The 1967 AL Pennant Race – Part 45 – Kaat hurts elbow as Twins lose to Red Sox 6-4

Standings and scores of the baseball wars on September 30, 1967

Jim Kaat hurts elbow in the third inning and the Red Sox go on to a 6-4 victory and tie Twins for first place with both teams at 91-70. Meanwhile the Tigers split a DH with the Angels and are half a game back with a DH scheduled for tomorrow. The Tigers won the first game by a 5-0 score and were ahead 6-2 after seven innings but the Angels came back with 6 runs in the 8th inning and held on to beat the Bengals 8-6 and claim a split. The White Sox were eliminated yesterday.

Red Sox-Twins- Boston: Jim Kaat (rubbing ball) Twins pitcher, talks to his manager Cal Ermer after complaining about a pain in his elbow in the third inning. Listening in is Zoilo Versalles and umpire Jim Honochick. Kaat pitched two more balls and then was forced to leave the game due to the pain in his elbow. CREDIT: Getty Images

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I know that I just told you how this game with the Boston Red Sox ended up but you can still enjoy this game in its entirety by watching this video of the entire game. I hope you enjoy it, it is supposedly the oldest telecast of a complete MLB game totally in color.

Telecast of September 30, 1967 Minnesota Twins versus Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park

1967 World Series program cover that could have been.

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What a pennant race!

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Will Paul Molitor be managing the Twins next year?

It has been a heck of a year for the Minnesota Twins organization as they bounced back from a 59-103 season in 2016 to a 83-76 season todate and became the first team in MLB history to make the play-offs after losing 100 or more games.

No one saw this coming, if they said they did they are BSing you. I though they would improve to an 80-82 mark and I thought that was optimistic on my part. The team has had a heck of a season but there is still plenty of room for improvement.

The guys at the top, Derek Falvey and Thad Levine with a few minor exceptions have sat back, watched, and learned in their first year at the helm of the good ship Minnesota Twins. Yes, they did make some trades at the deadline that indicated the Twins were out of playoff contention but maybe that turned out to be a blessing in disguise as it seemed to rally the team and gave them a “we will show them” attitude.

Manager Paul Molitor found himself in a strange situation as he had just finished year two of a three-year deal when Falvey and Levine came on board with an edict from owner Jim Pohlad that Molitor stays as the Twins manager in 2017. I don’t think it was that big a deal for Falvey or Levine to have Molitor stay around for one more season as it appears that they had planned to sit back and watch in 2017 plus they had some don’t raid their previous organizations for one year stipulations they were abiding by. They sure weren’t expecting the Twins to make the playoffs in 2017 so they had to figure they could dump Molitor when the 2017 season ended with no problem. 

But now with the Twins heading for the playoffs and expectations even higher for the future, the pressure is going to be on Falvey and Levine to bring Paul Molitor back, after all, how do you fire a manager that took your team from 103 losses to the playoffs? A lot I think depends on the relationship that Falvey and Levine have with Molitor and I am not in a position to know how good or bad that relationship really is. But like everyone else, I have an opinion, and from where I stand, it seems that relationship is one of tolerance, as long as no one throws the first rock, the relationship will continue to co-exist.

The problem is that everyone in management wants to put their own people in positions that have an impact on their future employment. Who wants to stake their future on someone who you didn’t select for the job in the first place? On the other hand, if they send Molitor packing and the team doesn’t take the next step forward, then Falvey and Levine will find themselves with the creek rising and more rain predicted.

If Falvey and Levine decide to keep Molitor they need to give him a longer term deal after forcing Molitor to manage in his least year of a three-year contract. At least that is what I would ask for if I was Molitor. Having said, that I recently read a book by Ron Simon who was Molitor’s agent when he was a player and he stated in his book that Molitor was a very easy-going individual who was not necessarily all that confident in his ability (at least outwardly) and preferred to avoid conflict. 

So what will happen? Falvey and Levine find themselves in a damned if they do and damned if they don’t situation and we will just have to see what they do. It will be much easier to keep Molitor at the helm than it will be to fire him, that will tell us a lot about what these guys are made of. This duo has said all along that the number of wins will not be the decision maker but when it comes right down to it, what is more important than win and losses? Don’t they play this game to win?

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Accordind to ELIAS – First 6,000-homer season in MLB history

First 6,000-homer season in MLB history

Alan Busenitz

The 6,000-home run mark was reached for the first time in any major-league season when Roberto Perez homered off Twins pitcher Alan Busenitz for the Indians in the seventh inning of their 5–2 win against the Twins yesterday afternoon. Major League Baseball’s first season with 1,000 or more home runs was 1922. The subsequent milestones were reached first in 1950 (2,000 home runs), 1962 (3,000), 1987 (4,000) and 1998 (5,000).

