Umpires Have Not Forgotten Tom Kelly

I caught a little bit of a "Studio 42 with Bob Costas" episode on MLB Network last week. Costas was interviewing three experienced umpires – Steve Palermo, Don Denkinger and someone else I can’t think of – on their jobs and other topics. He asked the three umpires a question to the effect of, "What…
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Can Joe Mauer Hit .400? Can Anyone?

I picked up a copy of the most recent Sports Illustrated yesterday, which features Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer as its cover story. It’s quite a story. It’s hard not to be impressed when you hear about his scouting report (he doesn’t strike out, he doesn’t pop out and has no holes, according to the…
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Can Joe Mauer Hit .400? Can Anyone?

I picked up a copy of the most recent Sports Illustrated yesterday, which features Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer as its cover story. It’s quite a story. It’s hard not to be impressed when you hear about his scouting report (he doesn’t strike out, he doesn’t pop out and has no holes, according to the…
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NBA Draft Reaction

I’m heading out from a night of work, but I have a few thoughts on Thursday’s NBA draft. I like Ricky Rubio and I like Jonny Flynn. It didn’t bother me at all that the Minnesota Timberwolves picked back-to-back point guards at 5 and 6. That is, it didn’t until Ty Lawson fell in their…
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Fake GMs Unite: Mock Drafts Of The Wolves Picks

Here’s a look at who some "experts" believe the Minnesota Timberwolves will end up selecting in tonight’s NBA draft: Chad Ford, ESPN.com I don’t have an Insider account, so I can’t go beyond the first two picks. No. 5 overall: James Harden, SG, Arizona State No. 6 overall: Stephen Curry, PG, Davidson NBAdraft.net No. 5:…
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Wolves Are Really Cleaning The Slate

Minnesota Timberwolves president David Kahn took another step toward starting from scratch. The Minnesota Timberwolves traded Randy Foye and Mike Miller to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday for the No. 5 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft along with Etan Thomas, Darius Songaila and Oleksiy Pecherov. I really like this trade from Minnesota’s perspective. I…
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Look For Wild To Open Up Their Offense

The Minnesota Wild did a complete flip-flop in their winning philosophy with the hiring of Todd Richards as head coach last week. Richards replaced Jacques Lemaire, who implemented a defensive-heavy approach during his tenure stretching back to the team’s opening season. Richards was an assistant coach with the San Jose Sharks. The reason I post this a…
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Get Your Piece Of Gophers History!

The University of Minnesota is selling pieces of its famed floor at Williams Arena on the homepage of its athletic Web site, www.gophersports.com. The floor at Williams Arena is being replaced for the first time in the building’s history. Pieces of the 81-year-old floor can be purchased for prices ranging from $45 to $200.

Ranting About Sliding Into First Base

It’s a stupid play. It’s universally accepted within the baseball community that players should run through first base and not slide into it. So why does Nick Punto keep sliding? Maybe it’s harder for me to stomach when the perpetrator is a .220 hitter who recently signed a two-year contract extension to play the infield for…
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