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Blaze of Orange

October 31, 2014 4:28 PM

Whatever you think of the final disposition, the 2014 season went out in a memorable blaze of orange. Best game of the year? You could make that argument. Even if not the best, second likely to another which took place in the past three weeks. This was not the year to wonder why it's called the Fall Classic.

The Royals may have been my team, but Madison Bumgarner is more likely to stick in my memory as the details of this World Series fade into the mists. I'm confident that his performance has become fixed for all time, right next to Sandy Koufax and Jack Morris and the handful of other pitchers who make you think, "This game is so over."

Prior to the game, I said to anyone in my household who could listen (whether they were or not), "When Bumgarner comes in this game, the Royals are done scoring. They better have the lead at that point, or they can forget about the champagne." I suspect that there were many others expressing such sentiments around TVs during the game. You could just smell it in this postseason air.

There are so many great stories on both teams. And as happens every post-season, a new group of names has been permanently etched on the stone tablets of my baseball memory: Pablo Sandoval, Joe Panik, Jarrod Dyson, Nori Aoki, Hunter Pence, Salvador Perez, Billy Butler. Well, I should probably put "permanently" in quotes because, as we all know, it takes a lot to make such etching actually permanent. Josh Beckett got etched back in 2003, but I'd be hard-pressed to name anyone else on that World Series Champion Marlins team. Such is the nature of post-season fame. In the hometowns, more names will be remembered, but the rest will fade into "I think I remember that guy" territory.

Late in the game, the cameras lingered on Bumgarner in the dugout, waiting patiently for his chance to go out and restore the quiet. At moments like this, especially when rooting for the opposing team, I long for the National League rules. No player should be able to sit quietly in the dugout without the potential of being handed a bat as his team makes its way through the order.

But his face was so calm, and his gaze fixed so intently on some unknown spot at Kauffman Stadium. Was it the pitcher's mound? No, he seemed to be looking farther than that. The foul pole? Sweet Baby Ray's Barbeque stand? No, even further.

The third base dugout in Kansas City faces east, and whether he knew it or not, he was looking toward Cooperstown. If there had been a thought bubble over his head, it probably would/should have read, "Of course I'm going back out there. I'm F-ing Jack Morris."

The other day I wrote that I'd prepared a consolation speech for a first grader who was taking it all pretty seriously. I've realized today that his team selection wasn't quite as arbitrary as I first thought. I'd forgotten that I brought back a souvenir from the Giants ballpark which has become part of his summer identity.

That particular speech has been filed away.

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During the game I recalled the story of Tom Kelly telling Jack Morris in the bottom of the 9th that he wouldn't be going out for the 10th. Jack is said to have told TK words to the effect of "I'm pitching!". TK said "What the hell, it's just a game" and acquiesced.

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 11:56 PM by jorge Highlight this comment 1

I vaguely remember that, yes...lol.
"It's just a game". Priceless.

Posted on November 1, 2014 at 07:27 AM by luke Highlight this comment 2

Molitor expected to be next Twins manager
Surprised there has been zero discussion on BPM this weekend about this.

Posted on November 2, 2014 at 09:42 AM by luke Highlight this comment 3

There hasn't been any discussion of the sun rising in the east either.

Posted on November 2, 2014 at 10:29 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 4

Moilitor's been manager-in-waiting since he was beat out by Gardy for the job in 2002. I don't see how the Twins could do anything else now.

In that way, it's a little like the Mauer contract. Here's hoping this one turns out a little better...

Posted on November 2, 2014 at 2:12 PM by Rick 5

I've watched Molitor work with the young players at spring training for several years. He is not just a big name HOFer, he is a coach and teacher.

Posted on November 2, 2014 at 7:29 PM by terry Highlight this comment 6

But is he a manager?

Posted on November 3, 2014 at 10:45 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 7

Twins Pinstripes, Begone! Gold trim will now be on the wordmark on the front of the uni. I like it! It was time for a revamp. See Link. It looks like the unveiling will be next week.

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 09:43 AM by DeePee Highlight this comment 8

It's true. Here's a link on the uni change from sportslogos dot net

TTH

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 11:56 AM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 9

guess I just relinked what DeePee did.

Glad they are changing it up. Pinstripes had to go. #nottheyankees

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 11:57 AM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 10

Oh please tell me they are not going back to the pajama look of the '70's, a decade whose fashion sense is symbolized by the leisure suit.

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 12:11 PM by terry Highlight this comment 11

Hmm...I don't know how I feel about it.
pinstripes seem to be "baseball". Pinstripes look strange and out of place on other jerseys, i.e. NBA jerseys (i don't think the NFL or NHL has ever had pinstripes). They just looks natural on MLB jerseys.

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 1:00 PM by luke Highlight this comment 12

The pinstripes will be back someday. It's the normal ebb and flow of sports uniforms, especially in baseball: wear it for a while, dabble in some retros from time to time to see how everyone reacts, bring it back if they like it, put it on the "occasional use only" retro shelf if they don't.

