be reassigned.
The sporting world can be cruel when a team isn't performing well on the field. Twins fans weren't used to this kind of shake-up
When the Twins traded Francisco Liriano to the Chicago White Sox last July, it seemed like the club was getting a bag of balls and some chewing gum in return. There wasn't much to get excited about with names like Pedro Hernadez and Eduardo Escobar. Flashforward a couple of months later and it is starting to look more and more like the Twins got some servicable players.
Escobar has built himself a nice little niche in the Twins clubhouse. Manager Ron Gardenhire uses him as a late inning
The Twins actually got to get all of their games in so far this week. Monday's game with the Marlins had to be moved to Tuesday as part of a doubleheader but this was a step in the right direction after multiple cancellations last week.
Texas is in town for the weekend and it sounds like the weather is actually going to start feeling like spring. Highs will continue to rise and hopefully the Twins can continue to play baseball around the .500 mark.
The weekend is almost