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Max Kepler is Southern League MVP

Max Kepler

Max Kepler

All of the Twins top prospects are not wearing a Twins uniform just yet, there are still more on the way. The Southern League announced yesterday that Chattanooga 1B/OF Max Kepler was the league MVP. “Max made a tremendous adjustment to his swing and stuck with it the whole season,” Lookouts hitting coach Chad Allen said. “He has been a pleasure to coach because of all the hard work he put in this year and definitely deserves this award.”

One of the Twins top prospects, the German born Kepler is on track to win the slash-line Triple Crown as the league leader in average (.327), on-base percentage (.415) and slugging percentage (.540). Kepler entered Thursday leading the Southern League with a .327 average and ranking among the top 10 also in hits (128), extra-base hits (53), total bases (211), runs scored (73), doubles (32), triples (12), RBI (69) and walks (60). He earned player of the week honors in May and June and was selected to the Futures Game and the Southern League All-Star Game. Kepler along with fellow Lookout’s outfielder Adam Walker II was also named to the Southern League post season All-Star team.

Adam Brett Walker II

Adam Brett Walker II

Walker who has hit a Southern League leading 30 home runs and has 103 RBI also led the Florida State League in home runs last season and was the league MVP. In 2013 he led the Midwest League in home runs. Walker will be reporting to the Twins AFL team when they begin play in October.

Max Kepler is on the Twins 40 man roster and once the Chattanooga Lookout’s finish their post season play, the chances are good that the Twins will call on Kepler to finish out the Twins 2015 season at Target Field and Twins fans will get a chance to see him play in Minnesota.

CONGRATULATIONS! to both Max and Adam on their great seasons.

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Quite a start for Sano

Miguel Sanol 2015Miguel Sano had three hits, including a game-tying homer in the seventh inning, to help the Twins defeat the White Sox, 8-6. Sano has recorded 52 hits in the first 50 games of his major-league career, including 14 homers and 13 doubles. The only other active players who recorded at least 50 hits in their first 50 major-league games with at least half of those hits going for extra bases are Jose Abreu (50 hits, 31 XBH) and Chris Davis (50 hits, 25 XBH). Sano is the first player in Twins/Senators history with such a start to his major-league career. Source: ELIAS

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This Day in Twins History – Twins longest game

Munoz, PedroAugust 31, 1993 – The Minnesota Twins finally win the longest game in their history when Pedro Munoz hits a walk-off home run to lead off the bottom of the 22nd inning to beat Jason Grimsley and the Cleveland Indians 5-4 in 22 innings after playing ball for 6 hours and 17 minutes at the Metrodome. Twins rookie RHP Brett Merriman picks up his first big league win in his seventh big league game. Sadly for Merriman, that win turned out to be the only game he would win in the big leagues. According to some reports, there were only about 1,500 fans in the stands when Munoz crossed the plate at 1:22 AM on 9/1. I was home and stayed up to watch the entire game on TV. Don’t forget to check out the pitch counts in the box score provided below.

Brett Merriman

Brett Merriman

Twins and Indians did not want to go home

Box Score

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Sano is “quickest” to a dozen homers for the Twins

Miguel Sanol 2015Miguel Sano‘s 12th career home run gave the Twins a 7-0 lead against Houston yesterday and they held on for a 7-5 victory. Sano, who has played only 49 games in the majors, is the first player ever to hit as many as a dozen homers in fewer than 50 games for the Senators/Twins. Sano broke the franchise record which was set by Chili Davis in 1991, when he hit 12 homers over his first 53 games for the Twins after they signed him as a free agent that January. Source:ELIAS

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Twins minor league player of the week

Jose Berrios 2015 2Rochester (AAA) right-handed pitcher Jose Berrios is the Twins minor league Player of the Week. Berrios who is just 21 years old started for the Red Wings on Wednesday at Syracuse, pitching 7.0 shutout innings with three hits allowed, one walk and 12 strikeouts, earning the win as he recorded consecutive double-digit strikeout totals. Berrios has combined to go 12-5, 2.95 ERA (155.1 IP, 51 ER) with 37 walks and 165 strikeouts in 25 starts between Chattanooga (AA) and Rochester. Baseball America ranked him Berrios the 19th best mid-season prospect in baseball in July.

Berrios fans 12 in another dominant outing

Berrios who is in his fourth year in the Twins organization has never had a losing season and 2013 was the only year that Berrios spent the entire summer with just one ball club. Twins fans in Minnesota can’t wait to see Berrios in a Twins uniform, maybe as early as this September but unfortunately Berrios is approaching his Twins imposed innings limit and we may have to wait until 2016.