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 1:12 PM by DeePee Highlight this comment 13

Is anyone else concerned about the gold as the border of the wordmark?
I am concerned for one reason: Alex from Target (the newest Internet meme).
Don't follow?
Sounds like the "Target"ization of the Twins wordmark.
Am I reading too much into that??

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 3:50 PM by luke Highlight this comment 14

Yes

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 4:46 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 15

^ The yes is for reading too much into it.

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 5:22 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 16

You're probably right. It was a fleeting thought after a long day.

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 5:37 PM by luke Highlight this comment 17

I wish they would go back to the road jerseys they had in early 00's with MINNESOTA in block letters (sorta 49er's look) across he front w/ the Mnnie/Paul outfield logo patch on one sleeve and the admittedly boring logo w/ baseball w/ team name (ala Padres. Giants) on the other. I like the Minny/Paul in MN outline patch and add the TC logo on the other shoulder and get away from looking like the Indians road greys. I dont like the MN in script w/ the ribbon underneath. I went to St Cloud State and for awhile they got rid of their tradional logo and went that route to. Then moved it back for most part. Its just boring. Keep it simple but classy. I like the Red Sox rad unis if they insist on keeping grey.

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 6:19 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 18

New jerseys represent a nice way to make up for some lost revenue, as well.

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 6:34 PM by jctwins Highlight this comment 19

If the unveiling is next week, how do you know you like it?

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 10:13 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 20

Pinstripes are tacky and had to go. Not sure about the gold outline though. The updated throwbacks they wore at home during the 2009 season are the best looking jerseys I've seen. I wish they would have stuck with them.

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 10:59 PM by FD Highlight this comment 21

I don't know, I get a sinking feeling about Molitor. He's a good trainer/teacher for sure, but I'm not convinced he can lead. He gives me the vide that he doesn't like stepping on toes and is more of a mushy mushy kind of guy.

Still hoping it works out.

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 11:23 PM by Dave Highlight this comment 22

Heard Molitor being interviewed on 1500 yesterday. He talked about his dislike of players sitting out games frequently and pushing them to play nearly every day (while still getting the OCCASIONAL sit and getting some of the bench guys some time). This would be a big change but one for the better.

To me that signals that he isn't afraid to step on some toes and push players to get the most out of their abilities. Will be interesting to see how it plays out once April rolls around.

Posted on November 5, 2014 at 08:11 AM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 23

In the years leading up to the 2011-2014 meltdown, the Twins' overall record on Sundays was poorer than on other days of the week. Gardenhire played the junior varsity on Sundays (day game after night game - players might implode). Molitor ought to put a giant portrait of Cal Ripken in the clubhouse.

Posted on November 5, 2014 at 09:24 AM by terry Highlight this comment 24

No need for Ripken. They only need look at the manager. He lived it so he can preach it. He dealt with injuries so he knows what that is all about, but he is also #10 on the all time hit list. It's all about getting on the field and using your talents to the fullest.

Posted on November 5, 2014 at 09:40 AM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 25

I just wonder how those not so subtle swipes at Gardy go over in Twinsville.

Posted on November 5, 2014 at 12:19 PM by jctwins Highlight this comment 26

Brunansky is being retained, I just read. The more things change the more they stay the same.

Posted on November 6, 2014 at 11:57 AM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 27

Brunansky is the only returnee I'm comfortable with...

Posted on November 6, 2014 at 12:20 PM by Rick 28

Oswaldo Arcia credited Bruno for helping him w/ his swing- so maybe Bruno will help.

Posted on November 6, 2014 at 1:54 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 29

Oh, is that why Arcia made the All Star team this year? Sorry, but the old regime should've been let go. They've all had their chance. What's Molly going to do that hasn't been done the Twins way? It's just been musical chairs since Scotty Ullger. Sorry, but nothing the Twins have done in the past week has given me any hope of improvement. The only hope I do have is in those minor league players, but we've heard that song and seen that dance before.

TTH

Posted on November 6, 2014 at 5:39 PM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 30

I have to agree. I'm not completely sold on Molitor being a good hire at manager. Hiring from within the organization only invites more of the same. The healing will only happen once the previous staff has been torn out root and branch. Molitor smacks of more of the same, despite what he says at press conferences. As a first-time manager, who's he going to lean on other than Terry Ryan? Ryan was the architect of the old regime. So what will change?

Posted on November 6, 2014 at 7:54 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 31

The Twins had an opportunity to hire a real manager but such was not their goal.

Posted on November 6, 2014 at 11:58 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 32

Who? Maddon? Yeah, I'd have to agree.

