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  • I'd go for Span over Young, although I haven't seen them since last season. Young needed to drop 20lbs, and bring up his hustle. He seemed sluggish, especially running to first. Can Cuddyer still play third occasionally?
    jobiwan - 2006 Roster
  • Do you really think Span will be the odd man out? I know Young's contract may play a role, but Span's play last year should play a big role into where he'll fit in. I know an argument can be made for all 4 but I would like to see Span as a starter with Cuddyer in right and Gomez in Center.
    TwinsCards - 2006 Roster
  • Once a player makes the 40-man roster, he pretty much is guaranteed a call-up if a position opens -- and his play is better than adequate with no injuries himself -- during the season. Next in-line are any veterans signed to minor league contracts. Some don't make it out of the spring, and others have release clauses that if not called by mid-season, they can go elsewhere. The spring training invitees are usually next on the pecking order, but they have to be added to the 40-man roster at some point and then service time begins. The Twins seem to like longer seasoning, unless a player looks to step-in near fulltime. What will be fun is to see how the 2010 roster pans out -- lots of arbitration players, plus another dozen that probably should be 40-manned.
    rosterman - 2006 Roster
  •  The Twins spent bigtime in the off-season, revamping totally a starting pitcher staff that will wait for prospects in coming seasons. But two-thirds didn't produce, one (Phil Hughes) was a star, and the team still struggled for a #5 starter, jettisoning Kevin Correia at the deadline and running thru the AAA roster. A couple of old names returned (Jason Bartlett, Matt Guerrier and Jason Kubel, plus minor league vet Yohan Pino) and did nothing. Kendrys Morales was a mid-season bargain, but was quickly flipped for a prospect. Josh Willingham slumped, Joe Mauer tanked. And the Twins came in last and Ron Gardenhire and his staff lost their jobs. Bright spots were Kyle Gibson, Kenny Vargas and Danny Santana. More prospects in the pipeline. But, when?


    rosterman - 2006 Roster
  • Rosterman: Who is likely to see time between the minors and majors this year?
    TwinsCards - 2006 Roster
  • I see the comment link now! A surprising year for the Twins in my opinion. After losing Santana, Hunter and Silva I was surprised by the play of some of the rookies...Span and Casilla. Looking forward to 2009 to see what they can put together.
    TwinsCards - 2006 Roster
  • On October 26, 1960, Minnesota baseball fans learned that Calvin Griffith was given permission by Major League Baseball to move his fledging Washington Senators to Minnesota for the 1961 baseball season. Metropolitan Stadium was covered in snow when the now dubbed 'Minnesota Twins' caravan came to town to prepare for an April opening, but skies were bright and clear as the Twins began their first season in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The former Senators team was a powerhouse, featuring hitters Harmon Killebrew and Jim Lemon, 1959 Rookie-of-the-Year Bob Allison, and premiere pitchers Camilo Pascual and lefty Jim Kaat. But Griffith was also known for stocking his team and the minors with aging veterans hoping for one last shot at big league glory. The Twins drew a then amazing 1,256,723 fans in 1961, and Griffith enjoyed the spoils of TV revenue triple of what he experienced in Washington D.C. Killebrew and Pascual represented the team at the All-Star Game, and Earl Battey earned a Gold Glove as catcher. Cookie Lavagetto was fired mid-season after a dismal start and replaced by coach Sam Mele, who inspired new confidence in the Minnesota Twins. Note: 'Down on the Farm' includes some players on-the-team or involved in transactions from the previous season's Washington Senators roster -- interesting who could've been Twins!
    rosterman - 1988 Roster
  • The Minnesota Twins stormed from the back-of-the-division pack to pull within five games of the American League Champion Yankees. The majority of the ride was via the bat of Harmon Killebrew, who slammed a league-leading 48 homeruns with 126 runs-batted-in. Another big moment was Jack Kralick no-hitting the Kansas City Athletics 1-0 on August 26th. Earl Battey at catcher and Rich Rollins at third base started the All-Star game, with Jim Kaat and Camilo Pascual attending as pitchers. The Twins also showed fielding prowess with Gold Gloves for Battey, Kaat, and first baseman Vic Power, who joined the team in their first monster trade of Pedro Ramos for Power and Dick Stigman. Attendance rose to a sparkling 1,433,116. Note: This was the year of my first game seeing the Twins live, Kaat victorious 7-0 over the K.C. Royals on June 6. Before that, was limited to listening to the Twins on the radio or the televised (in black-and-white) games on WTCN 11.
    rosterman - 1989 Roster
  • The Minnesota Twins were in the thick of the pennant race until the last month when ace pitcher Camilo Pascual missed a half-dozen starts due to injury. Still, the Twins drew a league record 1,406,652 and also hit 225 home-runs as a team, led by the big three of Harmon Killebrew (45 and league leading), Bob Allison (35) and rookie Jimmie Hall (33). Catcher Earl Battey chipped in with an additional 26 round-trippers. Catcher Battey and shortstop Zoilo Versalles were named a starters to the All-Star Game, joined by Killebrew and Allison. Vic Power at first base and Jim Kaat as pitcher returned as Gold Glove winners, with Versalles picking up a Gold Glove at shortstop. Star pitcher Jack Kralick was traded to Cleveland for Jim Perry, a move that would help the Twins immensely in the future.
    rosterman - 1990 Roster
  • Harmon Killebrew again led the league with 49 home runs, and five of his teammates all hit 20 or more -- outfielders Bob Allison and Tony Oliva with 32, outfielder Jimmie Hall at 25, first baseman Don Mincher with 23, and Zoilo Versalles with 20. Oliva won the batting crown, first ever for a Twin, with a .323 batting average and was named Rookie of the Year. But all that hitting turned sour as the Twins slumped to 20-games out of first by season's end. Jim Kaat won his third straight Gold Glove as a pitcher and the Twins sent Killebrew, Allison and Oliva to the All-Star Game as starters, as well as Hall and pitcher Camilo Pascual. Another future gem was added when Jim Grant arrived from Cleveland in a trade for George Banks and Lee Stange. Attendance held at 1,207,514.
    rosterman - 1991 Roster
  • The World Series season was followed by a major letdown for the Minnesota Twins club, finishing 9 games behind the Baltimore Orioles. Attendance slipped to 1,259,374 but Jim Kaat came on huge for the final half of the season, finishing with a league-leading 25 victories, as well as winning another Gold Glove. Tony Oliva was rewarded with a Gold Glove for his work in right field, as well as a starting position on the All-Star team. Kaat, Harmon Killebrew and Earl Battey filled out the American League All-Star squad. The high-point of the season was June 9th, when five Twins homered in the 7th inning of a game against the Kansas City Athletics (Killebrew, Oliva, Zoilo Versalles, Rich Rollins and Don Mincher).
    rosterman - 2006 Roster
 
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