With an October 25, 1987 game seven win over the St. Louis Cardinals, the Minnesota Twins brought the Twin Cities their first major sports championship and turned the cities into a one big, crazy, happy family.
Read more in Peter Schilling’s ‘In ’87 the Twins turned the towns upside down’.
Image courtesy of the Minnesota Twins
Marcenia “Toni” Stone bounced around in various levels of professional baseball for 15 years, the high-water mark coming when she joined the Negro leagues’ Indianapolis Clowns in 1953.
Stone wasn’t allowed to play in the segregated All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League (the group that was featured in the 1992 Tom Hanks film “A League of Their Own”).
This is the “fixed” graphic for Breaking Down the Divisional Series - from NYTimes.com. MUCH much better. (The original graphic that had lots of problems can be seen here.)
Inspired by Target Center’s new deal for a giant ad visible to fans at neighboring Target Field, MinnPost.com announced preliminary negotiations with every building in downtown Minneapolis regarding new billboard positions. This is a composite photo of what the arrangement might look like.
The Twins, along with Target and the artists who worked on the plaza, have long worried that advertising signs on Target Center’s exterior could alter the experience for visitors. At least it wasn’t a big Walmart sign, something the team feared most. As it is, the sign competes with Mayo Clinic, one of the ballpark’s advertising sponsors. (via MinnPost - Cityscape: Tempest brewing over huge advertising sign being erected on Target Center — facing Target Field)
Hm. Well, thought it would be a nice target for Thome to aim for. So, no big deal?
The chart [above] compares baseball teams’ payroll spending over the last decade with their won-loss record. Several teams with modest payrolls have done well this season, but over the last decade as a whole, the relationship between salaries and wins has been strong.
Go Twins! (And I’m tempted to ‘fix’ that chart graphic by moving the Twins button in front of that A’s button. Whatevs, NYT.)
Aaron Gleeman answers to some frequent Twins playoff-related questions
Since the Twins clinched the division title last week, many of the same playoff-related questions have been asked repeatedly in the comments section, on Twitter, via e-mail, and by the phone callers when I co-hosted “Twins Wrap” on 1500-ESPN.
- Which team will the Twins play in the first round?
- Which team should the Twins want to play in the first round?
- When will the playoff games be?
- What is the playoff rotation?
- How many pitchers and how many position players will be on the playoff roster?
- Who are the 11 pitchers?
- Who are the 14 position players?
- Who should get the final bench spot?
- Will the Twins continue to use Butera as Pavano’s personal catcher in the playoffs?
In an effort to address many of those questions — and also to simply get them all in one place for easy referencing — I’ve put together the answers, best guesses and predictions in my my MinnPost post…