Posted on November 7, 2014 at 12:48 PM by luke Highlight this comment 33

Some people are starting to sound like this guy (click for link)

Posted on November 7, 2014 at 12:19 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 34

Is it really going to matter if not every person is gone? Or is Brunansky a bad or mediocre coach compared to someone else they could get? Maybe the contamination factor means everyone must go. But in that case Ryan would have to go since he has been general manager so long.

Posted on November 7, 2014 at 1:37 PM by robin Highlight this comment 35

"Maybe the contamination factor means everyone must go."

Which would, of course, include Mollitor.

Posted on November 7, 2014 at 2:40 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 36

First it’s Molitor, then Brunansky. Tomorrow, who knows who else from the old regime will be brought back? Individually, they might be terrific coaches, but collectively, they form a coaching mindset that has failed utterly for the past four years. The more of them that are brought back into the fold, the more likely it is that we’ll see more of the same. Terry Ryan had a chance to start over with an entirely new face for the coaching staff and manager, and so far all we’ve seen are old faces back again. That’s not starting over, that’s merely reshuffling the deck. It failed before, and the chances are good it’ll fail again. I’m thinking Ryan should have been the first to go.

Posted on November 7, 2014 at 3:30 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 37

Please please please get rid of Ullger and Vavra.

Posted on November 7, 2014 at 4:17 PM by gus munger Highlight this comment 38

And Anderson too, his incompetence is inexcusable.

Posted on November 7, 2014 at 7:32 PM by gus munger Highlight this comment 39

Maybe it goes beyond Ryan? I don't think the Pohlads are willing to put somebody at the GM/president role who will challenge the "Way" (in reality the business plan) because if the wallet ain't broke, don't fix it. We all know that winning is just a perk. Just get to the playoffs and the fans will come back. I am surprised the postseason hasn't expanded to 16 teams for that very reason. Bud....Bud????

TTH

Posted on November 8, 2014 at 09:05 AM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 40

Hasn't Bud now been contracted from the MLB (which would seemingly mean no more major f***-ups for the forseeable future). Thankfully it would seem Bud has nothing more to do with the decision-making process in MLB, including playoff blunders (I THINK Manfreds first official day is Jan 1)?

Posted on November 8, 2014 at 09:16 AM by luke Highlight this comment 41

It's sort of interesting how quietly Selig has departed from the game. Thank goodness we didn't have to go through an elaborate send off at every ballpark in the country.

I'm also wondering whether we'll see any change, and whether there will be any goal to improve "the game" or if the focus will continue to be on the owners.

Posted on November 8, 2014 at 4:10 PM by jctwins Highlight this comment 42

I agree on that. It's probably for the better that he's going out with little fanfare. Personally, I don't think Selig has been great during his tenure. Of course I don't know if he was as bad as say, Fay Vincent. But Selig will be remembered most, I believe, for a cancelled WS and an ASG ending in a tie (in his hometown of all places).

I do however think it was fitting that Seligs last ASG was in Minneapolis and TF. Hosted by a team that he almost eliminated from the league. Did he plan it that way? To see the Twins host an ASG in their new ballpark, then retire?? Something I've thought about.

Posted on November 8, 2014 at 4:55 PM by luke Highlight this comment 43

Bud never intended to contract the Twins or Expos. Contraction was a gigantic scam designed to threaten gullible local politicians and fans with what appeared to be a nuclear option unless new stadiums were built for each. The players association has pretty much kicked the collective behinds of MLB and the owners going back decades. The chances that they would have allowed the elimination of all those roster positions and especially the starting positions (because expanding the rosters of the other teams would not have made up for the income from those lost starting jobs) are zero. They'd have sued all concerned parties into the next galaxy while enlisting congressional and judicial support. The Twins were absolutely never in any real jeopardy nor were the Expos. As it happens, the former came alive on the field just as this charade started and got the momentum going for a new ballpark while the latter wound up in Washington.

Posted on November 9, 2014 at 11:03 AM by jorge Highlight this comment 44

twins to update jersey. Not impressed. Link post to follow soon.

Posted on November 9, 2014 at 10:10 PM by Tk Highlight this comment 45

twins jersey update. No more pinstripes and now gold trim. Click name for article. Not impressed. Too much SF influence.

Posted on November 9, 2014 at 10:09 PM by Tk Highlight this comment 46

I like the braiding around the collar and on the sleeves. Nice to get rid of the pinstripes. I wish they would have used the old cursive script, like on the cream throwbacks. Happy for the change, however.

Posted on November 9, 2014 at 11:33 PM by FD Highlight this comment 47

Yuck, just yuck!

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 12:11 AM by gus munger Highlight this comment 48

I don't know if it was just the picture...but "Twins" seemed to be in black. It reminded me of a Giants jersey ; (.

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 06:09 AM by luke Highlight this comment 49

I actually like the new Twins jersey. That pic in the Strib really doesn't do it justice. See link for bigger, clearer, picture. Clean, crisp and dare I say, regal? :P

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 08:30 AM by DeePee Highlight this comment 50

And now it's official from the Twins website.