 

Twins Minor League Report August 30, 2015

 

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Twins score just enough to halt Astros streak

Torii Hunter 2015Eduardo Nunez homered and drove in a run with a groundout, the Twins scored another run when Torii Hunter was hit by a bases-loaded pitch, and five pitchers combined to blank the Astros in a 3-0 victory. Hunter gets hit by a pitch with the bases full every seven years, the two previous times that it happened were in 2001 with the Twins and 2008 with the Angels.

Getting as many as three runs hasn’t been easy against the Houston pitching staff; in fact, the Twins were the first team to do it in the Astros’ last 10 games, although A.J. Hinch‘s squad has now lost three of those 10 games (the other two losses came by a 1-0 score). Source: ELIAS

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Sano with 38 RBI in 47 games

Miguel Sanol 2015Miguel Sano, who went 2-for-4 with one RBI in the Twins’ loss to the Rays yesterday has 38 RBI in 47 major-league games. Since the franchise moved to Minnesota in 1961, only one other player had that many runs batted in over his first 50 games with the team (not necessarily his first 50 major-league games). That was Kennys Vargas last season; Vargas also began his career with the Twins and drove in 38 runs over the first 50 games of his MLB career. Source: ELIAS

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E-Twins Dereck Rodriguez named APPY League Pitcher of the Year

Rodriguez, Dereck 2015 2Dereck Rodriguez, 23, was named the Appalachian League’s Pitcher of the Year after going 5-2 with a 2.65 ERA in 10 starts for Elizabethton. Rodriguez was selected by the Minnesota Twins as an outfielder in the sixth round (208 overall) of the 2011 First Year Player Draft out of Pace High School in Miami Gardens, Florida. Rodriguez, a right-hander played for Class A Cedar Rapids and Class A Advanced Fort Myers as an outfielder from 2011-2013. The 6-foot-1 starter was drafted by the Twins as an outfielder but made the career change to pitching after the 2013 season. . Rodriguez has 45 strikeouts and just 10 walks in 54 1/3 innings with the E-Twins this year. Dereck is the son of Major League All-Star catcher Ivan (Pudge) Rodriguez who spent 21 years in the Major Leagues, won 13 Gold Gloves and was a 14-time All-Star.

E-Twins outfielder LaMonte Wade and reliever Kuo Hua Lo joined Rodrigez on the 2015 Appalachian League All-Star team.

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Escobar’s hot streak

Eduardo Escobar 2015Eduardo Escobar had his first multiple-homer game in the major leagues in the Twins’ win over the Rays last night and over his last seven games he’s knocked seven extra-base hits and scored eight runs. No other major-league shortstop has averaged an extra-base hit and a run scored per game over a seven-game span this season.

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Sano reaches a dozen homers

Miguel Sanol 2015

Marty Cordova in spring training getting ready for the 1996 season.

Marty Cordova in spring training getting ready for the 1996 season.

Miguel Sano hit a three-run home run in the first inning of the Twins’ 11-7 win at Tampa Bay. Sano has now hit 12 home runs in 45 major-league games. That’s the fewest games any player in franchise history has needed to reach a dozen big-league homers. The old record was 58 by Marty Cordova in 1995.

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Remembering 1965 – Part 19 – 50th anniversary celebration pictures and video

1965 twins 50th anniversary bannerThe Minnesota Twins hosted a 59th anniversary celebration on July 31 and August 1 for the 1965 American League champions. On July 31st the organization put on a “Championship Breakfast” that was attended by about 250 Twins fans and 11 players from the 1965 championship team that won a Twins record 102 games. Twins TV broadcaster Dick Bremer served as the master of ceremonies.

I was able to attend the breakfast which was held in the Metropolitan Club at Target Field and had a great time meeting other Twins fans and chatting briefly with some of the players. The cost of the breakfast was $75 for season ticket holders and $100 if you were not a Twins season ticket holder with the proceeds going to the Twins Community Fund.

There were 35 players that appeared in a Minnesota Twins uniform in 1965 and 20 of them were in town for the 50 year anniversary celebration. Bernie Allen, Jerry Fosnow, Jim “Mudcat” Grant, Jim Kaat, Jerry Kindall, Andy Kosco, Frank Kostro, Jim Merritt, Mel Nelson, Joe Nossek, Tony Oliva, Camilo Pascual, Jim Perry, Frank Quilici, Rich Reese, Garry Roggenburk, Rich Rollins, Dick Stigman, Sandy Valdespino, and Al Worthington. Coach Hal Naragon was also in attendance.

