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I looked around for to see if I could find anything especially entertaining with a Mother’s Day theme but .. not so much. So Happy Mother’s Day to all those who are!
And for you Sunday morning amusement, if you haven’t seen some of the latest Twins commercials, you should – and in honor of the Willinghammer Bobblehead they put out on Friday.
On Episode 37, Cody and Eric are joined by Baseball Prospectus‘ Jason Parks to talk about the Twins Minor League system. Jason Parks has plenty to say about Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano, as well as some of the pitching prospects.
Before Jason Parks comes on to the show, Cody and Eric go through the Twins news, including the pitching performances of Kevin Correia, Mike Pelfrey and Scott Diamond; Joe Mauer’s Fenway expertise, and the explosion that is Oswaldo Arcia.
To close out the show the guys name a Listener of the Week, go Down on the Pond with Michael Tonkin, and regardless of what they’re drinking (juice?!) they take a quick tour of the biggest news stories around the league.
80 minutes of fun!
You can follow Cody on Twitter (@NoDakTwinsFan) or read his writing at NoDakTwinsFan. You can follow Paul on Twitter (@BaseballPirate) or read his writing at Puckett’s Pond. And of course, you can find me on Twitter (@ERolfPleiss) and read my writing here at Knuckleballs!
Sorry about getting this up at the last minute. Knuckleballers are busy today!
The big news in this game is Clay Buchholz and his maybe, kinda, sorta, might be cheating by having what may or may not be a foreign substance on his non-throwing arm.
|Dozier, 2B||Ellsbury, CF|
|Mauer, C||Victorino, RF|
|Willingham, LF||Pedroia, 2B|
|Morneau, 1B||Ortiz, D, DH|
|Parmelee, RF||Napoli, 1B|
|Plouffe, 3B||Nava, LF|
|Arcia, DH||Saltalamacchia, C|
|Hicks, CF||Middlebrooks, 3B|
|Florimon, SS||Drew, SS|
|_Worley, P||_Buchholz, P|
Once again, the Twins had opportunities to win this game. When you get two men on base and have your third, fourth and fifth hitters in the order coming up, it’s reasonable to expect at least one of those runners to be driven in. When all three strike out, it certainly constitutes a lost opportunity.
Brian Dozier deserves kudos for his dramatic game-tying home run, as does Anthony Swarzak for his three innings of shutout relief work. It’s a shame it all went for naught. – JC
So today, the St. Paul Saints are having their yearly try-outs in which they take all comers. Yes, it is snowing – which is why I think they postponed the activity from yesterday to today – but from what I have heard, they are going ahead today. At least the website still says that they are going today.
So if you’re dying to play professional baseball and think you have the stuff, you should head over to Midway Stadium – at least if you’re young and vigorous, right?
So here’s the thing. One of the guys who will be “auditioning” today is 60 yo Paul Risso. Yes, you read that right. He’s 6-0 years old – as in “born in 1952.”
According to the Pioneer Press story, Risso had a promising career back in college when kids normally are drafted to play professional baseball: son of Giants prospect, Albert Risso; promising right-handed pitcher from San Mateo College in California; drafted by they Pittsburgh Pirates in the sixth round; but… A torn rotator cuff ended all that in 1973 as they didn’t have the medical technology to make those diagnoses or repairs.
Mr. Risso went on with life without baseball as a civil engineer but always with the shoulder pain that had killed the baseball option – that is until about 10 years ago. For whatever reason, the shoulder had repaired itself, gotten stronger and the pain went away so… he started throwing again. He still throws a fastball around 84 miles an hour, which is nothing to sneeze at.
Risso is the oldest player ever to try out for the Saints but he’s certainly not the only “old guy” who wants to play baseball over there. And he’s NOT the oldest guy to actually play for the Saints. Other senior players include a 53 yo Knuckleballer (always a fav) named Jon Secrist and Minnie Minoso who was signed each in 1993 and 2003 with at-bats as a designated hitter so he could record professional play in 7 decades. Minoso is now 87 years old and you wonder if maybe they’ll throw him out there now that it’s 2013 to give him one more decade to make 8.
Of course, those are names none of you have ever even heard of so who else wants to play for the Saints this year? According FSN, Jose Conseco. Anyone else think it would be more entertaining to have Minoso again? At least Conseco is honest enough to admit that he is making the proposal purely for promotions’ sake – although whether it’s for his OWN promotion or the team would be hard to differentiate.
And the Saints have been known to do crazier things with players on the backside of their careers. Darryl Strawberry was attempting a legitimate comeback, which worked since he ended up back with the Yankees the next year.
So with all this attention to the Saints possible roster additions, has anyone reminded them that our dear friend, Jim Thome doesn’t have a home yet?? Now THAT would sell WAAAAAAY more tickets than Jose Conseco. Anyone have his email address??
I’m all for it! Let’s get some Old Guys Playing Baseball!
The Twins start their second series of the season against the Detroit Tigers just a single game behind MoTown in the AL Central standings. The Twins took two of three in the season opening series with Tigers despite dropping the Opening Day game against Verlander. The Twins get off a little lighter tonight facing Max Scherzer. The Twins will counter with the wildly ineffective Mike Pelfrey who is still less than one year removed from Tommy John surgery.
The Twins will need to get the bats going tonight in order to pick up a victory.
|Dozier, 2B||Jackson, A, CF|
|Mauer, C||Dirks, LF|
|Willingham, DH||Cabrera, M, 3B|
|Morneau, 1B||Fielder, 1B|
|Parmelee, RF||Martinez, V, DH|
|Plouffe, 3B||Peralta, Jh, SS|
|Arcia, LF||Avila, C|
|Hicks, CF||Infante, 2B|
|Florimon, SS||Kelly, D, RF|
|_Pelfrey, P||_Scherzer, P|
One really bad inning and it’s a loss to the Tigers. Not really much more to say about it than that. Pelfrey looked pretty good two times through the Detroit order, but that wasn’t good enough.
Again, out running around – stole my brother’s computer actually to put this up because I brought the dog over to their house for a visit with the kiddos – so I’m likely to miss the first inning while sitting in god-awful traffic.
BUT IT’S FREAKING 70+ DEGREES OUTSIDE SO I DON’T CARE ABOUT ANYTHING!
I don’t know any more about what happened in this game than what I can read in the boxscore, but what I can read there is that Oswaldo Arcia took Twitchy Joe Nathan yard in the 9th inning to pull the Twins within one run of the Rangers.
Of course, that would have been a lot cooler if someone had figured out how to score another couple of runs. – JC
From Inside MLB on Facebook:
This is a BRILLIANT way to handle a heckling fan – BIG props to Tony Gwynn!