Hello Twins Fans. here’s a summary of what was talked about on tonight’s show. My dad and I talked about how the club has done so far during spring training. We also discussed the Baltimore Orioles interest in Ervin Santana and how some of these free agents are actually hurt by the rule where the team that signs them has to give up a draft pick. We also touched on the Minnesota Gophers and Minnesota Timberwolves basketball teams.
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hello Twins fans. Here’s a summary of what was talked about on the show tonight.
My dad and I previewed the roster. We discuss open roster spots such as fifth starter, backup catcher, shortstop, and outfield. I also predicted how well the Twins wil do this year. If you’d like to listen to the show, you can find it at the following link http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-troy-larson-show/2014/02/25/troys-twins-chat
The centerfield spot is up for grabs this spring and the Twins will give Aaron Hicks every opportunity to be the starting centerfielder come opening day. the future centerfielder is slated to be Byron Buxton with Hicks moving to left. The Twins however don’t want to start Buxton’s service time in the majors if they don’t have to. With that said, Buxton could be the key factor to help determine if Aaron Hicks stays with the Twins come opening day and if Hicks stays up with the big club this season.
Last Spring, Hicks hit well in 73 Spring Training at bats. he hit .370/.407/.644 with6 doubles, a triple and 4 RBIs. When the regular season opened, Hicks’s hitting was a different story. In 281 at bats, he batted .192/.259/.338 with 8 homeruns, 27 RBIs and 37 runs scored. He fanned 84 times and had 22 bases on balls.
Although there weren’t a lot of high moments during the 2013 campaign for the rookie, Hicks’s most memorable game came against the Chicago White Sox. He hit two homeruns and also made an outstanding catch.
Meanwhile, Buxton was advancing up the ladder in the minors. He started the season at Cedar Rapids where he hit .341/.431/.559 with 15 doubles, 10 triples and 8 home runs. He scored 68 runs while driving in 55. He stole 32 bases.
This performance earned him a promotion to Fort Meyers where he batted .326/.415/.472 with 4 doubles, 8 triples and 4 homeruns. He drove in 22 runs while scoring 41. He stole 23 bases.
This season, Buxton will probably be at New Britain barring some miracle where he’d be on the Twins to start the season. However, I think that if Hicks has a terrible spring and the other candidates to play in center come opening day this season such as Alex Presley and Darin Mastroianni have injuries, I wouldn’t be surprised that Buxton would be the opening day centerfielder.
However, I think it’s more realistic to think that Presley or Mastroianni will be patrolling center if Hicks doesn’t do well. If this is the case or if Hicks struggles while playing at the major league level, the call up for Buxton to the majors will happen sooner than later. As for now, the Twins will give Hicks every opportunity to play with the big league club come opening day.
Hello Twins fans! Well, the Twins season is a couple of months away. I thought I’d share some of the highlights from my experience at Twins Fest atTarget Field yesterday. It was certainly a different experience from the years past at the Metrodome. Also, I think this is probably the best opportunity to experience certain parts of the ball park that fans normally wouldn’t go to during game days.
To start with, dad and I didn’t get there till after three o’clock since we had some other commitment. Normally, dad and I go in the morning on Saturdays. We spent the first forty minutes or so hanging out in the Legend’s Club listening to the Twins Fest coverage on 96.3 KTWN. By the way, if you find Legend’s Club tickets on Stub Hub for $20, I’d do that for any Twins game. The tickets are normally $68. That way, you’ve a place to go when it rains. Then, the real highlights began. Dad and I started walking around. Next thing we know, a lady ushered us towards the press box.
The press box has several doors to the various radio and tv booths along with the booths for the general managers of the Twins and visiting teams. The one thing I was surprised about was tat there were braille signs on each one of the doors. And for the Twins radio booth, the sign actually said, “John Gordon Radio Booth.” Funny thing is, I find it hard that the numbers for the different booths were decimals. Even some of the signs I read on the service level had a decimal for a number.
Now, we’ll move on to some of the other highlights. Dad and I went outsid eto the concourse. It was sure quiet out there. We didn’t really have an actual plan in mind although we’d eventually make our way to where the Twins clubhouse was. When we came to an elevator, we were thinking of going up to check out the party deck that we’d heard about.
Plans however changed when we got on the elevator. Dad asked a gentleman if we could go up to the party deck. We couldn’t, but round up on the service level.
On the service level, there were several Twins offices and also the champions Club which is for the really expensive tickets. This is also where the Twins clubhouse and manager’s office were. We had to wait in line to get to tour the clubhouse, but the wait wasn’t long.
First thing we checked out was the manager’s office. I’d say that it’s like most offices except that there was a podium along with some scorecards on the walls for various games in Ron Gardenhire’s career. Then we came to the clubhouse.
The clubhouse I’d describe as an upscale locker room. Instead of lockers on either side, there were cubicles for the players. In the center were some coutches and chairs. Also, there’s a training room and a snack room as well.
Dad and I didn’t do much after we toured the clubhouse. We went back to the Legend’s Club and listen to members of the Twins radio and television teams talk Twins baseball and didn’t leave till quarter of six. I’d say that if you want to go to something where you have increased access to the ball park, Twins Fest is the way to go provide it they have it a Target Field next year. I wouldn’t be surprised if they move it to the new Vikings stadium come 2017. For one thing, There aren’t a lot of things for little kids. Plus, they had to put a limit on how many fans could come. Having Twins Fest at the new Vikings stadium will allow for more activities and more fans to come.
