Craig Arko got a reaction from USAFChief in Rod Carew or Kirby Puckett: Who Had the Better Career?
The obvious (and likely correct) answer: Yes.
Craig Arko reacted to KirbyDome89 in Rosenthal out at MLBN
He's a journalist, by definition that job demands a certain level of objectivity that isn't comparable to that of a PR rep. There's almost no way the decision to suspend Rosenthal for 3 months had nothing to do with MLBN opting not to renew his contract a year later. We can quibble over Rosenthal's individual integrity but firing a journalist because you don't like what they're reporting on warrants criticism.
Craig Arko reacted to Squirrel in Woman named manager of Yankees MiL team
Rachel Balkovec becomes the first woman manager of the Yankees low-A team. From reading about her, it sounds well deserved. Congrats, Rachel ... you may be the first, but I hope not the last.
Craig Arko reacted to David Youngs in Brotherly Love from the Eyes of a Mother: The Story of Taylor and Tyler Rogers
Taylor and Tyler Rogers have emerged as household names in the MLB world. Their mother, Amy, reflects on the wild journey that has taken her twin sons from the backyard in Colorado to the game's biggest stage.
The call was brief. Short and sweet.
“Mom, I’m going to The Show.”
Those were words Twins reliever Taylor Rogers spoke to his mother Amy in 2016 after receiving the news that he would be packing up his bags in Rochester, NY, and heading to Target Field.
Coming out of a business meeting, it was a moment that Amy still cherishes like it was yesterday.
“I told him to hold on a minute, and then I just yelled in joy,” she recalled.
Yet Amy wasn’t the first person that Taylor shared the news with; the lanky lefty kept it to himself for 3-4 hours.
The reason why? Taylor’s identical twin brother Tyler was still at practice when Taylor received his call of a lifetime.
Taylor and Tyler Rogers have emerged as two of the most prolific relief pitchers in Major League baseball. Taylor was a 2021 All-Star and has earned his stripes as an anchor in the Twins bullpen. Tyler emerged as a breakout star for the San Francisco Giants, garnishing a 7-1 record and 2.22 ERA for the 2021 NL West champion Giants.
The best stat? Taylor and Tyler are one of just ten sets of identical twins to play Major League Baseball together at the same time.
Amy couldn’t be more proud of her sons. From hours in the backyard to playing at the game’s highest level, one thing has remained constant; their love and support of each other.
Linked at the Hip
Like many twins, Taylor and Tyler were close from a young age. When Amy wasn’t bussing them to baseball and basketball games the two lived in the family's backyard with a pair of gloves and a ball.
“I think they pushed each other's talents,” Amy said. “They complimented each other all the time. They'd come inside, and Taylor would say things like ‘Wow, Ty, you're throwing really hard today,’ and vice versa.”
The kindness and love wasn’t just for the brothers, they extended it to their mother too.
“I’d get them a new bat and they’d say ‘Thanks Mom, we're gonna hit a home run today,” Amy recalled. “I have a huge bag of 50 baseballs that they signed for me, the only level I don’t have signed by is an MLB ball.”
That love extended off the playing field and into the seats. Growing up in Colorado in the late 90’s/early 2000’s, the Rogers’ spent hours at Coors Field as the Rockies franchise grew. And while the high home run rate of the park didn’t scare them away from the mound, neither Taylor nor Tyler were prodigies from a young age.
In fact, the two didn’t make the varsity roster until the back half of high school; Taylor his junior year and Tyler his senior year.
Yet when Taylor found his stride, he hit the ground running, earning all-state honors his senior year that drew attention from Power Five conferences… and MLB Scouts. Taylor was drafted by the Orioles after his senior high school season in the 37th round of the 2009 Amateur Draft. The excitement was surreal, but it wasn’t his time.
Taylor declined and committed to the University of Kentucky. Yet the situation planted a thought for Amy; her son had a chance to ‘make it.’
“He was focused on going to college so he went to Kentucky,” Amy said. “As he progressed through there, we began to realize that (playing professional baseball) was a possibility.
