At the Star Tribune, columnist Jim Souhan visited the closer’s up-and-down background. In spring camp, the Twins brought him along to a road game but never used him, angering Perkins. Later, instead of answering a call from the manager, he went fishing. Still, he made the team.
Prior to that, Perkins made some waves at the University of Minnesota as well:
Perkins had a similar experience with the Gophers. The Stillwater High School product made lousy grades during his first semester in college. The Gophers redshirted him, and he spent his second semester “figuring out how to be a college student.” One day, Gophers pitching coach Todd Oakes called him about a rumor that Perkins wanted to transfer.
Perkins said that if he was going to leave, he already would be gone.
“I think that was the moment for Todd where he said, ‘OK, he’s committed, he just needs to figure out how to do it.’ I never had any more trouble.”
Why so much conflict? “I guess it’s a character flaw of mine,” Perkins said.
It is a remarkable 180 that has happened to Perkins’ career and the Twins should be fortunate to have not pulled the trigger on any potential trades.