Teary retirement press conferences are almost a cliché, but the rawness of this from someone so soft-spoken and stoic was something else. Mauer being Mauer, he even apologized to anyone he forgot to thank, promising to make up for it privately in the coming weeks.
“This struggle was very hard for me,” Diggins said. “It made me feel awesome to be able to overcome my eating disorder and succeed as an athlete.”
Baldelli knows where he stands. He lacks Molitor’s Hall of Fame playing resume. He doesn’t expect instant credibility.
As demographic changes transform the student makeup of many classrooms around the state, they have also impacted the state’s high school sports scene.
From this day forward, the garbage scow commonly known as the Minnesota Twins belongs to Derek Falvey and Thad Levine.
In the top of the 9th inning, with no one on the field except the umpires, Mauer emerged from the Twins dugout in his old catching gear. Mauer had to be talked into this final gesture, which his father suggested to his wife about a month ago.
If this is it for Mauer, he’s going out strong.
Usually a “curse” is nothing more sinister than a bunch of bad decisions, compounded by more bad decisions. That’s where we are, finishing a week of tumult from two Minnesota franchises known for it.
We look at the latest data on what Minnesota’s student athletes are up to.
In the crazy history of the independent Saints — formed in 1993 and still yucking it up after all these years — no one has managed the club longer than Tsamis.
Bethel’s run of 24 consecutive non-losing seasons is the longest active streak in the MIAC.
The league has changed, with a greater emphasis on 3-point shooting, and the Lynx need to adapt to stay relevant.
It’s hard to imagine Mauer in another uniform. But with Brian Dozier and Eduardo Escobar gone, would the Twins retain a .276-hitting first baseman who hasn’t come close to 20 homers since his 2009 MVP season?
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Though today’s Major League players are bigger, faster and more skilled than their predecessors, the sport itself has regressed. Games take too long. Batters take too many pitches, and pitchers take an eternity to deliver them.
An average of 500 fans attend each Wind Chill game.
Affluent families may shell out $4,000-$6,000 a year for club fees, a sum out of reach for many.
More and more organizations understand that drafting a pitcher is like buying a used car: You can never be sure what you’re getting.
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Among Lynx fans, a nagging fear persists that their beloved team may be nearing the end of its championship run.