Not quite as cool as the San Francisco Giants Full Game Time Lapse (Check that one out if you haven’t seen it), but this one is pretty cool too. A time lapse photographer set up outside Angels Stadium and captured the parking lot emptying out following the Minnesota Twins vs Los Angeles Angels game.
Minnesota Twins 2010 1st round pick Alex Wimmers threw a 7 inning complete game No Hitter for the High-A Fort Myers Miracle on Saturday night against the Jupiter Hammerheads. Wimmers who entered the game with a 1-3 record went 7 Innings allowing No Runs, No Hits, 2 Walks and 5 strikeouts. Jeff Dominguez tried to go yard on Wimmers final pitch of the 7th inning but it was caught on a leaping grab at the top the wall by Miracle right fielder Oswaldo Arcia to preserve the no hitter. It is the second career no hitter for Wimmers. His first came while at Ohio State.
Many people across the country are feeling the crunch of our economic woes. Recent University of Minnesota graduate Sarah Steinman recently decided to become a living statue named Goldy outside of Target Field this summer and is making a pretty good amount of coin. In the story Steinman talks about summer job, where the idea stemmed from, and the type of reactions she gets from passers by. Pictures of Goldy included in the link.
Twins fan Goldy is baseball’s bronze busker — StarTribune.com
I’m not sure if it is a record, but Corky Miller has spent parts of the last 11 consecutive seasons playing in the International League including this season as a member of the Louisville Bats. He has also spent parts of the last 10 years playing in the big leagues, compiling a total of 199 big league games with the Cincinnati Reds, Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves and Chicago White Sox. His career batting average in the big leagues is just .188 but his impact both in the majors as well as in Triple-A in helping develop pitchers, has kept Miller in baseball for all these years and led to lots of success for a number of current big league pitchers who Miller caught for in the minor leagues. In the story Miller talks about his journeyman career in which he has seen and done about everything there is to see or do, how he plans to continue to play baseball until teams stop calling, and stealing home his rookie season. Also some of the pitchers for whom he has caught offer their antidotes about Miller’s brutal honesty behind the plate. It’s a very good read.
Corky Miller a once-in-a-lifetime guy — Cincinnati.com
The steps up the minor league ladder are used for player development, so one would think that when a young player reaches the majors for the first time, that they would be well versed on baseball fundamentals and have a fairly solid baseball IQ. Apparently that isn’t always the case in Minnesota and it has left manager Ron Gardenhire fuming about his young players’ lack of knowledge of the fundamentals. In an in depth interview Gardenhire gets fired up about the Twins youth’s general lack of preparation and understanding of the finer points of the game. One of my favorite Gardenhire lines from the story: Question: “They are being taught this in the minors right”? Answer: “Sure they are; they’re just not paying attention”. It gets better from there.
The Minnesota Twins have traded Delmon Young to the Detroit Tigers for pitching prospect Cole Nelson and a player to be named later. Nelson is currently 5-11 with a 4.87ERA in 105.1IP for the High-A Lakeland Flying Tigers in the Florida State League. The 22 year old lefty has struck out 87 and walked 50 and opposing hitters are batting .299 against him. Nelson made his pro debut in 2010 going 1-0 with a 0.66ERA in 27 innings between Lakeland and the GCL Tigers. The 6’7, 233 pound pitcher was a 10th round pick of the Tigers out of Auburn in the 2010 draft.
The Sugar Land Skeeters who will open play as an expansion franchise in the independent Atlantic League in 2012 has made a splash hiring Houston resident and former Minnesota Twins star Gary Gaetti as their first manager. The team has already created a good deal of buzz for the seven story tall state of Texas shaped scoreboard it plans to have at Star Tex Power Field which is currently being built for the team. In the story, Gaetti talks about his desire to manage, his style of play, and how his perspective on independent league baseball changed when his son Joe Gaetti failed to land a job in affiliated baseball and landed in the Atlantic League as a player. It’s a pretty good read.
Gaetti introduced as Sugar Land Skeeters manager — Houston Chronicle
The Round Rock Express the Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers has produced three great campaign commercials in support of reliever Mark Hamburger who is currently in the second round of MILB.com’s Minors Moniker Madness which takes 64 of the best names in the minors and whittles them down to one champion via fan vote. Hamburger entered the competition as a four seed in the Farmer Works bracket and took down Chicago Cubs prospect Matt Szczur in the first round. He is currently matched with Minnesota Twins pitching prospect Shooter Hunt, a five seed. Check out the hysterical commercials that the Round Rock Express marketing team came up with to help support Hamburger’s run through the competition.
Having a walk off hit in Game 7 of the World Series will get you a lot of mileage. For Gene Larkin the fame has stuck with him for nearly two decades after his single in the bottom of the 10th inning won the 1991 World Series for the Minnesota Twins. In the story Larkin talks about being a role player who gained sudden fame, his folk hero status in Minnesota, and his work with young baseball players. Fans also share their memories of Larkin’s hit.
Seth Stohs who runs the outstanding Minnesota Twins blog SethSpeaks.net and is a must follow on twitter @SethTweets recently spent a weekend behind the scenes with the Twins Class-A affiliate the Beloit Snappers. Stohs writes about his experience with the club and offers an inside look at the preparation that goes on for both the players and front office staff of a minor league baseball franchise, as well as provides his scouting report on a number of the Twins young prospects.
A Weekend In Beloit — StarTribune.com