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 10:06 AM by DeePee Highlight this comment 51

Don't care so much as what the uniform looks like. I care a lot more about who will be wearing them.

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 10:35 AM by Jfh Highlight this comment 52

I suppose they have to make the team look exciting somehow. But A better product on the field would be A better way to go.

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 11:35 AM by Leroy Highlight this comment 53

I saw this happening back in Sep. Twins need a new way to infuse cash since it wont be happening at box office as Ryan recycles his annual "we are poised to make a push for 20--(add 1-2 years from current year) but that doesnt mean we arent going to put out the best product we can this year-we will be competetive and give 100% for our deserving fans who are the best in baseball" hook, line and sinker speech we spits out every year. This new jersey will put a few extra $$$$$$$ into the Twins coffers to tide us over until next season when season long tribute of 25th anniversary of 1991 World Champions comes to play....come to think of it did were we American League Central Division Champions of 2004??? Maybe they will bring back the cast from that team to celebrate....or play for us. (ie hunter/Cuddy(

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 2:03 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 54

I saw this happening back in Sep. Twins need a new way to infuse cash since it wont be happening at box office as Ryan recycles his annual "we are poised to make a push for 20--(add 1-2 years from current year) but that doesnt mean we arent going to put out the best product we can this year-we will be competetive and give 100% for our deserving fans who are the best in baseball" hook, line and sinker speech we spits out every year. This new jersey will put a few extra $$$$$$$ into the Twins coffers to tide us over until next season when season long tribute of 25th anniversary of 1991 World Champions comes to play....come to think of it did were we American League Central Division Champions of 2004??? Maybe they will bring back the cast from that team to celebrate....or play for us. (ie hunter/Cuddy(

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 2:03 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 55

Unless I am amiss, I believe next seasons gimmick will be the 55th anniversary of the Twins here in the TC's?? 2010 was marked as the 50th.

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 3:52 PM by luke Highlight this comment 56

I believe this year they will be celebrating the 1st Anniversary of the 54th Anniversary.

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 4:02 PM by DeePee Highlight this comment 57

Gee --- lots of things to sell us. Anniversary, new manager, new coaches, new uniforms. It would be nice if they threw in competitive baseball as well.

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 5:16 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 58

I'll see you at the Saints ballpark next summer Ben. At least the prices there are on par with the quality of the product.

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 6:12 PM by j2k Highlight this comment 59

Terry Ryan press conference: "....Of course being competitive is a top priori....oh look here Dave St Peter is wearing his apron and let me turn the mic over to him to introduce some exciting new menu items as well as some really exciting promotions our marketing dept spent alot of time on such as free schedule magnet night on opening weekend, orange hunting cap night, poster night, 6 different bobblehead giveaways and unveiling of a new statue commerating TC the Bear winning the Mascot home run contest! Take it away Dave! No more questions please enjoy the leftover Pedro Florimon bobbleheads we handed out to youi "

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 6:53 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 60

Before this uniform leak, errrr, unveiling, I had the Twins going 72-90 next year. But now I'm thinking PLAYOFFS. There's no way these Midas-hued babies don't add another 20 games to the win column.

Smell 'em!

TTH

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 10:05 PM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 61

Cuddy headed to the mets so the twins wont be able to get him.

Posted on November 11, 2014 at 11:25 AM by Leroy Highlight this comment 62

Ryan is busy working on his golf gam....Ryan is busy scouting in Florida and Arizona and possibly Vegas and will wait for most of the other teams to pick through free agents and then pounce on whatever has been passed over and then have a press conference proclaiming we picked up a young arm who, although has a 6.19 ERA and 1-9 win/loss record in rookie ball, hits 96 on the radar gun. Oh sure he has some control problems but we think we can get that rectified.

Posted on November 11, 2014 at 12:34 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 63

Quick check of Twins website today shows improvements to Twins minor league complex, video of Joe Mauer and Dave St Peter blushing over the new Twins uniforms to take their brand to the next level, story on outdoor concerts at Target Field next summer, story on a couple of our guys who made and "All Star" team playing in Japan (do not know complete roster but fact that former Twins catcher and career .190 hitter Drew Butera also made it tells me everything I need to know).......news about actual pickups to improve roster??? Again I was on Twins website-no room for stuff like that.

Posted on November 11, 2014 at 4:17 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 64

You do realize that mlb controls most if not all of the content on the website don't you?

Posted on November 11, 2014 at 4:22 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 65

I dont like facts getting in the way of a good post! lol

Posted on November 11, 2014 at 5:30 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 66

Everybody has a different idea of "good."

Posted on November 11, 2014 at 6:32 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 67

"Everybody has a different idea of 'good'." - Twins Way

TTH

Posted on November 11, 2014 at 9:20 PM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 68

MLB has a story about the possibility of Bert moving from the booth to the field as pitching coach.

