Jose Berrios Has Arrived And It’s About Time

Do we dare? Are we allowed? Is it even possible? Guys, I’m buying. Jose Berrios has arrived and he’s here to stay. I’ve been saying for two years now — look back at any of my Twins blogs if you don’t believe me — we needed an ace, and I think now we have one in Berrios, and Ervin Santana has been pitching out of his mind so far this year before today. I didn’t watch either of the Twins games today, but looking at the highlights and the box…

Five Takeaways from the Minnesota Twins April

  The Record is Not a Fluke The first half of the season has been a pleasant surprise to many Twins fans. After finishing 2016 with the worst record in baseball, the Twins have gotten off to a good start, posting a 12-11 record through the first month of the season. While it might be easy to think this success will be short lived, there are some good indicators that would suggest that the Twins might be able to keep this up. One of the best signs is the Twins…

Welcome home, Ichiro

Ichiro

  By Micah Friez On Thursday, the Seattle Mariners unveiled the first ever statue outside of their home ballpark of Safeco Field. It’s of Ken Griffey Jr. in the middle of the sweetest swing in baseball, right in front of the house that he built. And not long from now, The Kid should have company: Ichiro Suzuki and his iconic batting stance forever enshrined in bronze. That is, of course, assuming that the living legend doesn’t play until he’s 100. But for now, Mariner fans will have to settle for his…

10 Things You May Have Missed In The MLB This Week

Just a quick 10 things I saw so far since Opening Day Sunday in Major League Baseball. 1. Twins Sweep? Woah guys. Is this team good? Sorry I titled this article “things you may have missed” and then start with the one thing that you could not have missed if you’re in any way a Twins fan. Minnesota swept the Royals this week. Last year, they finished 4-15 against them and never won two in a row. Overall, the Twins only had winning streaks of three or more four times. That…

Heyyyyooooo Twins Win

Hey guys. The Twins are 1-0, and they actually looked pretty good in all facets of the game today. They hadn’t won opening day since 2011. Lesson number one though: this team is not very good. They had one good inning and got some exception pitching from Ervin Santana, which won’t happen often. Things I am happy about: Santana allowed just one run on two hits and two walks in seven innings. His control was unreal for almost every batter. Who knows, maybe that’s on Castro behind the plate. He didn’t…

Meet Shohei Otani Japanese Baseball’s Babe Ruth

  George Herman “Babe” Ruth is without a doubt the most well-known figure in the history of baseball, even though he made his MLB debut over a century ago.  The Bambino is very well known for his power at the plate, belting a then record 714 career homeruns. Ruth also accumulated a career .690 slugging percentage, and a career OPS of 1.164, records that still stand to this day. Not only was Ruth the best hitter in the history of the game, he could have easily been one of the…

Congratulations Michael Cuddyer, Twins HoF

This photo of Michael Cuddyer and me was taken about Jan. 15, 2003 at Polaris in Roseau, Minnesota during the Twins Winter Caravan. I met Dick Bremer that day, and he asked me who my favorite player was. “Torii Hunter,” I answered, without hesitation. “Well,” he replied. “Today your favorite player is Michael Cuddyer.” To my credit, I was eight, and Mr. Cuddyer had only stepped up to the plate 143 times in a Twins uniform at that point in time. I was, and still am, a big Twins fan, but I had…