2011 Game Logs: Game 153 Seattle @ Minnesota

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Next up in the Race to the Bottom™, the 1997 Twins. From Wiki:

The 1997 Minnesota Twins will not be remembered as the strongest team the Twins ever fielded. Manager Tom Kelly's team consisted of a few solid players, but mainly past-their-prime veterans and never-to-be-established prospects. One of the few bright spots was pitcher Brad Radke’s breakout season. The team finished with a 68-94 record, good enough for fourth place in the league’s weakest division.

And to update that for this season

The 2011 Minnesota Twins will not be remembered as the strongest team the Twins ever fielded. Manager Ron Gardenhire's team consisted of a few solid players, but mainly injured veterans and never-to-be-established prospects. One of the few bright spots was Jim Thome's 600th home run. The Twins promptly traded him. The team finished with a 61-101 record, good enough for fifth place in the league’s weakest division.

Time to start reading Baseball America and get a feel for next year's draft, you guys.

87 thoughts on “2011 Game Logs: Game 153 Seattle @ Minnesota”

  1. I'm considering a 6 month subscription around the new year so I'm ready for the draft. Right now I'm praying for Mark Appel.

    Now do I watch the crappy Twins likely lose to the crappy Mariners for #6org supremacy, or do I play Gears of War 3. Decisions decisions.

        1. Yeah. One of my favorite, ever.

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  2. Some good news from Joe C for once:

    Denard Span went through batting practice, and Manager Ron Gardenhire said if Span arrives at the ballpark feeling good again Wednesday, he'll be in the starting lineup. Span would not play a full nine innings, but he'd get a couple at-bats and get a chance to get his feet wet again.

    Of course, he'll probably have a migraine tomorrow the way this season has gone.

    1. Of course, he'll probably have a migraine tomorrow be cleared to play and tear his ACL in his first game back the way this season has gone.

      Fixed to more accurately represent how snakebitten the Twins are this year.

        1. Prices for Twins tickets at work have dropped over the season. I think it was half-off for the game on Sunday. They've also taken longer to sell.

  3. So, Cuddyer now down below .280. Mauer finished with .289 BA. What were the stakes on that bet, and who were the parties?

    1. In more important news,

      Raise your hand if you ever thought you'd see those words typed in earnest here about the Lynx relative to the Twins.

  4. One benefit of listening to the game rather than watching it, everytime Gordo says "Vargas", I picture Chuck Heston in A Touch of Evil.

  5. Atteboy just informed the listening audience that Twins have lost (at least) the first two games of their last seven series at Target Field. That segued into some poor bastard stuck with trying to sell 2012 Season tickets. Good luck with that, buddy.

  6. I realize I'm awful, but I just don't want the Twins to win anymore this year. If they're gonna suck, then suck hard. Give us something fun to complain about. Something to tell grandkids about. "Well, in 2011, the Twins lost every game but two in September. One win for each concussion. Remember, Sonny, this is when the season was only 162 games and September was the last month of the regular season."

  7. I think the Twins would be okay without doing the whole "this game can not be disseminated" schtick these last few games.

  8. dick: "butera wears the conventional mask, rivera, the other twins catcher, wears the more conventional mask..."

    that quick, huh?

  9. The wind is crazy in the TC. I was trying to shoot some photos outside the studio, when I was blasted by a gust that sent gravel (and a plastic bottle) into my person. A reasonable guess would be a 40MPH wind.

      1. Well, the only way to have four consecutive batters reach without a run scoring is to have a runner thrown out on the bases and that came on a bad call. The Twins still could have had consecutive batters make outs and won the game if they put them in the right spots (long fly balls), so I'm not blaming the loss on the ump, but just saying it took some help from the ump to keep the game from being tied.

        1. Actually, what I mean is, if the ump makes the correct call, Tosoni would have an opportunity to tie it. If he duplicates what he did in the ninth, the game would have been most likely tied. I was really just noting the oddity of having four consecutive batters reaching base without a run scoring.

  10. In a span of four batters, the Mariners drop a popup, drop a soft line drive and botch a bunt and still protect a one-run lead.

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