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Joe Maddon has opted out of his Tampa Bay Rays contract

maddon

The Minnesota Twins need to make this happen NOW.

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The Twins retirement gift to Mariano Rivera

Last night, the Minnesota Twins gave retiring Yankee pitcher Mariano Rivera a rocking chair made with bats he has broken over his career.

mariano rivera rocking chair

Cool gesture, but I still hate the Yankees.

Pictures from Joe Mauer’s wedding

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Joe Mauer got married over the weekend to his girlfriend Maddie. Congratulations Joe.

Here’s a link to Dustin Morse’s Instagram. Also in attendace at Joe and Maddie’s wedding were current teammates Brian Duensing and Glen Perkins, and former teammates Jesse Crain and Orlando Hudson.
http://instagram.com/morsecode

Thanks for sending David K.

Cool Minnesota Twins gifts here.

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Joe Mauer’s wedding gift registry

Joe Mauer’s wedding gift registry

Maddie Bisanz

Source: Larry Brown Sports is 99% sure this is Maddie in the picture above.

Joe Mauer got engaged over the weekend, and rumor has it that he tore several ligaments when he got down on one knee to propose. The Twins catcher, proposed to fellow Cretin-Derham Hall graduate Maddie Bisanz who is a nurse, so I’m sure he’s in good hands.

So what do you get a baseball player with a $184 million contract? Here are some things that might be on his gift registry.

  • A pair of gold-plated crutches
  • Bilateral leg weakness cream
  • Clairol sideburn hair color
  • A diamond encrusted Medical ID Alert Bracelet
  • Drew Butera (to walk down the isle on the big day if Mauer isn’t 100% after the rehearsal dinner)
  • Steroid infused wedding cake 
  • Abbott & Costello’s Who’s on First DVD  
  • A wedding band designed to look like a World Series Ring
  • The classic game “Operation” by Hasbro
  • A “get well soon card”
  • A travel sized x-ray machine

All kidding aside, Minnesotans are happy for you Joe. Hope you can make it past first base on your wedding night.

Shop Twins and Mauer gear here.

What else do you think is on his registry?

Bill Smith gets his walking papers

Bill Smith

Photo source: Bruce Kluckhohn

Terry Ryan is returning to the role of Twins GM, the team announced today. Ryan, who has an interim tag on his title this time, replaces Bill Smith. Said owner Jim Pohlad in a statement:

Here is a timeline of terrible moves made by Mr. Smith. Welcome back Terry Ryan. These trades reposted from smithysports.

2007
November 28th – Twins trade starting pitcher Matt Garza , starting shortstop Jason Bartlett and some no name minor league pitcher who has yet to make it to the Big Leagues for Outfielder Delmon Young and in-fielder Brendan Harris.

2008
January 29th – Trade starting pitcher and Cy Young award winning to the Mets for Center Fielder Carlos Gomez and a bunch of no name prospects that are closer to making the Big leagues than Paris Hilton is to practicing abstinence. This is one of the worst trades ever, especially when you consider the Twins could have traded Johan to the Red Sox for Jacoby Ellsburry and some prospects. Bill Smith should be getting more flak for this move than Kahn has for any of his moves
February 12th – Signed Livan Hernandez to a one year deal. This was the first of many moves by Smith making us a team that gets knocked out of the first round.
December 11th – agreed to terms with Nick Punto on a two-year club option.

2009
July 31st – Get Orlando Cabrera for less than half season to make the playoffs and then quickly get ousted in the first round again. We then let him go.
August 28th – traded pitcher Phil Humber for Jon Rauch.
November 6th – traded CF Carlos Gomez to Brewers for SS JJ Hardy, who due to injuries in his first season with the Twins, understandably, played poorly. So what do we do? Get rid and let him go to Orioles where he now has 23 Home runs and batting average of .270. Really Bill Smith?