However, I’d say that this was an unique Twins Fest this year. I got to go to some of the other areas of the ball park. One thingI will say is it was sure weird not having a game going on at Target Field. But, it won’t be long till Spring Training starts. And once that happens, that means that the Twins season is not far off.
Last week, the inductees were announced for the Baseball Hall of Fame. They were Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine along with Frank Thomas. Along with these players, managers Bobby Cox, Tony Larussa and Joe Torre were inducted by the veterans committee.
One player who deserves to be in the Hall Of Fame is Jack Morris. This year, he received 61.5 percent of the vote by the Baseball Writers Association of America, falling short of the 75 percent needed to be inducted. Last year, Morris received 67.7 percent of the vote, which was the highest vote total Morris had received.
Morris, who finished his career with a 254-186 career record, would have the highest ERA of any pitchers in the Hall of Fame at 3.90. His next opportunity to be elected into the Hall Of Fame is in 2017 by the Veterans Committee. Now, what I really want to discuss is some of the other pitchers that have been inducted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame by the veterans committee.
Jim Bunning pitched from 1955-1971 in the Majors, ending up with a win loss record of 224-184. Inducted into the Hall Of Fame by Veterans Committee in 1996, Bunning did not pitch in a World Series. He only won 20 games once and has a lower career ERA than Jack Morris at 3.27. He walked exactly 1000 batters in his career compared with 1390 walks by Morris.
Bunning fanned 2855 batters compared with Morris’s total of 2478. Bunning struck out 200 or more batters in 6 seasons to Morris’s 200 or more strikeouts in 3 seasons.
Jesse Haines is another pitcher who was voted in by the Veterans Committee. Inducted in 1970 , Haines pitched for 17 seasons in the Majors, most of which were with the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1920′s and 30′s. He didn’t strike out has many hitters as Morris with 971, with only 871 bases on balls. He would finish his carreer with a win loss record of 210-158 and would have a career ERA of 3.64. Like Morris, Haines would win 20 or more games in three seasons.
Waite Hoyt was inducted into the Hall Of Fame in 1969. He pitched most of his career in the 20′s and 30′s, winning three World Series with the New York Yankees in the 1920′s. His Career record was 237-182 with a career ERA of 3.55. He won 20 games twice in a season. he had 1003 bases on balls and 1206 strikeouts.
Burleigh Grimes was another pitcher who was inducted into the Hall Of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1964. He pitched in the Major Leagues from 1916-1934. He would finish with a career record of 270-212 with a career ERA of 3.53. he would win 20 or more games in a season 5 times. he walked 1295 batters in his career while striking out 1512. Six seasons he had 100 or more strikeouts compared to Morris who had 15 seasons with 100 or more strikeouts.
Hello Twins fans and it’s another season upon us! tomorrow, some of you fans and players alike will be braving the cold at Target Field. I wonder if they will postpone the game because the weather forecast is expected to be in the 30′s with windchills in the 20′s.
Wel, to tell you the truth, it doesn’t feel like baseball weather here in Minnesota. Although Target Field is cleared of snow, there’s still snow on the ground. Also, it’s hardly even cracked into the 50′s, something that usually happens at this time of year. To put it simply, it still feels like winter, providing for an interesting atmosphere at Target Field. I thought I’d have a little fun here thinking about what the atmosphere will be like. Not all of my ideas will happen, but it’s still fun to predict what it will be like.
At least a couple of generations of Twins fans have never experienced opening day where it’s in the 30′s with snow still on the ground and you’re outside. There have been opening days where it was cold and snowing outside, but the Twins were under the tafflon roof at the Metrodome for 29 seasons. So, here are some ideas of what I think opening day should be like tomorrow although I doubt if all of them will happen.
Most of you have heard of the recent creation of the homer blankie. Well, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear of people bringing a sleeping bag to the park to stay warm in. Or how about wearing a snowmobile suit. Fans will be wearing plenty of layers that for sure.
The next thing I can see happening is the beer vendors standing out in the cold with limited sales. They wonder if they should have stayed home and not have bothered showing up to work. And oh yeah, this cold weather will stimulate sales for hot drinks like coffee and hot chocolate. Minus the sale of the hot beverages, the concession sales Will be as slow as a turtle.
Now, here’s something which I doubt will happen. The Twins should play Christmas Carols between innings. That’s what it feels like to me outside. It feels like it’s still winter and that it should be Christmas season.
Usually when I think of opening day, I think of it being at least in the fifties and at the very least, very little snow. Now don’t think that I’m not looking forward to the Twins season starting. However, when it still feels a bit like winter with some snow on the ground, it doesn’t exactly feel like baseball weather.
Moreover, Major League baseball shouldn’t have had the Twins open there home season this early since they play outside in a northern state where there’s still a chance that the weather could still feel like winter. Luckily it’s not snowing or it would really not be good. Although I’m not actually going to the game, the current weather doesn’t feel like that the baseball season’s here yet.