Three years later, Taylor was drafted again, this time in the 11th round by the Twins.
As a late-blooming right-handed pitcher, Tyler’s journey was a bit different than his brother's.
“Tay had different opportunities being a left-handed commodity, Ty didn't have the same opportunities right away,” Amy said. “That was hard to navigate, especially with peer pressure from people who didn't understand it. People would make comments like ‘Why aren't you going to Kentucky?’ to him.”
Tyler’s road to The Show went through Junior College in Garden City, Kansas where he developed his submarine delivery. That was followed by two years on the mound at Division I Austin Peay.
Just a year after his brother was drafted by the Twins, the Giants selected Tyler in the 10th round of the 2013 draft. Fast-forward seven minor league seasons, Tyler received the call that he had dreamed of; a moment for Amy that was even more emotional than Taylor’s call up.
“I'll admit, my reaction to Tyler’s (call up) was more emotional than Taylor’s; he was at the end of his seventh year in the minors and wasn't sure it was gonna happen. It wasn't so much about him going up to the big leagues, it was ‘This is happening for Tyler, he’s finally gotten here and he's living his dream.”
Just like Taylor, Tyler made sure the first person to hear the news was his brother.
Mother and Fan
If there’s anyone that deserves a free subscription to MLB TV, it’s Amy Rogers. When she’s not at Oracle Park or Target Field she can be found glued to her sons’ games that span multiple time zones and start times.
“I enjoy watching the dynamics of how the games come together, and then the role that Taylor and Tyler play when they come into the game,” she said. “That’s when I get amped up.”
Yet nothing can replace times at the ballpark for Amy. The visual of seeing her sons’ success in the flesh is priceless.
“Being in the stands at Target Field when it's the bottom of the 9th with a two-run lead, two outs, two strikes, and everyone is standing and cheering, it’s so surreal to think ‘Everyone is cheering for my son’.”
Yet while the cheers are loud, the boos and heckling also loom. Despite the occasional negativity, Amy has learned to persevere.
“When you head off to places like Dodger Stadium, people aren't necessarily fans of you," she said. "When those (negative) people say things, I cheer even louder to make it known who I am. It doesn't matter if (Taylor and Tyler) get the save or if they blow it, I’m still standing.”
How Far They’ve Come
Amy smiles as she reflects on the journeys of her sons.
“They really just wanted to have fun,” she said. "Obviously every kid dreams of playing MLB, but that wasn’t their end goal. They just wanted to have fun.”
And while she’s proud of their baseball accolades, there’s even greater pride in the relationship that they’ve built.
When Taylor was named to the All-Star game in 2021, Tyler was there to watch. The favor was returned at the end of the 2021 season. Since Taylor was on IL, the Twins allowed him to head west to watch his brother pitch for the division-winning Giants. It was Taylor’s first time watching Tyler pitch in the big leagues.
“When Taylor saw Tyler enter the game, he was dialed in,” Amy said. “He walked all the way down the concourse and down to the field. He didn’t care who was in front of him.”
That brotherly love is nothing new. It’s something that Amy feels lucky to have witnessed and experienced since the boys were young.
“What I like is that they share the same values and interests, but they're still their own people,” she said. “Each of them have individual traits that they contribute to the world."
From the days of youth to adulthood, she describes Taylor as Type A and organized in contrast to the free-flowing and outgoing personality of Tyler.
“Even though they’re twins, there's still that first and second-born child dynamic,” she said.
The few minutes of age that Taylor has on Tyler doesn’t halt the potential that both men have on the mound. Taylor looks to forge back to health and dominance in 2022, and Tyler will gun for a stellar follow-up campaign coming off a breakout season. In fact, the two teams are slated to face off from Aug 26-28 at Target Field in 2022. It will be the first time that the Rogers’ twins compete head-to-head at the MLB level.
Wins aside, Amy can rest easy at night with the young men that she has raised both on and off the field.
“I’m most proud that they remember where they came from, they stay humble, and honor their teammates. I just feel like they're really good people that have grown into their positions and haven't let it go to their head. They're really appreciative of what they've got.”