The ten player’s have passed on are Bob Allison, Earl Battey, Dave Boswell, Harmon Killebrew, Johnny Klippstein, Don Mincher, Cesar Tovar, Ted Uhlaender, Zoilo Versalles, and Jerry Zimmerman. RIP gentlemen and thank you for all the wonderful memories.

John Sevcik and Bill Pleis were unable to attend due to family health issues. Jimmie Hall also was invited but was not in attendance. Why he was not here is unclear, I saw some where that he was not able to change his schedule in time to attend and the other reason that has floated around for a long time is that Hall likes to stay close to home and that he is not a huge fan of the Twins organization due to some conflicts that have arisen in the past over medical claims. I have no idea why Dwight Siebler or Pete Cimino were not in attendance other than Siebler only appeared in seven games and Cimino only appeared in one game.As nored earlier, coach Hal Naragon was in attendance.

Manager Sam Mele who is 93 was not able to attend due to health concerns but he did make a short video that was played for the crowd. Coaches Billy Martin, Johnny Sain, and Jim Lemon have also passed on. Coach Hal Naragon as mentioned earlier was in attendance.

I took a few pictures at the championship breakfast that I will share with you here. Just click on the first thumbnail image to get started.

The Twins were kind enough to provide me with a group picture from the Saturday celebration. Clicking on the picture will enlarge it slightly.

BACK ROW L - R: Jim Merritt, Jerry Kindall, Dick Stigman, Rich Reese, Mel Nelson, Andy Kosco, Frank Kostro, Garry Roggenburk, Jerry Fosnow, Bernie Allen, Hal Naragon FRONT ROW L - R: Joe Nossek, Sandy Valdespino, Rich Rollins, Jim Perry, Camilo Pascual, Al Worthington, Frank Quilici, Jim Kaat, Jim "Mudcat" Grant, Tony Oliva

BACK ROW L – R: Jim Merritt, Jerry Kindall, Dick Stigman, Rich Reese, Mel Nelson, Andy Kosco, Frank Kostro, Garry Roggenburk, Jerry Fosnow, Bernie Allen, Hal Naragon
FRONT ROW L – R: Joe Nossek, Sandy Valdespino, Rich Rollins, Jim Perry, Camilo Pascual, Al Worthington, Frank Quilici, Jim Kaat, Jim “Mudcat” Grant, Tony Oliva

 

Charley Walters: Memories of 1965 still fresh for Twins great Jim Kaat

Fox Sports: 1965 Minnesota Twins reunion video (19 minutes)

Twins celebrate 1965 American League Champions video (several combined video’s about 30 minutes total)

KSTP Breaking News! Minnesota Twins clinch the 1965 AL pennant! 9/26/1965 radio aircheck

Another short 1965 reunion video

 

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Twins sweep their season series versus the Orioles

Twins-vs-OriolesThe Twins scored an unearned run in the 12th inning that stood up as the game-winner at Camden Yards after Trevor Plouffe knotted the game with a ninth-inning RBI single off Zach Britton. The Orioles had won their previous 77 home games in which they led in the ninth inning or later.

Minnesota completed a sweep of its seven-game season series against Baltimore and has won its last eight games versus the Orioles dating back to last season. That is the longest current winning streak by one American League team against another.

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Twins minor league player of the week

Dean, PatRochester (AAA) right-handed left-handed pitcher Pat Dean is the Twins minor league Player of the Week. Dean, 26, tossed a complete shutout allowing just six hits while striking out six in his only start last week versus Buffalo. He has tossed 15.1 consecutive scoreless innings for the Red Wings and has recorded four complete games on the season.

The Twins drafted Dean in the third round (102 overall) of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Boston College and Dean signed for a reported $319,500. The Connecticut native is in his sixth season with Minnesota and has had a nice season as his 10-10 record with a 2.92 ERA indicates. Dean has started  24 games and he has completed 4 of his starts. Dean is not a strikeout pitcher as 92 KO’s in 152 innings indicates but he has great control (only 33 walks) and he keeps the ball in the ballpark as he has allowed only 10 round-trippers. The 26 year-old Dean is running out of time and it will be interesting to see if the Twins call him up in September.