Posted on November 11, 2014 at 10:50 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 69

"The always funny and loquacious Blyleven has been a Twins broadcaster since 1996."

I'll agree with the second half of that sentence.

TTH

Posted on November 11, 2014 at 11:45 PM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 70

OK: Molitor, Blyleven, Viola, Guardado, Brunansky, Mientkiewicz...

Shall we all join in on a chorus of Springsteen's "Glory Days"?

Posted on November 11, 2014 at 11:55 PM by Rick 71

I have not been able to access this site for over a month now from neither my home computer nor my computer at work. Always getting some type of server error. However, I am able to access it now via mobile so it appears the site has been up and running all along but yet I am always getting an error. Anyone know what the problem is or how I can fix this issue?

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 08:06 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 72

I really don't understand all the hand wringing over coaches with ties to the team in their playing days. Are the Twins any different than the other MLB teams in that regard? All the names Rick lists were far better players than Ullger, Vavra, et al. Why NOT have them on a staff? Blyleven might be a bit shaky since I don't think he has a lot of coaching experience, but he knows how to pitch and might be able to get something from a pitching staff. The rest of them have already put in some time coaching in the minors. The hitting struggled a bit in Bruno's 1st year but put up decent production last year. Hopefully there is more improvement again in 2015.

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 09:50 AM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 73

It seems a little insular. Are they trying to put together the best possible coaching staff, or the best possible PR opportunity? (Probable answer: At least a little of both.)

All these guys who played their glory days with the club could be great coaches, but that would defy the odds.

The Twins Way is threadbare right now, despite the spiffy new duds with gold-bordered logos (the WAR of which it is hard to estimate). As much as anything, this club needs fresh, aggressive, innovative, outside voices, and they need them badly.

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 10:37 AM by Rick 74

Mike,

The site had a series of outages in October due to some incomprehensible traffic from outside the USA. It may have been an attack, an exploitation attempt, a bad robot, or something completely different.

As a result, I've had to restrict traffic to IP addresses in the USA only. If you're using a proxy server, or an anonymizing service, you may not get past the IP filters.

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 11:16 AM by Rick 75

I agree w/ Rick's sentiments-every team uses some players from their "glory days" and I do not know how these forer players will do s coaches but one thing that has been a theme in stories last few years has been the whole culture of the clubhouse-an attitude of young players being complacent, not doing the necessary things to prepare(studying opposing pitchers for example), the feeling that they are not going to be replaced since there are few options to relace them with in minors, a feeling of complacency getting paid and paid well no matter if they win or lose or how they perform individually. Dan Gladden's wife is my boss and she said that amongst alumni from Twins they see it and talk about it-how the whole culture of the team has changed. Hrbek, Morris, Viola, Gladden, Bruno, Gaetti, Puckett-those guys held each other accountable. THey got pissed when they lost. From what Mrs Gladden says in talkign w/ Dan nd other alumni they dont see Mauer getting in anyone's face or holding them accountable-it is more of a "ho -hum who wants to play cards?" attitude after 7-1 losses. So maybe this new group will light some fires under these player's asses. I am not saying entire team needs that-Perkins I think would have fit in w/ old group for example. But the current "Twins Way" needs a change in its whole culture.

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 1:39 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 76

Kinda makes you pine for the day Torii Hunter took a jab at Justin Morneau in the dugout...

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 1:47 PM by Rick 77

Mauer is not a leader. The Twins need players that aren't afraid to lead and a coaching staff that will.

All but one of my partners in my HPB location gave up on the Twins for 2015. It looks like a lot of other STH have the same issue - the number of games available in the first few rows of HPB on the shared season ticket system is depressing. I gave up my HPB seats, but still keeping the LC pair. I'm guessing we are going to see a pretty large drop in STH numbers and/or a whole lot more dumping of tickets on the secondary market.

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 2:39 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 78

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 3:00 PM by Rick 79

Is there anybody on the current team that could be A leader?

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 3:19 PM by Leroy Highlight this comment 80

Oswaldo Arcia (why doesn't this guy have a nickname yet?) is my new favorite Twin because he's often been the guy on the top step of the dugout congratulating and encouraging. Much of the time, he looks (through the TV cameras at least) like the player setting the tone.

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 3:27 PM by Rick 81

There are different leadership styles. A quiet player who works hard and produces on the field can be a leader by example even if he isn't the "Rah-Rah" in-your-face sort of leader. But to be a quiet leader you have to put up better numbers than .277 and 55 RBI's and you can't be missing huge chunks of time on the dl. If Mauer produces the kind of numbers he produced before the infamous bilateral leg weakness, he could be a leader even though he is quiet and non-confrontational.

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 3:40 PM by terry Highlight this comment 82

Sorry, I've only scanned the posts from November. However, I just want to say I'm renewing my season tickets tomorrow because they added gold ascents to their home uniforms. That is what I was waiting for. GO TWINS!