Special thanks to Amy Rogers for taking time for this story and sending some photos.
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Craig Arko reacted to tarheeltwinsfan in How are you passing the offseason abyss?
I have been writing a memoir, mainly for my children and grandchildren and for the men I served with in the Army.. My father wrote one for us and I've always appreciated that he did. He was a combat engineer in WWII and lost his only brother, a P-51 Mustang pilot. I went into the Army in September 1967 and spent 16 months in Korea in 1968 & 1969. Dan Bolger, a retired Army General and a professor of Military History at NC State University has written a book entitled "Scenes From An Unfinished War: Low Intensity Conflict in Korea 1966-1969". You can pull the complete book up on Google. In 2003 The History Channel did a documentary called "Running the DMZ" I was interviewed in that documentary. You should be able to find it on youtube, although it has been 19 years since I have seen it featured on The History Channel. . I'm writing about my experiences in this little known conflict which killed 2 of my platoon members (Michael Rymarczuk from Philadelphia ( KIA July 30, 1968) and a KATUSA ( Korean Augmentation to the US Army -KIA August ? 1968), whose name I can't remember, even though we had shared a foxhole several weeks before his death) It was the summer of 1968 in the Korean DMZ. Vietnam was the big story and rightly so. But if we ask Michael's family, or the KATUSA's family, or the families of Joseph Cayer and Mike Reynolds from New York (ambushed and both killed in their jeep Sept 27, 1968 in my company area of the DMZ) or Earl Jeffrey from Texas, Cleveland Davis from Florida, a KATUSA named UM, I. S. . or Rease Weathers from Kentucky, all of whom were in my platoon ( 3rd platoon, Charlie Company, 3/23rd Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division) and all of whom were wounded in the summer of 1968, they will all tell you that in the summer of 1968 the DMZ of Korea was a dangerous place to be. In telling my story, I feel I will be telling their stories.
Craig Arko reacted to David Youngs in In Memoriam
2021 was a difficult year for many, including the Minnesota Twins community. As hope and brightness of the new year prevails, we take time to honor and reflect on members of the Twins family that left us this past year.
Baseball is a very human game. Stats and numbers lead to titles and accolades, yet the core of our nation’s pastime is bound in the men who took the field. Men of all different backgrounds, positions, creeds, and personalities; some who cemented their name in baseball history and others who were lucky enough to dance with their childhood dream for just a short period of time.
Maybe you grew up watching some of these names on television with your parents. Perhaps some are inked in some of your fondest memories that enriched a lifelong love of the game. Others you may just be learning of as you read this article.
Regardless of knowledge, each of these individuals painted their own canvas in the history of a game and the Minnesota Twins organization that we all love. And while we miss them dearly, we smile at the memories and stories of how they impacted the game of baseball.
Joe Altobelli (May 26, 1932- March 3, 2021)
Outfielder and First Baseman for the 1961 Twins
A son of Rochester, New York, Altobelli played in 41 games for the 1961 Twins. That tenure included 21 hits and three home runs. Even though Altobelli’s tenure for the Twins was brief, his impact on the game was massive. Most notably, Altobelli took over the Earl Weaver-led Baltimore Orioles in 1983 and managed the club to a World Series in his first season at the helm.
Contrary to many managers at the time, Altobelli was known for his kindness and compassion towards players. After over a decade of coaching, Altobelli returned home in 1991 to serve as General Manager of the Rochester Red Wings for three seasons. In 1997, he became the color commentator for the Wings’ home games, a role that he would hold through the 2009 season.
Altobelli became known as “Mr. Baseball” in Rochester. His number is the first to be retired in team history.
Mike Bell (December 7, 1974- March 26, 2021)
Bench Coach for the 2020 and 2021 Twins
The Twins community mourned the loss of Bench Coach Mike Bell, who passed away after a courageous battle with cancer just prior to the 2021 season. Bell was coming off of his first season with the Minnesota Twins.
A member of a family rich with baseball history, Mike was the true definition of a 'baseball man' according to Rocco Baldelli. Yet perhaps his greatest quality was the love that he had for those surrounding the game of baseball.