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The 1967 AL Pennant Race – Part 44 – And now there are three left

Standings and scores of the baseball wars on September 29, 1967

The Washington Senators and Phil Ortega shutout the White Sox and Tommy John 1-0 and eliminated the Mighty Whitey’s from post season play. In Detroit it was too cold for the Tigers to play the Angels. After being rained out the day before, the two teams have double-headers scheduled for both days this week-end.  The Twins had a rare Thursday and Friday back-to-back days off before going to Boston to play the Red Sox over the week-end. 

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What a pennant race!

1967 Twins phantom World Series tickets. The Twins should have been there, damn Red Sox.

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Twins clinch their first ever wild card spot

Joe Mauer and Max Kepler celebrate. Courtesy of Dustin Morse

After losing at Cleveland to the Indians 4-2, the Twins retreated to the clubhouse to watch the Angels play the White Sox in Chicago because an Angels loss and the Twins could celebrate their first playoff appearance since 2010 which seems, oh so long ago. The Mighty Whities came through for Minnesota with a extra-inning walk-off 6-4 win as the Angels fifth reliever of the night Blake Parker gave up a two-run walk-off home run to outfielder Nick Delmonico. The corks were popped and the Twins celebrated getting into the 2017 MLB playoffs.

What I find interesting is that while the 2017 Minnesota Twins fought for a wild card that no one mentioned that the Minnesota Twins have never been a wild card participant. All of their previous eleven forays into the playoffs have been as winners of their division.

Their appearance in this years playoffs will be extra special because they will be the first team in MLB history to lose 100 games (103 to be specific) in the previous season and see playoff action the next year. Even stranger when you consider that the Twins did this with a new Chief of Baseball Operations, a new GM but a returning manager in Paul Molitor, not many managers survive to return after losing 103 games.

The team has four games to play, one more this afternoon in Cleveland against the first place Indians and then they fly home to finish off the season with three home games against the Detroit Tigers.

The Twins current record stands at 83-75 with four games to play. It will be interesting to see how the Twins do in their last four games as the World Champion Twins won just 85 games in 1987.

So congratulations to the Minnesota Twins and good luck in the playoffs! A victory over those hated New York Yankees in Gotham (assuming the Red Sox hold on to win the division) would be OH SO SWEET! In a one game series anything can happen.

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The 1967 AL Pennant Race – Part 43 – No AL action today

Standings and scores of the baseball wars on September 28, 1967

The Tigers were rained out and the Twins, and the Red and White Sox were idle. 

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What a pennant race!

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Major League Debuts as Minnesota Twins – Felton

Our final major league debut as a Minnesota Twin took place on September 28th.

Terry Felton (P) – September 28, 1979 – Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 2nd round of the 1976 amateur draft. Felton debuted in relief at Met Stadium pitching 2 scoreless/hit-less innings while striking out one batter in a Milwaukee Brewers 10-1 laugher over our Minnesota Twins.

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The 1967 AL Pennant Race – 42 – Twins & Red Sox lose, Wsox lose two

Standings and scores of the baseball wars on September 27, 1967

The Twins lose to the Angels 5-1 as Dean Chance gives up four runs in the top of the fourth inning. The Twins used 22 players and get 9 hits but could only score once. 

The Red Sox get shutout 6-0 and the White Sox lose a DH to the KC A’s 5-2 and 4-0. The Tigers were idle. The Twins are alone on top with a full game lead on the Tigers and the Sox and are up 1.5 games on the Mighty Whitey’s. What a pennant race!

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Major League Debuts as Minnesota Twins – Kepler

Major League debuts wearing a Twins uniform on September 27th.

Max Kepler (OF) – September 27, 2015 – Signed by the Minnesota Twins as an amateur free agent on July 11, 2009. Kepler debuted at Comerica Park as a pinch-hitter for Torii Hunter and struck out in his only PA in this Twins 7-1 taming of the Tigers.

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The 1967 AL Pennant Race – Part 41 – Twins WIN! Up one game on the Sox

Standings and scores of the baseball wars on September 26, 1967

The Twins beat the Angels 7-3 at the Met as Jim Kaat goes the distance for win number 16 and Harmon Killebrew hits two home runs and Bob Allison one.

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The Tigers beat the Yankees 1-0 as the Red Sox lose to the Indians 6-3. The White Sox sat back and watched the action. The Twins are alone on top with a full game lead on the White Sox and the Red Sox, and are up 1.5 games on the Tigers. What a pennant race!

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