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 11:52 PM by Lincster Highlight this comment 83

.500 next year is a 10% chance, but these moves give me more hope. Plus if you all give up your seats I can move down more easily, so please get angry and don't give the Pohlads your money! They are way worse than Ziggy! The family has only been here helping to build this city for 70-80 years.

Paul has a new 3rd base coach that knows all these players. He has brought in the Spanish speaking "assistant hitting coach." I don't care about the title. Good move.

I am going to keep going with my cheap-ie 20 game package. I believe Molitor knows baseball. It doesn't mean he will be a great manager, but he is 58 years old, and has no reason to do this other than he really wants to. He is Tom Kelly smart in my opinion. I'm in.

****full disclosure, I'm keeping my seats in the upper deck because I'm under the halo when it rains, I'm on the aisle, and I can get to the concessions whenever I need to with (now) short lines upstairs. That is pretty much all I need.****

Posted on November 13, 2014 at 12:12 AM by Lincster Highlight this comment 84

Got my "chance" for free TwinsFest tickets. Once again needed to fill out a form: name, address, phone (day & evening), e-mail address, birthdate, account #, etc. This drives me absolutely bat-shit. If they don't know your e-mail already how did you get the message in the first place? What difference could it possibly make what your phone number or birth date is? If you are a season ticket holder don't they already know your address and account number? Is there some reason why they couldn't just ask if you'd like tickets, yes or no? They must be selling the info.

Posted on November 13, 2014 at 08:41 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 85

Keeping mine too, though I've lost a partner group. $40 average ticket price isn't cheap but has relative value, being front row in a zone (Diamond Box) adjacent to Home Plate Box and just above Dugout Box.
I see that Kershaw has a chance to be first MVP/Cy Young winner in NL since Gibson in '68.

Posted on November 13, 2014 at 09:08 AM by robin Highlight this comment 86

I wish there was a better outlook next year for ADA seating but I suspect the Twins will do the same as previous years and continue to sell them to brokers. Watch those seats in Dugout Box 2, Row WC, seats 1-6. If there are available non ADA seats in the same section/price level it's against the law to renew ADA seats to an owner that is not disabled. They are suppose to move them to open non ADA seats in the same section/price level.

Bet you a dollar the Twins don't even know this. Or worse yet they do know it but will not enforce it.

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 7:36 PM by Dave Highlight this comment 87

Off-topic but worth mentioning: US Bank Stadium awarded 2019 NCAA Final Four this afternoon. Glendale, San Antonio, Fatlanta and Indianapolis also awarded Final Fours. First Final Four for Minneapolis since 2001.

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 9:47 PM by luke Highlight this comment 88

When the new Vikings stadium design and renders came out, more than one fan noted that the scoreboards were too small and that the team would regret not going bigger. Not long after that, the NFL scoreboard arms race got stepped up big time by the likes of Houston and Jacksonville not to mention the new stadium under construction in Atlanta. Realizing the error while there was time to fix it, the Vikes made installing larger scoreboards one of the quiet improvements it has paid for over the past year. However, it has been hard to get a handle on how much bigger they'd be. Some never before seen renderings emerged after the Final Four was awarded that tell the tale. The boards, or at least those at the downtown end, are quite a bit bigger.

Take note as you look at the renderings that a black drape will be put over the windows at the downtown end. The glare from the sun setting in the west would be a major problem for players shooting at that basket without the drapes given that the national semis take place in the late afternoon to early evening as the days start to get quite a bit longer.

Rendering with Original, Smaller Scoreboard

Rendering with New, Larger Scoreboard

Posted on November 15, 2014 at 8:54 PM by jorge Highlight this comment 89

I posted this once before, but I'm curious if they'll also drape-over the roof. True, the players aren't looking up, so the clear roof isn't as much of a glare issue as the end windows and even the ones at the top of the seating bowl. However, I've noticed that the tourney games in domed stadiums with windows usually go all-out in covering as much outside light as possible (though I think the translucent windows in Ford Field were left exposed in 2009?).

Posted on November 16, 2014 at 12:56 PM by hofflalu Highlight this comment 90

Then why have windows?

Posted on November 16, 2014 at 1:21 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 91

Didnt Dallas have a Final 4? They have opening in their roof I think or maybe it is retractible

Posted on November 16, 2014 at 1:38 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 92

Uffda "North Texas" as the NCAA calls it hosted this year. The retractable roof is translucent material (akin to the Hump's roof was).
I do believe they had a black curtain on either end. They have alot of glass on the end zones just like USBS will.

Posted on November 16, 2014 at 1:50 PM by luke Highlight this comment 93

Ok thanks Luke!

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 1:02 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 94

So if the Vikes have a 3 pm kickoff, will the windows need to be blocked off for a time during the game?

