Recent content from Patrick Reusse
Five years ago, Eddie was serving a suspension and Wilin was a starting catcher in the majors. Now Eddie might be the best player on the Twins while Wilin is trying to stick with them.
Jim Essian hit 33 home runs in a 12-year big-league career with five teams. He hit four of those for the White Sox between June 24 and July 3, 1977, against the Twins
The Twins made three significant trades by the July 31 deadline last summer, and by one account the team "did well" in the players acquired.
For some, back-in-my-day is far enough back to remember when pompous bureaucrats and school administrators were devoted enemies of talent development.
There's much less tanking in baseball than in the NBA and NFL. And when things go awry around the diamond, we're outraged.
There are few opposing managers that could show up at a opponents' ballpark and require only a nickname to be identified. Ron Gardenhire coming to Fort Myers is in that group.
Based on former baseball boss Terry Ryan's 2-to-8 (best) scale for assessing talent, here were the other top candidates when making the Astudillo assessment.
It's an uneasy mix that raised some eyebrows among those at Twins camp.
Since 2015, Jeff Vinik's Lightning has been in the Stanley Cup Final, in the conference finals in two other seasons, and currently is the runaway leader as the NHL's most dominant team.
When Tampa Bay lights the lamp, former Twins pitcher Phil Hughes can't help but smile.