2010
July 29th – We trade catcher Wilson Ramos for closer Matt Capps.
December 17th – Signed Japanese baseball player Tsuyoshi Nishioka to a three-year contract worth 10 million dollars. But when you consider the Twins paid Nishioka 5 million dollars just to negotiate with they are ending up paying this guy 15 million dollars.

2011
August 15th – Twins trade Delmon Young to the Tigers for two no name, no good minor league pitchers.

Audio of new Twins broadcaster Cory Provus

Scott Paulus, avclub.com photo

Scott Paulus, avclub.com photo

The Minnesota Twins announced their new play-by-play guy will be Cory Provus. Actual game calling sample can be found here. How does everyone feel about this move? I think he’ll make it sound interesting when Trevor Plouffe boots a ball and then airmails it over the first basemen next spring.

Twins position players who have pitched

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) (Tony Gutierrez)

Michael Cuddyer moved from right field to the mound to pitch the eighth for the Twins last night. Cuddyer gave up a double to Napoli, a bloop single to Mitch Moreland, and walked Kinsler with one out to load the bases. He did get out of the inning after retiring Elvis Andrus on a fly ball and David Murphy on a pop-up for a scoreless inning.

The last Twins position player to pitch was outfielder John Moses against California on July 31, 1990. Moses actually pitched twice in 1990, each time in a loss.

Twins position players who pitched: Julio Becquer (10 Sept 1961), César Tovar, Dan Gladden (27 June 1988 and 7 May 1989, both Fred Toliver losses), John Moses, and now Cuddyer.
(via The WGOM)

I’ve been thinking (Chapter 1)…

I’ve been thinking…

1991 Twins

Could the Minnesota Twins go from worst to first like they did in 1991?

How can politicians and business leaders from around the world meet in secrecy at a Swiss resort this past weekend and it not be covered by the mainstream media? See leaked Bilderberg list.

gay rights

Do supporters of gay marriage in Minnesota realize that boycotting the Basillica Block Party would only take away money from the homeless?

If home daycare providers form a union and decide to go on strike, who would they bargain with? They are self-employed! (news story)

Bruins fan allegedly stabbed in neck during riot

I am seriously considering not wearing a team jersey if I am watching a sporting event in a different city. With Bruins fans being stabbed in Vancouver and Giants fans being beaten in Los Angeles, I think I’ll dress a little more inconspicuously.

Goodbye Mr. Killebrew

harmon killebrew

Source: AP

I wasn’t alive when Harmon Killebrew played baseball. I know what he meant to the game and to Twins fans across Minnesota though. Today the Minnesota Twins announced Twins great Harmon Killebrew has entered hospice care.

**UPDATE 5/17: Mr. Killebrew has died of cancer at the age of 74. So sad…

“I am very comfortable taking this next step and experiencing the compassionate care that hospice provides,” said Killebrew. “I am comforted by the fact that I am surrounded by my family and friends. I thank you for the outpouring of concern, prayers and encouragement that you have shown me. I look forward to spending my final days in comfort and peace with Nita by my side.”

May God be with you and bless you Mr. Killebrew.

Killer Facts:
 – Harmon Killebrew ranks #11 among the Top 50 all-time at 1B.
Harmon “Killer” Killebrew hit more home runs than any other right-handed batter in American League history.
- Signed originally as a bonus baby, Killebrew rusted on the Senators’ bench for five years from the age 18-22, before getting a chance to prove his power.
- He immediately slammed 42 homers in his first full season, the first of eight times he would reach the 40-mark.
- He retired with 573 homers, more than 2,000 hits, 1,500 RBI and 1,500 walks.
- He ranks 5th in the category of “Most times walked intentionally with no one on base.”
- Killebrew exhibited a calm demeanor and professional attitude. He was never, not even once, ejected from a game.
- Killebrew reportedly hit several balls over 500 feet, and is credited with one of the longest home runs in Tiger Stadium history (May 2, 1964), as well as one of the longest blasts in Minnesota’s Metropolitan Stadium… Hit three homers in September 21, 1963 in the first game of a doubleheader.
(via The Baseball Page)