Dean back on course

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Twins rally from seventh-inning deficit

Twins-vs-OriolesThe Twins scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a 3-2 lead over the Orioles and held on to win by that score at Camden Yards. Minnesota, prior to that comeback, had been 1-26 (.037) on the road this season after trailing entering the seventh inning, which tied the Red Sox for the worst such record in the American League. Source: ELIAS

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Late comeback for Twins in Baltimore

Twins-vs-OriolesThe Twins trailed 3-1 after seven innings in Baltimore, but the Minnesota Twins scratched across three runs in the eighth to come away with the 4-3 victory. Entering Friday, the Twins had been 2-48 this season in games when trailing by multiple runs in the eighth inning or later, including 0-25 on the road. The Orioles meanwhile had been 48-0 this season when leading by two or more runs in the eighth inning or later. Baltimore had won its last 88 home games with a multi-run lead in the eighth inning or later.

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Sano hits his 10th homer

Miguel Sanol 2015Twins rookie Miguel Sano hit his 10th home run in Minnesota’s 15-2 win at Baltimore on Thursday. Sano, who made his major-league debut on July 2, is tied with the Astros’ Carlos Correa for the most homers in the majors since that date by a rookie, and he leads the 2015 rookie class with 31 runs batted in over that span. Source: ELIAS

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Remembering 1965 – Part 18 – Beatles play at the Met

This particular blog has nothing to do with the 1965 Twins other than it took place in Met Stadium in 1965. I missed all the hullabaloo as I had just reported to U.S. Navy boot camp at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center to begin my 3+ year hitch.

Beatles at Met StadiumOn August 21, 1965, the Beatles traveled to Minneapolis Minnesota for a show at Metropolitan Stadium as the sixth stop along their 1965 North American Tour. Tickets were $2.50, $3.50, $4.50 and $5.50.  The group received a guarantee of $50,000 and an additional 65 percent of sales above 18,500 tickets.  30,000 tickets were sold.

If you were lucky enough to have one of the most expensive tickets, it would have looked like this.

If you were lucky enough to have one of the most expensive tickets, it would have looked like this.

There are a number of good articles about the Beetles visit and I will try to provide you with some of the links.

Minnesota’s brush with Beatlemania 50 years later

The Beatles come to Minneapolis

The Beatles play Metropolitan Stadium

Live: Metropolitan Stadium, Minneapolis

Beatles Press Conference: Minneapolis, 8/21/1965

The Beatles come to Minneapolis

Instamatic Memories: The Beatles come to Minnesota

40 years ago tomorrow: The Beatles in Minneapolis

10 rare photos from the Beatles’ only Minnesota performance

Actually, the Beatles were heard just fine. But maybe not seen.

Beatles fans relive memories of Minnesota concert

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Remembering 1965 – Part 17 – Quilici, Perry, Worthington, Grant and Versalles

Between August 1 and August 19 the Twins were 12-7 and and in first place with a 8.5 game lead over the Chicago White Sox. Their record for the year was 77-34 (.636). The Twins played in three doubleheaders during this period winning one and splitting the other two.

 

Frank Quilici

Frank Quilici

There is a nice piece in the August 7 issue of the Sporting News about the Twins new second baseman Frank Quilici. “Quilici never shuts up,” said manager Sam Mele. WOW! that is a real shocker to those people that know Frank at all. On that same page you can read about the Pirates planning to leave their spring training facility in Ft. Myers in their rear view mirror.

Sporting News Aug 7, 1965 P19

Jim Perry 3The August 14 has a lengthy piece on Jim Perry who came out of the bullpen to become a starter when Twins starters starting rotation suffered through a rash of injuries and illness. Al Worthington the Twins 36 year old closer who had never tasted post season play and the rest of the relief staff had to work over-time with some many injuries to the starting staff. “Housemaid knees” might not be politically correct today but according to Jim Grant that is what was troubling him even though he had a league leading 12-3 won/lost record.

Sporting News Aug 14, 1965 P5

Sporting News Aug 14, 1965 P8

Versalles, Zoilo 1I ran across this short article about Zoilo Versalles on the D.C. Baseball History web site that was written by an individual that had a personal encounter with Versalles back in 1959 when he was first called up by the Washington Senators.

The D.C. Baseball History web site is a great site if you are interested in learning more about the 1901-1960 Washington Senators who become our Minnesota Twins in 1961. The site also obviously covers the Washington Nationals.

