The Twins took an early four-run lead courtesy of an Oswaldo Arcia grand slam that nearly landed in the Target Field Plaza OUTSIDE of Gate 34. Unfortunately the home team, dressed handsomely in powder blue throwback uniforms, could not hold the lead as Correia and the bullpen let the lead slip away and the Twins failed to rally.
(photo credit Scott Blanchette)
Thursday was a big day for the future of the organization
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Among many baseball circles, the Houston Astros organization may be considered the Smartest Team In The Room™.
Their front office is loaded with brainiacs. They have field staff who carry out the philosophy from the lowest levels to the majors. They even broadcast teams who attempt to advance the mission statement on TV and radio, but mostly to fans who are left wondering why the team is not winning.
The Astros have a five-year plan
With the number five pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, the Minnesota Twins selected Nick Gordon, a high school shortstop from Florida. This is the pick most people expected the Twins to make especially with word coming out that the team's top brass had seen him in person more than any other draft prospect. To read more about Gordon, check out his Twins Daily pre-draft profile.
Leading up to the Twins fifth pick, the Houston Astros had the first overall pick for the third straight season.
I happened to catch an interview on WTIC radio with Rock Cats' owner Josh Solomon on my way home from work this evening. A few of Solomon's comments directly relate to other things I have written in the last couple weeks (and, really, this blog), so I wanted to pass along some of his words, insofar as they relate to the Twins-Rock Cats affiliation.
Not surprisingly, the Twins organization had no role in the negotiations to move
This is the third and final (as of now) mock draft in advance of this weekend's MLB draft. You can view the first mock and second mock as well.
Before I get into it, I'm going to post what I believe is the Twins draft board (explanation to follow):
1) Brady Aiken, LHP, California prep
2) Nick Gordon, SS, Florida prep
3) Alex Jackson, C/OF, California prep
4) Tyler Kolek, RHP, Texas prep
5) Sean Newcomb, LHP, Hartford
We know how it is. Life is busy: with work and family and social engagements, there are a lot of demands on your time. So, if you tune out for a while during the long season, you're perfectly normal. Missing baseball games is not unlike missing reading assignments for school, so we're happy to provide this series of Cliff Notes to summarize, explain and analyze the story that is the 2014 Twins Season. (This post is illuminated with pretty pretty pictures on our personal site: Peanuts From Heaven Incorporated)
Jeremy and Seth will be covering the draft live via Google Hangouts tomorrow night.
Our show will start right at 6:00 as we preview the Twins selection, which should happen around 6:30. We'll recap that selection and, potentially, preview the 2nd round selection before signing off at 7pm.
We'll pick it up from there at 9pm live from the KFAN studios for another hour.
Word of a potential deal to move the New Britain Rock Cats franchise to Hartford only broke on Monday, but today it became official: the Rock Cats will be leaving their longtime home of New Britain following the 2015 season, and relocating to nearby Hartford for Opening Day 2016. Twins fans, bear with me, as the first part of this story primarily is of interest to my Connecticut readers (all 3 of you). Here's what Connecticut-area people need to know:
Updated 06-04-2014 at 07:41 PM by Twins Fan From Afar
In 2007 the Twins had pitching problems. They brought in Sidney Ponson to fix the problem, but Sidney didn't bring any nasty pitches, just a nasty muleet.
Two days prior to his release La Velle E. Neal III, affectionaly known as LEN3 to serious Twins fans, reached out to then bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek for some information about Sidney Ponson's current pitching problems.
"He is short, single and has a mullet. Why would such a guy need
It's hard to believe the middle of the minor league season is fast approaching. This will mean the announcement of the mid-season All-Star Team rosters over the next few weeks. On Tuesday the Florida State League announced their teams and the Miracle have four players on the roster.
Pitchers Jose Berrios, David Hurlbut and Brett Lee will be joined by outfielder Adam Brett Walker on the FSL South Division Team. Berrios, Hurlbut, and Lee have all been fantastic pitchers with each posting
Minnesota Twins General Manager Terry Ryan had surgery for squamous cell carcinoma in February and has undergone radiation treatment as well. In the meantime, Assistant General Manager Rob Antony has filled in as the interim GM for the Twins, though Ryan has been in regular contact with Antony and others in the Twins front office.
During the past Cedar Rapids Kernels homestand, Ryan was in town observing the Twins’ young Class A prospects and sat down Sunday for an interview that covered
It's Tuesday again, so be sure to join Seth and Jeremy at 9 pm for another Hangout. We'll be joined live by Eric Pleiss of Talk2Contact fame. Feel free to ask him lots of questions (like, why the perma-sweater?)
As far as baseball goes, we'll be talking about the Yankees series, the Brewers series, the minor leagues (as always) and some very impressive pitching lines from the last week.
There's been some exciting transaction news in the last
What is wrong with the website this year? Not 1 Photo or Video this season. No interviews. There is not a single video highlight of any play this season in Fort Myers. It is as though the season may have never existed to this point. The surprising part is no one seems to care but me.
Who are these prospects and what do they look like? CR Kernels post 100's of photos from each game on there Facebook page. Who is in charge of exposure for the club? Maybe if people knew what the
Here are some possible promotions throughout the minor league system. This is not meant as an actual prediction or plan, but I am simply laying out the possibilities.
From Cedar Rapids to Fort Myers:
J.D. Williams (OF)
Jason Kanzler (CF)
Mitch Garver (C, 1B)
Chad Christensen (OF, 1B)
Ivory Thomas (OF)
Kohl Stewart (RHS)
Todd Van Steensel (RHR)
Hudson Boyd (RHR)
Jared Wilson (RHR)
(release John Murphy)