Watching The Shadow Of Griffey

He might not be what he once was, but it sure is nice to see Ken Griffey Jr. back on a baseball field wearing a Seattle Mariners uniform. Matt Klaassen over at FanGraphs had a good post titled, "The Dead Who Walk Among Us." He points out certain well-past-their-prime star players who are not even close to playing at…
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Some Afternoon Links

A few of the interesting reads I came across today: Dave Cameron of FanGraphs disputes the poor Vegas odds the Twins are opening with. I have to agree with him. How can the Twins be projected to do worse than last year? Not saying it couldn’t happen. Obviously, Joe Mauer and Michael Cuddyer could regress, but what about…
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Canada Squad Takes Party To The Ice

Finally, fans of the Olympics got a women’s hockey game worth watching. Unfortunately, the behavior afterwards was jaw-dropping. Canada defeated the USA in the gold-medal game of women’s hockey Thursday 2-0. Canada’s goalie played a great game, just a tad better than the USA netminder. About an hour after the game was when things really…
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Thabeet Being Sent To Bismarck

Hasheem Thabeet – the No. 2 overall pick in this past year’s NBA draft – is being sent to Bismarck’s Dakota Wizards of the NBA’s Developmental League. Thabeet has played 50 games with the Memphis Grizzlies this season, averaging 2.5 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. The 7-foot-3 center from UConn is quite an interesting addition…
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Twins Link-o-rama

Here’s some links to Minnesota Twins stories I found interesting: The Star Tribune’s La Velle E. Neal has a Q&A with Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. Gardy says he doesn’t think there’s anyone in camp capable of filling in at center field for an extended period time, though Nick Punto, Alexi Casilla and Michael Cuddyer will get chances.…
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Twins Say Bye-bye To Dome Dogs

It’s official. The Dome Dog is dead. The Minnesota Twins and Hormel – makers of the Dome Dog – have parted ways, it was announced Wednesday. The Twins are ditching the enclosed Metrodome in favor of Target Field this year, and now the food that carried the old building’s namesake won’t be following the team…
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On The Radio Today

I’m making my weekly Wednesday appearance on "Sports Talk" from 1-2 p.m. on WDAY 970-AM. Today we’ll be talking about The Summit League and UND remaining apart for another year, and we’ll also discuss the upcoming USA men’s and women’s hockey games. Call in to the show at 293-9000 or (800) 279-9329 or e-mail talk@wday.com.

Breaking Down The Kids

Aaron Hicks remains the creme de la creme of Minnesota Twins prospects. That’s according to Minnesota Twins blogger Aaron Gleeman and Baseball America. BA published its list of baseball’s top 100 prospects. You’ll find a number of Twins players listed. Gleeman polished off his list of the Twins top 40 prospects in the above link. Gleeman…
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Gardenhire In Midseason Form

There can’t be too many managers in baseball who loves busting their players’ chops more than Minnesota Twins skipper Ron Gardenhire. Found a pretty funny story on Yahoo’s baseball blog about Gardenhire and first baseman Justin Morneau exchanging text messages after the U.S. upset Canada in men’s hockey on Sunday night. Morneau really sounds like…
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