The Reluctant Shortstop

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This Day in Twins History – August 19, 2013

Joe Mauer 4Catcher Joe Mauer goes 2 for 4 but the Twins lose 6-1 to the New York Mets in a meaning less make-up game at Target Field. Turns out that this is probably the last time that Mauer will ever catch for the Twins. The next day Mauer has concussion symptoms and misses the rest of the season. Mauer caught the entire game but took a foul tip off his mask during the game. On November 11, 2013 the Twins and Mauer announce that Mauer is giving up catching and moving to play 1B where he has played a total of 56 games over the last three seasons.

So many issues with the Twins might be solved if Mauer was still the catcher…..

Since Joe moved to first base he has played in 237 games hitting .271 with 12 home runs and 106 RBI, in those 1,002 plate appearances he has struck out 175 times. In his first four big league seasons Mauer had 183 strike outs in 1,755 PA’s.

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Tommy Milone 2015Milone gets support from the pen

The Twins bullpen threw four scoreless innings yesterday helping Tommy Milone earn a win in his first game back after a stint on the disabled list. Entering Sunday’s action, the Twins’ bullpen had a 6.59 earned-run average in games started by Tommy Milone this season, the worst bullpen support for any pitcher who has made at least 10 starts this season. Source: ELIAS

Did you know? Left-handed pitcher Tom Milone had a memorable major league debut for the Washington Nationals on September 3, 2011. Making the start against the New York Mets at Nationals Park, he retired the first 6 batters he saved, then hit the first pitch he saw from Dillon Gee in the bottom of the 2nd inning for a three-run homer, giving him a 5-0 lead.

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Twins minor league player of the week

Kennys Vargas  2015Rochester (AAA) first baseman/designated hitter Kennys Vargas is the Twins minor league Player of the Week. Vargas played in eight games for the Red Wings, hitting .391 (9-for-23) with two doubles, one home run, eight RBI, nine walks and a .563 on-base percentage. Vargas has hit .274 (96-for-350) with 11 doubles, 15 home runs and 50 RBI in 105 games this season at three levels (Minnesota, Rochester and Chattanooga).

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The 1975 Minnesota Twins and a seven year old boy

Today we have a guest post by Treavor Lenz who is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his first Twins game which he saw at Met Stadium. I enjoy the stories and thoughts that readers of this site share either through comments, messages or e-mails. If I can, I try to share them with other Twins fans. In this case Treavor talks about many different Twins historical events that he has had the pleasure to witness in person over the last 40 years. That is one of the cool things about baseball, it seems like certain games or events stay with you for a life time.

The young Twins fans of today haven’t had the opportunity to witness some of the wonderful events that have taken place over the years. What is cooler than reading about a Twins historical event from a person that actually was there when it took place? Thanks for taking the time to share your memories with us Treavor!

 

Hi Twins fans!

This August 16th marks a famous day in Twins history…. Well, for me, at least.  It’s the 40th anniversary of my first Twins game I ever attended at the Old Met.  I had just turned 7 and my Dad and I joined a Knothole Gang bus tour out of Eagle Lake, MN (I grew up in Waseca, MN.).  The sights and sounds of the ballpark were awesome for me and the game had a few historical significance’s, too. The Indians were managed by Frank Robinson, a future HOFer and the first African-American to lead an MLB team.  As noted in the Twins Trivia “This Day In Twins History” page, the Twins set an MLB record as all 9 players in the starting lineup had at least 2 hits, 20 total on the day.  Phil Roof’s home run landed just a section away from where we were sitting!  Tony Oliva and Rod Carew were definite favorites.  It’s too bad… I had missed out on seeing Harmon Killebrew by one season.

I was hooked; I wanted to see the Twins play each year and on or around my birthday, for sure.  I made it back to the Old Met, Metrodome and Target Field at least once each summer until 2011, 37 straight years!  After college at Iowa State, getting married and starting a family, my career took me to Wisconsin in 1999, so getting back for a game became wasn’t as easy as just picking up one evening and going to the Twin Cities from southern MN, but my desire spurred by that 7 year old’s memories kept it going for a while.

I wanted to share a few favorite memories of Twins games I attended with you today.

