Minnesota Taking a LOOK at Cuban Defector

On this Tuesday morning, I looked on the Star Tribune sports page and an article caught my eye, a baseball article, and it involved the Twins going to look at Aroldis Chapman’s workout in Houston. Well I know what this means, the Twins will offer a contract that is so far below the top contracts of the Yankees and Red Sox it will not even reach the signing table for Chapman. This is just another ploy by the front office to show fans that they want to sign the premier free agent but they will never commit their money to them. So my advice is don’t get to excited about him signing with Minnesota unless the player speaks openly on wanting to pitch in Minneapolis. He will fall into the hands of the Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies, or some other big bucks team.

Chris Province Joins Twins Farm

As we all know Boof Bonser got traded to the Red Sox for a player to be named later and that player has been named! Drum roll please……. CHRIS PROVINCE!….. wait a minute, who is Chris Province? Any Red Sox fans know who that is? Didn’t think so. A scout said in a text message to a Star Tribune writer that Province has a good sinker but no second pitch, doesn’t like his chances as a good major league pitcher. That second pitch is probably a slider. Lokk here is my take, Boof Banser isn’t going to get get any better and the Twins have the opportunity to take a young pitcher and see if he can develop.

Twins Legend of the Month: Rod Carew

Carew won the American League’s Rookie of the Year award in 1967 and was an All-Star in every year but his final one, 1985. In his career, Carew won seven batting titles.

In 1972, Carew led the American League in batting, hitting .318, and remarkably, without hitting a single home run for the only time in his career; Carew is to date the only player in the American League or in the modern era to win the batting title with no home runs hit in that year. In the 1977 season, Carew batted .388, which at the time was the highest since Boston’s Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941, and won the American League’s most valuable player award.

In 1975, Carew joined Ty Cobb as the only players to lead both the American and National Leagues in
batting average for three consecutive seasons. Carew achieved the feat
in 1973, 1974, and 1975. Carew also stole home 17 times in his career, including seven times in the 1969 season.

Originally a second baseman, Carew moved to first base in September 1975. In 1979, frustrated by the Twins’ inability to keep young talent, and after considerable conflict with team owner Calvin Griffith, Carew announced his intention to leave the Twins. Carew was subsequently traded to the Angels for outfielder Ken Landreaux, C/1B Dave Engle, right-handed pitcher Paul Hartzell, and left-handed pitcher Brad Havens. The Twins had been unable to complete a deal with the New York Yankees in January 1979 in which Carew would have moved to New York in exchange for Chris Chambliss, Juan Beniquez, Damaso Garcia, and Dave Righetti.

On August 4, 1985, Carew joined an elite group of ballplayers when he got his 3,000th hit against Minnesota Twins left-hander Frank Viola at the former Anaheim Stadium. Coincidentally, Chicago White Sox right-hander Tom Seaver won his 300th game on the same day. The 1985
season would be his last. After the season, Rod Carew, a free agent,
received no contract offers from other teams. Carew suspected that
baseball owners were deliberately colluding to keep him from playing. The suspicion was justified; on January 10, 1995,
nearly a decade after his forced retirement, arbitrator Thomas Roberts
ruled that the owners had indeed violated the rules of baseball’s second collusion agreement,
which they had previously agreed to abide by. Rod Carew was awarded
damages equivalent to what he would have likely received in 1986: $782,036.

Carew finished his career with 3,053 hits and a lifetime batting average of .328.

Carew was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991, his first year of eligibility, the 22nd player so elected. In 1999, he ranked #61 on The Sporting News’ list of  100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was nominated as a finalist for Major League Baseball’s All-Century Team. Carew has also been inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame.

Twins Keep Everyone

Well as I mentioned yesterday the Twins front office had some decisions on who to tender. They tendered Matt Guerrier, Francisco Liriano, Pat Neshek, Carl Pavano, J.J. Hardy, Brendan Harris, and Jesse Crain (Dad Gummit!). I am not commenting any further on Crain’s return besides that he can earn up to $3 million in 2010.
 
The Twins will now have to scour the lists of clubs other non-tenders, most notably third base. A notable third baseman looking for a job in 2010 is Garret Atkins, the former Rockies third baseman. So please Bill, fill up that huge hole in our line-up.

Will Crain Return? Can We Get a 3rd Baseman Over Here?

The Twins have decisions to make by 10:59 CT tonight. One of them is to keep Jesse Crain or non-tender him. Allow me to put my input on this, DON’T BRING HIM BACK! He dug his grave last year by his batting practice pitching to hitters. It’s not that I don’t like the guy, but if you want an effective bullpen you can’t have a reliever that can’t do his job. He had a 4.70 ERA in 56 appearances in the majors. Jon Rauch, Bobby Keppel, Jose Mijares, Pat Neshek, Matt Guerrier, and Joe Nathan. You know what they do, get people out. As of now the Twins bullpen is considered a strong point, so why not make it stronger by signing a free agent reliever or bringing up someone.

The Twins currently have Nick Punto and Brendan Harris slotted at third base. Nick Punto is a good defender, but Bill Smith please get someone that can be out there everyday. I bet I could find someone the Twins could afford to play third base. What about Troy Glaus? Give him a one-year deal to give Valencia one more year to be ready. Seriously we need a third baseman!!!

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