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 2:24 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 95

I've looked at that new rendering a few times and it looks like some 3rd grader used Paint and just plopped an image on there for the scoreboard. I hope they didn't pay for that.

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 3:29 PM by IowaWigman Highlight this comment 96

On a Vikings-related note, did everyone see the list of pre-requisites the NFL sent out to cities bidding for a Super Bowl? The smallest item on their demand list is the one that really got under my skin, in part because it was so small and petty. The host city has to provide bottled water for the league big wigs. Wouldn't it be fun to start a tongue-in-cheek "charitable" drive to gather donations of bottled water for the NFL? It could be run just like a food shelf drive. Boxes could be placed at the gates to TCF Stadium for people to drop off their bottled water. I sure don't want to be responsible for Roger Goodell becoming dehydrated when he is here for the SB in a few years.

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 4:16 PM by terry Highlight this comment 97

It's an interesting idea for a protest, though there's a chance that some of that water would come in yellow...

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 4:59 PM by Rick 98

Here's a post by Parker Hagerman on TwinsDaily that made me think completely differently about the search for a pitching coach.

It's the kind of "duh" moment which will make you wonder just WTF the Twins are doing with the numbers they have access to. This is stuff that somebody in the organization should have noticed long ago, and that Anderson should have known about and used to avoid letting his pitching staff sink into the MLB cellar.

Maybe they can't hire Hagerman as the pitching coach, but the Twins really should get that guy on their staff. The only downside to having that happen would be that rabble like us wouldn't get to read him anymore. That would be a damn shame.

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 5:04 PM by Rick 99

Stevie...
Basketball. Shooting. Glare off the backboard. You try shooting a three-pointer with the sun at twilight staring you in the eye.
Football players wear that black tar under their eyes to reduce glare. They don't use that stuff in basketball.
That rendering scoreboard did look awful. A little bit a cheap imitation of the one they used in Indy.
Terry, the list of requirements was ridiculous. "NFL bank sponsored ATMs" (they probably will be US Bank ATMs). So, if they put in any other ATMs at the place they have to cover them up and install new ones.
If the NFL needed to use a hotel room as makeshift office space, ALL furniture was to be removed at the hotels expense.
those were the two stipulations i specifically remembered.

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 5:33 PM by luke Highlight this comment 100

If there are US Bank ATMs at the venue and the official bank is Bank of America (not sure what the actual bank partner is), then ATMs of the former come out and the latter go in. Apart from that, the only credit card you can use at the Super Bowl is Visa. Master Card, American Express, and Discover are not taken. It's all bit ridiculous, but the Super Bowl is voluntary and the requirements are known up front. If a city doesn't want to pay, it doesn't have to play.

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 9:22 PM by jorge Highlight this comment 101

That's true jorge. If you don't pay, you don't pay. I didn't know about the Visa exclusivity.
Honestly, MLB likely (I would imagine) made similar requests for the ASG (maybe not AS rigid). And the NCAA will likely make requirements for the Final Four.
I remember reading back in 2009 when the Final Four was at Ford Field in Detroit, they had to put tape on all 65,000 cup holders because they had the Aquafina logo on them, which wasn't an NCAA sponor. And of course, many static ads at the NCAA basketball tourney venues (I've been to regionals and the Final Four at the Dome) are usually covered up. Beer ads for sure. Soda ads (if they aren't NCAA sponsor). Of course it isn't that big of an undertaking anymore with LED signage in many venues.

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 9:44 PM by luke Highlight this comment 102

^ if you don't pay, you don't play

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 9:45 PM by luke Highlight this comment 103

Rick, that's an amazing article. That was a surprise to me. Numbers aren't everything but it's foolish not to take advantage of what they do show. Our memories and perceptions are highly biased. I was glad to see that the author had good words for Brunansky as hitting coach. I think it shows that an objective analysis is better than sticking with an outdated "Twins Way" but also better than a simplistic "must get rid of everyone in the system" mentality.

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 2:02 PM by robin Highlight this comment 104

Have you seen Nate Silver's website "fivethirtyeight"? Has a sports section as well as politics, economics, health etc.

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 2:03 PM by robin Highlight this comment 105

Steady Eddie named bullpen coach....

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 9:49 PM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 106

Your new pitching coach: Neil Allen.

Posted on November 23, 2014 at 12:41 PM by Rick 107

So the site is back up then..

Posted on November 23, 2014 at 1:26 PM by gus munger Highlight this comment 108

My god, we need baseball season back, post haste.
I don't care there's snow on the ground.
Get the boys to Fort Myers immediately.
Play at TF in 20 degree weather I don't care.
just bring baseball back.
We have nothing to talk about around here :(.

