The last time the Minnesota Twins won a playoff game, Shannon Stewart knocked in Michael Cuddyer for the go-ahead run, Jacque Jones homered, and Johan Santana threw seven scoreless innings as the Twins beat the Yankees in Game 1 of the 2004 ALDS. The next night, Hideki Matsui singled off J.C. Romero to score Derek Jeter in the 12th inning, and that was that for the next 15 years (and counting): The Twins have somehow found a way to lose every single postseason game since, one of sports’ cruelest and most unlikely streaks.
The Minnesota Twins have hired Rocco Baldelli as their next manager, the team announced Thursday. Baldelli has spent the past four seasons as a coach for the Tampa Bay Rays and was a special assistant in the front office for four seasons before that. At 37, he will become the youngest manager in the majors. A news conference to introduce Baldelli is expected Thursday.
Byung Ho Park was basically the Bryce Harper of the Korea Baseball Organization. In his last four seasons, in particular, many baseballs were obliterated by his bat.
Everybody is pretty crabby in Minnesota right now. I know this because I can hear them all screaming in Michigan. It's hard to keep things relaxed when the bullpen coughed up two nice sized leads at Yankee stadium. On paper it isn't over yet and Baltimore is the team we face next... and Baltimore is one of the teams that we have to catch.