“He brought that passion to the field as our bench coach. He was an amazing bench coach because he was amazing with people,” Baldelli said in an interview after Bell's passing.
Mike's brother David is the current manager of the Cincinnati Reds. When the two teams met for an interleague game in June, a touching ceremony was held in honor of Bell.
Twins' beat writer Do Hyoung-Park wrote a beautiful piece touching on the ceremony. You can read it here.
The Twins wore patches on their jerseys throughout the 2021 season to honor and remember Bell. While Mike's time in Minnesota was brief, it is extremely clear that he touched the lives of so many throughout the baseball community.
Jim 'Mudcat' Grant (August 13, 1935- June 11, 2021)
Pitcher for Twins from 1964-67
A giant in baseball history, Mudcat Grant passed away in June at the age of 85. Grant broke barriers in the game, most notably becoming the first black pitcher to win 20 games in a season. That incredible milestone took place in 1965, where Grant went 21-7 with a 3.30 ERA and played an instrumental role in the Twins' journey to the World Series. That incredible season earned him all-star accolades and a sixth place finish in MVP voting (teammates Zoilo Versalles and Tony Oliva finished first and second in voting).
Grant spent 14 seasons in the MLB amongst seven teams. His career stat line is impressive; 145-119 with a 3.63 ERA and 21.1 WAR. Yet his greatest legacy will be his advocacy for equality and representation in Major League baseball. His efforts will forever be remembered and honored as the game continues to strive to be more equitable.
Mike Marshall (January 15, 1943- June 1, 2021)
Pitched for the Twins from 1978-1980
Known for his screwball and incredible durability, 'Iron Mike' passed away at the age of 78. A perennial Cy Young candidate and eventual winner in the early 70's (the first reliever to win the award), Marshall was a bullpen staple for the Twins in the late 70's. The Adrian, Michigan, native's best season in Minnesota took place in '79, where he appeared in a league-leading 90 games and touted a league-leading 32 saves. Those numbers and a 2.65 ERA earned him MVP and Cy Young votes in what would be his last 'elite' season.
Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of Marshall's career was that he completed his Doctorate of Philosophy in Exercise Physiology in 1978 while he was with the Twins. He was a huge advocate for eliminating arm-related pitching injuries and carried that with him as he demolished milestones in baseball. John Swol of TwinsTrivia.com chatted with Marshall about his unique tactics and excellent career, check it out!
Ray Miller (April 30, 1945- May 4, 2021)
Manager for the Twins in 1985 and 1986
Serving as a crucial olive branch after a miserable start to the 1985 season, Ray Miller passed away at the age of 76. Miller was named skipper of the Twins for the '85 season after the team fired Billy Gardner following a 27-35 start. Miller weathered the storm, leading the young Twins to a 50-50 record to finish the season. He lasted midway through the 1986 season and was replaced by Tom Kelly.
Chuck Schilling (October 25, 1937 – March 30, 2021)
Member of Twins Roster for the 1966 season
A member of some high-quality Red Sox teams (and good friend to Carl Yastrzemski), Schilling was traded from the Sox to the Twins in exchange for Nimrod, MN, native Dick Stigman. And while Schilling never played a game for the Twins, he had an excellent tenure with the Red Sox, garnering team MVP status in his 1961 rookie season.
Dwight Siebler (August 5, 1937 – June 16, 2021)
Pitched for the Twins from 1963-67
A native of Platte Center, NE,, Siebler passed away at the age of 83. The RHP spent the entirely of his major league career with the Twins, garnering a 3.45 ERA in 48 appearances. Siebler appeared in just seven games during the '65 World Series run but pitched in a career-high 23 games the following season.
Jim Snyder (August 15, 1932 – March 9, 2021)
Second Baseman for the Twins from 1961-62, 1964
Best known as manager of the 1988 Mariners, Snyder played three seasons for the Twins in the early 1960's. And while he only tallied 103 MLB plate appearances, he achieved the dream that all youth ballplayers dream of; one MLB home run on July 16, 1964 in a 6-0 victory over the Washington Senators.