Other “This Day In Twins History” games I saw were:

  • Dave Goltz’s 180 (!) pitch, 11 inning, complete game 2-1 win over the A’s on July 25, 1977. I only realized a few years ago researching games I’d been to how high his pitch count was.
  • The only double-header in Metrodome history on August 1, 1983 (my 15th birthday) vs. the Angels, caused by the April 14, 1983 snowstorm that deflated the Metrodome roof. On that April day when they announced when the double-header would be, I simply told my folks, “We’re going!”  Two games and a return trip of Rod CarewReggie Jackson had two doubles in the first game.  The Twins split, with Rick Lysander winning the second game with an amazing complete game, 11-hit shutout.  Darrell Brown went 4-4, too.
  • Dave Kingman’s pop up that got stuck in the Metrodome roof on May 4, 1984, that, after much deliberation, the umpires ruled a ground rule double.
  • Steve Carlton’s last MLB win (329) vs. the A’s in an important 1987 AL West division game. He went 8 and 2/3’s innings.  Also, Don Baylor was an underrated pickup for the 1987 Champs!
  • Casey Blake was on fire on July 5, 2003! The Indians’ slugger was 5-5, with two doubles and two HRs, adding 7 RBIs in Cleveland’s 13-2 win.  My brother “became an Indians fan” in the seventh, “since they were the only ones hitting that day.”

Other memories include:

  • In 1976 vs. the Yankees, my Dad almost broke his hand on a Mickey Rivers’ foul liner that just kept climbing into the second deck, 3rd base side.
  • A 1977 tilt, when Lyman Bostock had a go-ahead, 8th inning homer, the White Sox and Twins seventh of the day, to win it 7-6 and the whole 1977 season when Carew, Bostock, Hisle and Ford were key hitters in a fun season. (Reminds me a little of the current 2015 Twins!)
  • A great stab by Rob Wilfong going towards first, starting a 4-6-3 DP, of a line one hop smash by Jim Rice. My section was right in front of it!  You’ve got to give Rice credit; he hustled and almost beat it out.  The Twins beat a star-studded Red Sox team 5-2 on July 25, 1978 that featured Fred Lynn, Carl Yastrzemski, Carlton Fisk, George “Boomer” Scott and Jim Rice.
  • Waiting out a 2 hour rain delay to see Detroit bet the Twins 8-3 in 1979. Willie Norwood would always have a good game at the plate when I went.
  • Jerry Koosman pitched a 10 inning complete game 2-1 win over the 2 time defending World Champ Yankees the day before my 12th birthday, July 31, 1980. John Castino doubled in Ken Landreaux all the way from first off of future HOF closer Goose Gossage.  Even Reggie’s strikeouts were majestic!
  • Seeing Harvey Kuenn’s Wallbangers with Paul Molitor, Robin Yount, Ben Oglivie, and Gorman Thomas in the last game I saw at Met Stadium in September 1981.  They did in the overmatched Twins 16-5.  Mark Funderburk hit a towering sacrifice fly in his Twins’ debut at-bat.
  • My first game in the Metrodome in 1982. First (full) year phenom Kent Hrbek was intentionally walked with no one on and 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th as Texas preserved a 3-2 win.
  • The arrival of a dynamo named Kirby Puckett, who swung at anything and hit line drives and ran everything down in center. KIRRR-BY PUCKETT!!!!—never got tired of the PA announcer’s call!
  • A fan a few rows in front of me made a great bare handed catch of a foul liner off of the bat of Orioles’ first baseman Eddie Murray. If it had skipped through, I was ready!
  • A fan a few rows behind me by the cement aisle steps dropped a foul pop from Randy Bush. As I got my hand on it after judging the one hop, my brother informs me that another fan pushed me squarely in the back trying to reach over me for it, too.  The ball skittered away from both of us.  I never got any closer to a ball than that!
  • Oakland CF Dave Henderson losing the ball in the white Metrodome ceiling and LF Rickey Henderson’s mad dash (to no avail) to try to catch it behind him!
  • Seeing 12 games in 1987, including Game 2 of the 1987 World Series! My Dad’s brother, Uncle Fred got 2 sets of 2 tickets to it.  My brother, Aaron, and I sat in one and Dad and Fred in the other.  Gary Gaetti’s HR (inside the foul pole right in front of us), Randy Bush’s RBI double, Bert Blyleven going 7 innings and the loudest atmosphere I’d ever been in stand out.  A Tom Brunansky bottom of the 9th HR vs. the Brewers for a 2-1 win was key that year.  KC Royals Danny Tartabull’s 9th inning 3 run HR off of Jeff Reardon was not.  Oddly, the Twins were 5 wins and 6 losses in the 11 regular season games I attended—the year they had such a great home record!
  • Boston’s Roger Clemens outdueled Scott Erickson 1-0 in about 1990. Clemens finished with a complete game 2 hitter and Scotty went about 7 and 2/3’s.  Leadoff batter Billy Hatcher cueballed a spinning double past Kent Hrbek down the first base line, Wade Boggs singled him in and that was it for the scoring after the top of the first!
  • Seattle’s Ken Griffey, Jr and Ken Griffey, Sr playing together. Junior homered, naturally…
  • The M & M boys (Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau) hit line drives all over the place.
  • The last game I saw at the Metrodome was in July 2009 vs. Detroit. Each time Detroit would score so would the Twins until their one run in the 16th inning could not match the three the Tigers had scored.  Longest game I’ve ever attended!
  • The two games at Target Field in 2010 and 2011, both against the Rays. Jim Thome’s shot off the wall only resulted in an RBI single (a few feet short of a home run) as they lost in ’10, but Michael Cuddyer’s bloop RBI single was the winning margin in ’11.

