Correa gives the Twins something they haven’t had in a long time: someone who anticipates and sees things other players and managers don’t.
With the Minneapolis Lakers’ last game in 1960 came the end of city branding in our state. Out were the names Minneapolis and St. Paul, and in came teams with a statewide moniker: the Twins, Vikings, Timberwolves, and Wild.
As long as he’s here, it’s clear Correa wants to make an impact, and not just with his bat and glove.
With a deal finalized to make the St. Paul Saints the Minnesota Twins’ AAA affiliate, Twins president Dave St. Peter and principal owner Jim Pohlad insist they want the Saints to remain what they are: the most irreverent franchise in baseball.
Twins officials have hinted at a much more active winter. Expect the team to re-sign Jake Odorizzi and possibly Michael Pineda, then go hunting for starting pitching.
MLB still hasn’t announced how the roster expansion and other proposed changes for 2020 are supposed to work. “We haven’t gotten clarification,” Indians manager Terry Francona said last weekend at Target Field. “It’s very vague.”
With the Twins squandering a 11 1/2 game lead in the AL Central, none of their relievers inspiring any confidence, and fear persisting that the Twins will blow the division to Cleveland, fans have welcomed whatever help the Twins can get.
After the former Twin tested positive for an oral steroid in 2016, those skeptical of his heartwarming story jumped into full I-told-you-so mode. But the odd circumstances of Colabello’s case suggest it may merit a closer look.
It’s no revelation that the Twins seek bullpen help. So do nineteen other teams that fancy themselves postseason contenders. Losing two of three to Yankees to finish a 3-6 homestand exacerbated the need.
Manager Rocco Baldelli’s efforts are noble. But noble efforts sometimes fail. And in this one, baseball’s unrelenting schedule remains the winner and still champion.
It’s hard enough to take over for a popular player like Mauer, whose number will be retired Saturday night. It’s even harder to upgrade the position in the process.
Two months into the season, the Twins own the best record in baseball, a huge lead in the American League Central, and more home runs than any other club. And yet …
If the Twins are to contend, they need everything Buxton can give them, things he provided in flashes over parts of four injury-plagued seasons.
As much as anything, lengthy breaks between half-innings — MLB’s concession to television to squeeze in more commercials — created this mess.
Twins Executive Vice President and Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey is careful not to crow about the team’s investment in technology and analytics, since it merely brings the Twins in line with industry standard.
Marney Gellner has just finished a stretch of shattering glass ceilings for FSN. And Channel 45 has enlisted WCCO-AM newscaster Sloane Martin to call boys Minnesota high school hockey tournament games, making her the first female play-by-play voice in the tournament’s 75 years.
You can only sell a Minnesotan hope so many times before they tune you out and shut the door in your face. That door may be shutting on the Twins.
From this day forward, the garbage scow commonly known as the Minnesota Twins belongs to Derek Falvey and Thad Levine.
The team’s decision to return to its longtime former broadcast partner is about strategic timing and short-term needs.
The question isn’t whether Molitor deserves to be back as manager next year. The question is whether his bosses, Derek Falvey and Thad Levine, dare fire him if the Twins make the playoffs this year.