Ron Gardenhire

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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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Twins batboy earns manager’s nod: ‘Works hard. Great attitude’


A major league baseball team batboy’s job is never done. “I get here about three to four hours before the game starts,” explains Dominic Frost, 18, who just completed his second season as the Minnesota Twins batboy. “I’m setting up the bench… [I] bring in coolers and towels, gum, shoes and all that. That takes almost an hour to do. “After that’s done, I usually shag balls in BP [batting practice] from 4 to 5 [pm],” continues Frost, who sometimes helps players warm up by playing short-throw catch with them. Continue Reading →

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For Twins’ only Black pitcher, wild can be good


After the Minnesota Twins traded left-hander Francisco Liriano to Chicago last month, right-hander Samuel Deduno becomes the club’s only Black pitcher. Deduno is one of 21 Dominican-born players and the ninth Dominican pitcher to play for the Twins since 1961. He and fellow Dominican natives Alexi Casilla and Pedro Florimon joins Denard Span and Ben Revere as the only Blacks on this year’s squad. Prior to signing as a free agent last November, Deduno’s major league experience had totaled four games for Colorado in 2010 and two games for San Diego in 2011. Otherwise, his entire professional baseball career has been mainly in the minors. Continue Reading →

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