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Minnesota Jumeaux – Eh!

Posted by mikelink45 , 09 January 2018 · 961 views

Minnesota Jumeaux – Eh! With Justin Morneau returning to Minnesota it just seems to fulfill destiny. The Canadians have only two teams – Toronto (officially) and that offshoot of Ontario called Minnesota with the Twins (Jumeaux). Canada should celebrate both and we should take pride in straddling the border with both temperature and hockey to welcome our northern kin.

Morneau was a natural and Colorado was just a blip on his resume. Now he is coming back home. Welcome Justin – you can let your o’s get longer and slip in an Eh! Or two.

While baseball in Canada does not get the same respect as Venezuela or the Dominican Republic or a few other slightly warmer places, it is still a viable location for our favorite sport. In fact, they have a Baseball Hall of Fame - http://baseballhalloffame.ca/

Since we have had such a great success with Justin I thought I should give it some additional perspective – who else has come from Canada to be Twins? We might have made MLB history when we replaced one Canadian pitcher – Scott Diamond with another Canadian call up – Andrew Albers. Add in Jesse Crain and we had a plethora of Canadian arms.

On February 4, 2015 Cordel Leonard (Corey) Koskie was named to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame! I suspect that Morneau will join him soon. Most surprising to me was Corey’s real name. For some reason I do not think I ever heard it.

Koskie had 936 hits 124 Hrs, and a career 825 OPS. http://m.mlb.com/pla...31/corey-koskie He was a good player! Justin Morneau 1603 hits, 281 BA, 247 hrs, and 828 OPS. Damn good player. Imagine Justin and Joe without concussions!

Not all our Canadians were stars – remember Rene Tosoni? I was rooting for him. And, of course, we crossed the border the other way too – Paul Molitor was a star for Toronto in the World Series.

We were not the only destination for Canadians, but we came out near the top. George Selkirk, a Yankee who played with Gehrig, DiMaggio, and Dickey is considered the greatest of Canadian Players, but maybe they will reconsider. I would put Ferguson Jenkins up for that honor and Joey Votto is moving up the list and Larry Walker is the most under rated.

And should you still need some Canadian love – look up Tip, The Woodstock Wonder, O’Neill, the Canadian Babe Ruth!

All I can say is Bienvenue (welcome back). By the way is a translation needed: jumeaux = twins.

  • ashburyjohn and nclahammer like this

Jan 09 2018 05:49 PM
Take off, eh. You hoser.
How good for now long might Koskie have been without his concussion issues? What a shame!
    • mikelink45 likes this


How good for now long might Koskie have been without his concussion issues? What a shame!

We have been very unfortunate with the concussion results on the Twins teams.It is a very dangerous situation that no one knows how to combat. 

Carole Keller
Jan 11 2018 11:27 AM
You forgot to mention our current Canadians ... Landon Leach. (I don’t know if there are other MiLBers from Canada, but I know he is.)


You forgot to mention our current Canadians ... Landon Leach. (I don’t know if there are other MiLBers from Canada, but I know he is.)

Thanks for that addition.I did not check out minor leaguers, but hopefully there will be many more.