Wayne Terwilliger (June 27, 1925 – February 3, 2021)
Coach for Minnesota Twins and St. Paul Saints
Veteran, player, and beloved coach. Known as 'Twig' by many, Terwilliger served as the Twins' first-base coach for both World Series titles in '87 and '91. Terwilliger began coaching with the Twins in 1986 under Ray Miller and stayed on the staff when Tom Kelly took over managerial duties.
An excellent player in his own right, Terwilliger actually played for the St. Paul Saints in 1952 and would come full circle, serving as the Saints' first base coach from 1995-2002.
Twig truly embodied the phrase 'love of the game.' After serving in World War II, Terwilliger spent 62 years in profession baseball. He was so well-liked that the Twins gifted him a fishing boat when he retired from the team in 1994.
Loved by many, Terwilliger was a staple of baseball in the state of Minnesota and will be remembered for an eternity.
Stan Williams (September 14, 1936 – February 20, 2021)
Pitched for the Twins from 1970-1971
Nicknamed "Big Daddy" the 6'5 Williams spent two of his 14 MLB seasons with the Minnesota Twins. Williams posted an outstanding 10-1 record with an 1.99 ERA in 1970. A starting pitcher earlier in his career, Williams' 1970 season is cemented as one of the most dominant relieve pitching campaigns in Twins history.
Have any fond memories of the players and coaches listed above? Share your story below!
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Craig Arko reacted to Nine of twelve in Bring on the computer, knock off the framing
I hadn't considered this aspect of electronic pitch calling. While I have not researched these systems extensively, security would certainly be important. But compare and contrast a pitch calling system with a banking or investment on-line system. These systems manage billions of dollars and handle many thousands of public transactions per day. My assumption is that it would not be difficult to protect a system that has only 30 locations and does not provide public access to any features. Moreover, TV will still be using strike zone approximations during broadcasts, both to enable viewers to visualize the zone and to enable their graphics people to evaluate and fine tune their graphics. Any tampering with electronic pitch calling would be very easily noticed. So even if a system is hacked, I think it would be nigh on impossible to use what would have to be very subtle adjustments in the strike zone to significantly affect the outcome of an individual game or a 7-game postseason series, or for that matter even the regular season. There is just too much else going on in a baseball game.
So then people will say, well, if hacking is so unlikely to influence an outcome, why have the system in the first place? To me the response is obvious. Human umpires are much more prone to outside influence and much, much more prone to error than a properly-protected electronic system. Remember, it's all about getting the calls right so that players are the ones who determine the outcome of a game, not umpires or anyone else.
Craig Arko reacted to mikelink45 in Bring on the computer, knock off the framing
I think we need a lesson in umpiring for this conversation to continue - Baseball began with only one umpire to watch all the bases and balls and strikes. They chose William McLean to be the first ump. Without saying so much, they chose a former professional boxer, what does that say about umpiring?
By 1878 it was decided that volunteer umps were not working so they each got $5.00 a game. In 1882, Richard Higham advertised to gamblers that they should bet on games in managed - Richard was removed. At that same time the AL formed and they hired a group of umpires at $140 a month and would rotate them at games and locations on the diamond. In 1909 they decided to have four umpires per game.
An excellent history Steve the Ump and an historic timeline Umpire timeline can be found at these two sites.
Craig Arko reacted to Fitzpatrick54 in Some heartwarming news from the '21 season for the Christmas holidays...
Hi, I'm new here, and I've been a Twins fan from Western Pennsylvania since 1987...
For my first post, we know about the road rage incident that claimed the life of Little League coach Jay Boughton on July 6. On July 24, when the Angels were at Target Field, the Twins would honor Jay by welcoming his son Harrison to Target Field.
Here's MLB's story on this: https://www.mlb.com/news/twins-getting-younger-2021
Now, here's KMSP-TV Fox 9: https://www.fox9.com/news/twins-meet-with-family-of-baseball-coach-killed-in-hwy-169-shooting
I know this was a disappointing season for us Twins fans, but with Buck and La Tortuga meeting with the Boughton family, this was my highlight of the 2021 Twins season.
