April 9, 2010

Twins Blogosphere Link-A-Palooza

On Saturday, the Twins Centric crew will be hosting their second Viewing Party of the year. The party will be tomorrow at the Majors in Blaine. The Twins Centric crew will be there to watch the Twins take on the Chicago White Sox at noon. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be able to attend, but hopefully you get the chance to.

At the last Viewing Party, I got the pleasure of meeting Phil Miller. Miller used to cover the Twins for the Pioneer Press but has now covering the Twins for FSN.com.

Topper from Curve For A Strike posted a new "Twins Bloggers: Get to Know 'Em" with Dan from Twins Jabber taking his time to answer a few questions.

Ben from That's Twins Baseball tells us the 'real' story of why Ron Gardenhire left the bench late in the game.

Twinkie Talk would like to see Alexi Casilla be replaced on the roster by... And speaking of Twinkie Talk, did you know that Erin from Picked Off At First is now co-authoring the blog?

Sean from Hitting The Foul Pole has proposed a nickname for Pat Neshek.

Adam from Just a Bit Outside... and Eric from Undomed give some of their thoughts on Opening Day.

Alex from A Voice From Twins Territory posted two pictures of Target Field, the before (construction) and after (now). It's pretty awesome.

Michael and Sam from Two Men On provide details from a private tour of Target Field.

Hassertime from Alright Hamilton! summed up perfectly how I feel about those who wanted a retractable roof on Target Field.

Seth from TwinsCentric gives us his thoughts from the Opening Day for Minor League Baseball. He also co-hosted the first episode of the Twins Minor League Weekly podcast with Travis of Travis Twins Talks.

Seth also posted "Get to know: Alex Burnett" on Monday. Burnett made the roster as a result of reliever Clay Condrey landing on the Disabled List. Burnett made his Major League debut last night in front of friends and family in his hometown of Anaheim and was very impressive. He threw one perfect inning of relief and struck out Minnesota native Rob Quinlan for the final out. What was most impressive? The final three pitches he threw to Quinlan:

Change-up: 85 mph
Fastball: 92 mph
Curveball: 76 mph

The way he mixed up pitches made you forget that he has no experience over Double-A. It was a great debut for Alex and hopefully he'll continue to make a positive impression.

Jon from JonColosimo.com broke down Scott Baker's first start and also took a look at the first four home runs hit by the Twins.

Suzanne from SOOZE! posted a link about Target Field being the most environmentally friendly ballpark in America.

Parker from Over The Baggy took a look at J.J. Hardy's new mechanics. And as always, he provides excellent analysis.

Phil from PhilMacky.com discussed Delmon Young's habit of swinging at the first pitch. Last night, Young swung at the only pitch he saw and put it in the seats (okay, Angels bullpen).

Have a great weekend!

Note: Expect the rest of the Top 50 Twins Prospect list to be posted over the weekend.