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 06:02 AM by luke Highlight this comment 109

Well we can always talk about the daily signings and pickups we see in the Strib and on MLB.Com everyday while the Twins stay true to the course however are rumored to have won the rights to bid on some Korean pitcher w/ a 4.55 ERA (but it is a hitters league) but apparently reports also show Texas won rights. But while other teams sign/pickup players we can also surmise about what new statue, if any, will be added and new exciting food offerings.

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 2:42 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 110

Willingham retires. Other teams picking up free agents and we as always do nothing.Twins confirm Allen, Guardado and Vavra for 2015 season though.

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 8:04 PM by Leroy Highlight this comment 111

I'm trying very hard not to be too cynical, but while the Red Sox are rolling out Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, the Twins are rolling out Eddie Guardado and Joe Vavra.

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 01:59 AM by Rick 112

Come on Rick, there's Torii Hunter and Wily Mo Pena rumors too.

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 09:08 AM by FD Highlight this comment 113

My wish for 2015 is that all of the top prospects, Sano, Buxton, May, Rosario, etc. stay healthy and, in the case of Rosario, stay away from substances that result in lengthy suspensions. I think all the time those prospects lost to injuries and suspension this year was more depressing than the 92-loss record.

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 12:46 PM by terry Highlight this comment 114


Let's Play Seven!

October 29, 2014 12:08 AM

Drop everything. This is what we live for.

Until the second inning of tonight's game six, I was prepared to take my kids to a Halloween party tomorrow night. It's a really good one, too, that we've been to in several previous years. But we won't be going this year.

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Inventory

September 29, 2014 12:23 PM

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Twinshine

July 16, 2014 1:47 AM

Yes, Jeter. Of course. It was his night, and deservedly so. Even I, whose mother hates Derek Jeter, cheered for him. It was only the second time I've ever done so (the other being when I visited the original Yankee Stadium and pretended to be a Bomber fan for exactly one game). And tonight it felt weird and wrong and right and inevitable and necessary and splendid all at the same time.

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Festing

July 13, 2014 1:38 AM

There were times, in the past week, when I started to get the feeling that the Convention Center would be a very empty place this weekend. Simply put, it seemed like everyone wanted to give away their Fanfest tickets.

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"You talk about the magic, the aura, but what really makes a stadium is the fans. Concrete doesn't talk back to you. Chairs don't talk back to you. It's the people who are there, day in, day out, that makes the place magic."

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The outfield stands as viewed through the unnumbered gate



Field access on the visitor's side









A view from up (and in) the street.



Here's the Northstar platform.



At left, across the tracks by that pile of dirt is where the Northstar commuter train platform will be built, and where Twins fans will apparently NOT be able to get a train after night games. (For reference, that's the Fifth Street bridge, with the ballpark site just beyond it. The east corner of Ford Centre is just visible at the right edge of the picture.)



Photo by Tyler Wycoff









Looking back toward the park from just beyond the north end of the Northstar platform.



Integrating the administration building was really a great idea. Actually, there will be more things inside than just offices, but that will probably be some sweet space.









Photo by Tyler Wycoff






Target Plaza in model form






Auxiliary scoreboard (note to TF principles: this is a very good idea)



Though there's nothing there now, you have to believe they'll find a way to add a party deck up there at some point.



"Original" or "Dinger" Dog



Integrating the administration building was really a great idea. Actually, there will be more things inside than just offices, but that will probably be some sweet space.



I think this promenade over the railroad tracks needs a name. How about the Halsey Hall Promenade? (Please do not throw cigar butts onto the tracks!)



Now, why is there horse shit on the street next to Target Field? (I saw it in two places. Mounted police maybe?)






I don't exactly know what this is. A first-aid station? Concession office?





















Yes, it's pretty tempting to just walk right in...















The Overlook, as seen by outfielders



Fan number 3,030,673 came through this gate a few moments after I took this picture.



The scoreboard terminates the view on Fifth Street as seen from Hennepin



Locations for ticket machines near the Hrbek outdoor plaza









The scoreboard also towers over the LRT tracks, which now are functional (though not open) all the way to the park -- and beyond!






Above the Carew gate









Desolate. Dirty. Mysterious. Expensive. Unlikely.



Outside the Metropolitan Club, photos of all the other major league ballparks


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Roped off for the LRT crowd








Glossary

BPM - Ballpark Magic

BRT - Bus Rapid Transit

DSP - Dave St. Peter

FSE - Full Season Equivalent

FYS - Fake Yankee Stadium (see also: NYS)

HERC - Hennepin Energy Resource Company (aka the Garbage Burner)

HPB - Home Plate Box

HRP - Home Run Porch

LC - Legends Club

LRT - Light Rail Transit

MBA - Minnesota Ballpark Authority (will own Target Field)

MOA - Mall of America

MSFC - Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission (owns the Metrodome)

NYS - New Yankee Stadium

SRO - Standing Room Only

STH - Season Ticket Holder

TCFBS - TCF Bank Stadium

TF - Target Field

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Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
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Original edition (2000, round)
 


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