I’ve probably left off a few deserving entries, but what I enjoyed the most about going to a Twins game was attending WITH MY FAMILY!  My Dad Ken, Mom Kathy, sister Kelli, brother Aaron, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and later, my wife Becky, my kids Trey, Kylie, and the twins (of course!) Mikayla and Mackenzie, her folks Arlin and Carol, brother Brian, and sister Deb’s family are the people with whom I enjoyed Twins games!

Left to right: Me (Treavor), Mackenzie, Trey, Mikayla, Kylie, and my wife, Becky

Left to right: Me (Treavor), Mackenzie, Trey, Mikayla, Kylie, and my wife, Becky

I hope you enjoyed a look at the last 40 years of Twins baseball as I saw it!  Go Twins!!!

Treavor Lenz

As I was prepping this post by tagging all the players that Treavor mentioned it dawned on me that some of these players had slipped into the archives of my own memory banks as I age but seeing their name in print again brought back many memories, some funny, some exciting, some good, some bad, some historic, and some that are just plain sad. That’s a good thing, damn I love baseball. Thanks again Treavor.

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According to ELIAS

Dozier: first Twins middle infielder with 25-HR season

Brian Dozier

Brian Dozier

Brian Dozier slammed his 25th home run of the season in the Twins’ 4-1 victory over the Indians, becoming the first major-league second baseman to reach that total this season. He’s also the first Twins player at any position to hit 25 homers in any of the last three seasons, the last being Josh Willingham, who hit 35 in 2012. And, for a big finish, Dozier is the first middle infielder ever to hit 25 home runs for the Twins franchise since it began back in 1901 in Washington. Source: ELIAS

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According to ELIAS

Kluber throws one-hitter at Target Field

Corey Kluber allowed only one hit in nine innings–a home run by Joe Mauer— in the Indians’ 6-1 victory in Minneapolis yesterday. The only other major-league pitcher in the last five seasons to throw a complete-game one-hitter in which that lone hit was a home run was the Mariners’ Taijuan Walker on July 31 of this year, coincidentally also against the Twins at Target Field, although Minnesota’s home run in that game was hit by Miguel Sano. Source: ELIAS

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This Day in Twins History – August 15, 1994

Pat MahomesAugust 15, 1994 – Minnesota Twins pitcher Pat Mahomes was knocked unconscious and trapped in his Jeep after it rolled over on a bridge in downtown Minneapolis, the police said. Mahomes sustained head injuries and his condition was upgraded from serious to satisfactory by mid-afternoon, according to the Hennepin County Medical Center. Mahomes, who was alone, was traveling at “a fairly high rate of speed” when his vehicle crossed the center line, hit a guard rail and rolled over, a police spokeswoman said. He was not wearing a seat belt and was trapped until police were able to get him out. Mahomes may be charged with a DUI. Mahomes, 24, of Lindale, Texas was drafted by the Twins in the sixth round of the 1988 free-agent draft.

Mahomes backs off denial about crash

Mahomes son Pat plays Quarterback for Texas Tech

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Who am I?

Rocky Colavito pitchingIt is very infrequent when I do a piece on a non Twins player but this is one of those times. See if you can identify this position player that pitched in the big leagues on two occasions. He played against the Twins many times.

Here is what 1960s baseball wrote:

In the first game of a double-header in Yankee Stadium, ?? was the winning pitcher in a 6-5 Yankee triumph over the Tigers. ?? entered the game in the fourth inning, relieving starter Steve Barber.

In 2.2 innings, ?? allowed no runs on one hit, striking out one Tiger batter and walking two. He was the last non-pitcher to win a major league game until catcher Brent Mayne won a game for the Colorado Rockies in 2000.” Who is this guy?

