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Ryan Atkins

Are They Still Around?

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One of my favorite spring training activities is looking to see how former Twins are faring with their new team. Box scores of spring games, especially those of teams you would not normally follow, tend to be pretty boring—lots zeros and ones. So, for me, I like to keep tabs on some “old friends”. In most cases, I really enjoy seeing former Twins players doing well, so I silently cheer them on as I watch for their name in the box scores. I suppose you could go the other way and say to yourself: “Ah, now that he doesn’t play for the Twins, I sure hope he tanks.” But I think the latter approach lends itself to more frustration than enjoyment.

So, while looking at spring box scores—and later—while reading the cuts and minor league assignments, look for the names below. I have listed all players that have been in the Minnesota Twins organization who are now in camp with other teams. For extra fun, I have listed former Twins who are now coaches on other teams. And, look, while I tried to be thorough, I’m sure I missed someone! Feel free to leave a comment if you find a Twin that I missed or if you just want to reminisce about one of these players. For example, “How can Livan Hernandez and Ramon Ortiz still be around?!?”

I was surprised to see Cristian Guzman out of baseball last year; apparently he had some family issues to deal with early on and never caught on with a team later in the season. He will turn 34 this year, but when healthy, is still a really nice player. Currently, he is in camp with Cleveland.

And you've got to be happy for LaTroy Hawkins who will be pitching for the Angels in his 18th year in the league. For all his early struggles with the Twins, he has put together a nice career. He’s really done it all—starter, closer, middle reliever, and set-up man. He pitched in the World Series for the Rockies in 2007.

Here are the ones who are still around, by team:

Baltimore Orioles
Roster: Luis Ayala – P, J.J. Hardy – IF
Non-Roster: Willie Eyre – P, Pat Neshek – P, Dennys Reyes – P, Steve Tolleson – OF

Boston Red Sox
Roster: Nick Punto – IF, Darnell McDonald – OF, David Ortiz – DH
Non-Roster: Carlos Silva – P, Jason Repko – OF
Coaches: Alex Ochoa

New York Yankees : NONE

Tampa Bay Rays : NONE

Toronto Blue Jays

Non-Roster: Jim Hoey – P

Chicago White Sox
Roster: Jesse Crain – P, Philip Humber – P, A.J. Pierzynski – C
Coaches: Mark Salas

Cleveland Indians
Roster: Kevin Slowey – P
Non-Roster: Cristian Guzman – IF

Detroit Tigers
Roster: Delmon Young – OF

Kansas City Royals
Roster: Jose Mijares – P

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Roster: LaTroy Hawkins – P, Torii Hunter – OF
Non-Roster: Loek van Mil – P
Coaches: Mickey Hatcher

Oakland Athletics
Roster: Grant Balfour – P, Brian Fuentes – P
Non-Roster: Jason Pridie – OF
Coaches: Chili Davis, Chip Hale

Seattle Mariners
Non-Roster: Sean Henn – P, Luis Rodriguez – IF
Coaches: Carl Willis

Texas Rangers
Roster: Mark Hamburger – P, Joe Nathan – P
Non-Roster: Joe Beimel – P
Coaches: Ron Washington

Atlanta Braves
Non-Roster: Dusty Hughes – P

Miami Marlins
Non-Roster: Rob Delaney – P, Terry Tiffee – IF
Coaches: Randy St. Claire

New York Mets
Roster: R.A. Dickey – P, Jon Rauch – P, Johan Santana – P
Non-Roster: Chuck James – P
Coaches: Tim Teufel

Philadelphia Phillies
Roster: Jim Thome – IF
Coaches: Pete Mackanin

Washington Nationals
Roster: Wilson Ramos – C

Chicago Cubs
Roster: Matt Garza – P
Non-Roster: Matt Tolbert – IF

Cincinnati Reds
Non-Roster: Ron Mahay – P, Corky Miller – C

Houston Astros
Non-Roster: Livan Hernandez – P

Milwaukee Brewers
Roster: Carlos Gomez – OF

Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster: Garrett Jones – OF
Non-Roster: Jose Morales – C

St. Louis Cardinals
Roster: Kyle Lohse – P, J.C. Romero – P

Arizona Diamondbacks
Roster: Craig Breslow – P, Henry Blanco – C, Jason Kubel – OF
Coaches: Don Baylor

Colorado Rockies
Roster: Casey Blake – IF, Michael Cuddyer – OF
Non-Roster: Brendan Harris – IF

Los Angeles Dodgers
Roster: Matt Guerrier – P, Trent Oeltjen – OF

San Diego Padres
Roster: Jason Bartlett – IF, Orlando Hudson – IF

San Francisco Giants
Non-Roster: Ramon Ortiz – P
Coaches: Roberto Kelly

Comments

  1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
    This is a great list. Thank you for compiling it! Like you, I always enjoy seeing where former Twins or Twins minor leaguers turn up. One that I would add is David Winfree, former Twins minor league player of the year, was added to the Diamondbacks' 40 man roster last fall, so he'll go to big league camp on the roster for the first time ever.

    I used to blog about this daily throughout spring. I don't know if I'll be able to continue to do so, but if you want to use your blog for that purpose, that would be great!
  2. Kirsten Brown's Avatar
    Interesting stuff. I was surprised to see some of these names.

    You must have done a bunch of research for this. Thanks.
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