- Torii Hunter gave his interest for playing for the Washington Nationals or the Atlanta Braves. He stated that it could be the race of the fans that could make him interested in playing there. Does anyone think that he'll make that big of a difference? What are your opinion of the quotes in that article? What happened to this attitude Torii? All I will say is that I like that Torii Hunter wants to make a difference.
- According to Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press, catcher Joe Mauer is likely to undergo hernia surgery. Walters also says that pitcher Carlos Silva will likely be classified as a "Class B" free agent, meaning that if he does not resign with the Twins, we will receive a "sandwich pick" in return. He also added this "brilliant" bit of info:
If the Twins can't re-sign free agent Torii Hunter, plans are to trade, sign a free agent or go in-house to find his center field replacement.
- Thank you Charley, I don't know what I'd do without you.
- Tim Dierks of mlbtraderumors.com expanded on the debate of classifying Carlos Silva as a "Class B" free agent.
- The Minnesota Twins released a "tentative 2008 schedule." I liked the fact that the Twins will be playing the Yankees twice at home. It's the first time since 1999 that the Bronx Bombers have made it to the Dome twice in the same season. The Twins will also make their first trip to Coors Field to face the Rockies in May. The Twins will host the Diamondbacks, Nationals and Brewers at home in inter league play. The Twins will make a trip to San Diego to face the Padres at the end of June. We play in Boston and New York in July. Single-game tickets go on sale at Twins fest which is at the end of January.
- According to La Velle E. Neal, the Twins will make a run at resigning both Torii Hunter and Carlos Silva, but both will likely test the free agent market.
- Oh Manny! After yesterday's 9-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians, Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez had this to say:
"It doesn't happen, so who cares? There's always next year. It's not like it's the end of the world."
- Well, that's the winning spirit, Manny! I don't want to "jump the gun" or anything, but Manny's been talked about being moved for several years, perhaps Theo Epstein and the Red Sox may actually move him this time. I know Manny is a great player, and he's one of my favorites, but telling your fans and teammates that you don't care and "there's always next year" when you're down 3-1 in the LCS will never sit well. Joe Christensen offered his opinion of what Manny had to say.
- In closing, the Celtics crushed the New York Knickerbockers last night 101-61. Former Timerwolve Kevin Garnett scored 13 points. The "Big-3" which consists of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and KG combined for 49 points. I really am looking forward to seeing this kind of scoring from the Celtics this season. (Just because of Kevin Garnett)