May the Boughton family have memories of Jay forever, and let's wish his family and friends a great 2022 and beyond.
People of the Twins Daily community, did you know Jay, attend the Angels-Twins game (on the night the Twins honored Jay) or was an assistant for him in youth baseball? Let's discuss!
Here's the GoFundMe page to help Jay's family. Twins' president Dave St. Peter donated $250 to help them. Let's chip in and help Jay's family: https://www.gofundme.com/f/jay-boughton-family-fund?utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet+chico96v&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer
Thanks for having me here...I've been a Twins fan since 10/18/87! Cheers from the Pittsburgh area!
Craig Arko reacted to TopGunn#22 in What Player Made You Fall in Love With the Twins?
Tony-O. That's why I'll finally see the Baseball Hall of Fame when my wife and I travel to Cooperstown this coming July. Many Twins have been favorites since: Tovar, Bostock, Puckett (and even though Tony-O was my FIRST favorite player, in anything, Killebrew and Carew were treasured Twins as well). I liked Gagne and then there were the pitchers: Dave Boswell, Blyleven, Jim Kaat, Jim Perry and later, Johann Santana and Joe Nathan. I also love their 1960's pinstripe uniforms with the blue numbers and "Twins" script. (with no player name on the back) Wish they'd bring them back.
Craig Arko reacted to gunnarthor in Chess World Championship
Anyone watching the chess championship? Magnus Carlson v. Ian Nepomniachtchi. Carlson has won three games (Game 6, 8, and 9). Game 6 was the longest game in chess world championship history while Nepo blundered a bit (by GM standards) in games 8 and 9. I'm no good at chess but I've really enjoyed watching this.
This guy has a fun chess youtube channel for those who want to see more.
Craig Arko reacted to theBOMisthebomb in Would you sign Andrelton Simmons to a one-year, $5m contract?
3. No way
5. Not now
6. Certainly not
7. By no means
8. I shall not.
9. Not likely
10. No thanks!
11. I think not.
12. Unfortunately not
13. I’m slammed
14. Not possible
15. Not this time
16. Not for me, thanks
17. It’s not my thing
18. I think I’ll pass.
19. Not today, thanks
20. I wish I could but…
21. I’m taking sometime
22. Maybe another time
23. I’m not interested
24. If only I could!
25. If only it worked
26. I’ll need to bow out
27. I’m afraid I can’t
28. I have something else
29. I don’t think I want to
30. Thanks, but no thanks
31. Rats! Would’ve loved to
32. Not now, but another time
33. I’m honored, but I can’t
34. I wish I were able to
35. Darn! Not able to fit it in
36. I won’t be able to help
37. I’d love to – but can’t
38. I’d rather not, thanks
39. I wish I could make it work
40. I wish there were two of me
41. I find the idea undesirable
42. Apologies, but I can’t make it.
43. I’m not able to make that time
44. I’m booked into something else
45. Sadly I have something else
46. Sounds great, but I can’t commit.
47. No thank you, but it sounds lovely
48. We appreciate the offer, however…
49. Unfortunately, it’s not a good time
50. No thanks, I won’t be able to make it
51. Thanks for thinking of me but I can’t
52. No thanks, I have another commitment
53. I appreciate your time, but no thank you
54. I’m not really into it, but thanks for asking!
55. I’m not taking on anything else right now.
Craig Arko reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Would you sign Andrelton Simmons to a one-year, $5m contract?
This is all I'm going to say on the subject and we all need to move on afterward:
No one has mentioned politics here except you. Two people gave their opinion on bringing back a player who was quite outspoken about vaccinations (not politics), a guy who put the on-field product of the team in jeopardy early in the season and did some damage to the Twins' ability to compete at a crucial point in the season.
Maybe that doesn't matter to you and that's fine. That's your opinion. Others may feel differently based on the actions and opinions of the player in question, actions and opinions he has publicly stated on multiple occasions.