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Twins’ 2014 season opens

Can Major League Baseball’s new instant replay system stretch baseball games even longer?

“I don’t think it will extend the game,” believes Minnesota Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire, who briefly talked about instant replay to the MSR before the club left for spring training in February. The Twins’ 2014 season began earlier this week in Chicago. Continue Reading →

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Twins turnaround indefinitely postponed

 After the annual media pre-season luncheon, Minnesota Twins GM Terry Ryan told the two MSR beat writers that the team had to turn things around this season. As it turned out, Ryan appears to have been directionally challenged. The 2013 Twins season concluded on Sunday with a crashing halt, losing their final six contests to finish 30 games below .500 (66-96), its third straight near-100-losses campaign in as many tries. This doesn’t show turnaround progress, but rather stuck-in-reverse regression. Although he has to take some responsibility, it certainly isn’t all Ron Gardenhire’s fault — the Twins on Monday extended his contract through the 2015 season. Continue Reading →

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Again, the Twins are not getting it done

 

 

We have reached the All-Star Break in the Major League Baseball season, and usually the All-Star Game is about recognizing the great individual achievements of the many star players. Although there are many such individual achievements, I am going to focus on the teams.

Locally, the Twins continue to disappoint with a 39-53 record, 12 games back of Detroit in the American Central. The Twins are hoping to avoid losing 90 or more games for the third straight year. The Twins do have two All-Stars, catcher Joe Mauer hitting .320 and closer Glen Perkins with 21 saves, who have been outstanding. It’s been hit and miss for the most part over the last decade with the Twins, who have allowed so much talent to escape either by trades or bad decisions in free agency that it has to frustrate loyal, supportive fans. Continue Reading →

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A great man honored – Local prep star memorialized with Stacy L. Robinson Field

The St. Paul Parks and Recreation and the Stacy’s Light Still Shines Committee dedicated the Jimmy Lee/Oxford Community Center football field in honor of the late great Stacy L. Robinson on Saturday, June 15. Robinson, another in the long list of great St. Paul-born super athletes including Dave Winfield, Paul Molitor, Jack Morris, Joe Mauer and others, won two Super Bowl titles with the New York Giants. He grew up

playing on those fields in St. Continue Reading →

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Twins outdo Wolves as Whitest pro team in Minnesota

 

Unless things change, the Minnesota Twins won’t have a single African American player on its opening day roster for the 2013 season. In the span of a week — no pun intended — the team unloaded its last two Black players, outfielders Denard Span and Ben Revere, to National League teams. Soon after last season ended, longtime first-base coach Jerry White was let go as well. Up to this point, no one has openly criticized the moves until now: the Twins’ “hot stove” moves left Bernard Walters, MSR’s go-to fan expert, with a cold feeling. “When I looked at the records of these pitchers, only one has a winning record,” he noted after analyzing both the trades. The only result we can be sure of is a Hall and Oates moment for Span (2002) and Revere (2007): They’re gone. Continue Reading →

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View’s top stories, overused words of 2011

 

The Associated Press (AP) last week released its list of 2011’s top 10 sports stories. “Another View” has our own top 10, or what should have been the top local sports stories of this year:

The Minnesota Lynx: The only local major league team to participate in their respective league post-season. However, the Lynx went one step further — they won the WNBA championship in October, and the MSR proudly provided more coverage from preseason to All-Star Game, where a record four Lynx players were selected to finals, than any local publication. Faith Johnson: The longtime successful head coach this past spring became the first Black female high school basketball coach to win state girls’ titles at two different Minneapolis schools (North and DeLaSalle). Sandy Stephens: The first Black quarterback to lead a Division I school to a national championship as well as the last quarterback to lead Minnesota to a Rose Bowl victory finally got recognized in November by being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Continue Reading →

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