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According to ELIAS

Miguel Sanol 2015Sano stars in Twins’ win

Miguel Sano went 3-for-3 with two homers and six RBIs in the Twins 11-1 win over the Rangers last night at Target Field. In the expansion era, only five players have produced two homers and six RBIs in a game at a younger age than Sano (22 years, 93 days): Ron Santo (21 years, 123 days old in 1961), Rennie Stennett (22/29 in 1973), Aramis Ramirez (22/33 in 2000), Miguel Cabrera (22/66 in 2005) and Justin Upton (21/268 in 2009).

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According to ELIAS

MLB LogoHome sweet home

The home team won all 15 games on the MLB slate on Tuesday night. That’s the most games in one day, all won by the home team, in major league history. The previous record was 12 games on May 23, 1914. There were three major leagues in 1914, the National (four games that day), American (four) and Federal (four), which had a two-year lifespan (1914 and 1915). Source: ELIAS

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Remembering 1965 – Part 16 – Injuries abound, Nossek, Valdespino, new LF stands, Zimmerman, Sain, Kosco

Sam Mele (14), incensed over Bill Valentine's decision at first base strikes a fighter's pose in the sixth inning og game one at Met Stadium July 18. Attempting to break up the melee are Rich Rollins (glasses), Twins third baseman and pitcher Jim Kaat. The incident cost Mele a $500 fine and a five-day suspension.

Sam Mele (14), incensed over Bill Valentine’s decision at first base strikes a fighter’s pose in the sixth inning og game one at Met Stadium July 18. Attempting to break up the melee are Rich Rollins (glasses), Twins third baseman and pitcher Jim Kaat. The incident cost Mele a $500 fine and a five-day suspension. Minnesota Twins Manager Sam Mele is getting every kind of help from his womenfolk. The day he got a telegram from the American League notifying him that he had been fined $500 for a set-to with umpire Bill Valentine, Mrs. Mele observed complacently that, with the $500 she had won on a quiz show earlier this season, they had just broken even between the two of them. Then she volunteered to go on television again. About the same time, Mrs. Anthony Mele, 73-year-old mother of Sabath Anthony, was explaining to reporters why she is rooting for the Twins to win the pennant rather than the White Sox, coached by her brother, Tony Cuccinello. “Sam’s family needs the money more,” she said. But Mele’s wife retained the helpfulness title. The Meles are expecting, along with a World Series and a new house, a new baby in the first week of October. Mrs. Mele promised: “I’ll be with Sam at Metropolitan Stadium for the World Series if I have to have the baby on the mound.”

 

I am way behind in sharing 1965 Sporting News articles about the Twins. To try to get caught up I am just going to list them here and you can check them all out. There is a lot of good information out here and if you are interested in reviving your memories of the 1965 All-Star game then you might want to pay particular attention to the July 24 issue.

 

Sporting News July 3, 1965 P11

Sporting News July 10, 1965 P11

Sporting News July 10, 1965 P27

Sporting News July 17, 1965 P5

Sporting News July 17, 1965 P6

Sporting News July 17, 1965 P7

Sporting News July 17, 1965 P9

Sporting News July 17, 1965 P10

Sporting News July 17, 1965 P20

Sporting News July 24, 1965 P5

Sporting News July 24, 1965 P6

Sporting News July 24, 1965 P8

Sporting News July 24, 1965 P14

Sporting News July 24, 1965 P35

Sporting News July 31, 1965 P7

At the end of July the Twins found themselves in first place in the American League with a 65-37 record and had a six game lead over the Baltimore Orioles and the Cleveland Indians. After 102 games the Twins had scored 501 runs and given up 393 runs. The Twins were well on their way to winning the 1965 AL pennant.

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Twins minor league player of the week

Chris Paul 2Elizabethton (Rookie Level) outfielder Chris Paul is the Twins minor league Player of the Week. Paul, 22, who hits and throws from the right side played in six games for the E-Twins, hitting .357 (10-for-28) with three doubles, two home runs, 12 RBI and four runs scored. The 6’3″ 200 lbs. Paul was drafted by the Twins in the sixth round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of UC Berkeley and has seen action in left field, first base and third base this season.

Chris Paul promoted to Cedar Rapids

Chris Paul drafted by Minnesota Twins

Former Cal baseball player Chris Paul drafted by Twins in sixth round

Chris Paul Bio

Former ROX MVP waiting it out with the Twins

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Twins Minor League Report 08082015

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