Wide-eyed Rookie v. Reigning Cy Young Award winner
Mejia v. Porcello.
Let's hope last night's defensive lapses and poor decision-making on the base paths were simply an aberration due to the wet conditions and localized lightning strikes.
Let's hope the bullpen continues to pitch well competently.
Let's also hope that the boys bring their bats and see the early-June 2017 (5.00 ERA) Porcello because last night, they sorta made Drew Pomeranz look like circa-2016 Porcello.
Finally, let's also hope that the young "core" of Polanco, Kepler & Sanó can get their mojo back, who after good-to-great months of April & May are respectively slashing .231/.273/.308, .217/.244/.349 and .239/.309/.466 for June.
(I know it's been less than a month, but we should probably try to nudge this back towards its normal programming slot.)
Since we're living in the Golden Age Of Television™, it's probably worthwhile to discuss TV's Oscar awards (better known as the Emmys). What's been your favorite TV shows of late? Any deserve special recognition? Admittedly, I don't watch enough TV to properly say who actually deserve a nomination. I can only say that if Zach Woods doesn't get something, I'll consider the Emmys an exercise in futility.
Zack Granite just keeps hitting as Nik Turley has a good start. Cody Stashak makes his third straight good start. A bullpen game doesn't go well for the Kernels. Jordan Gore is off to a good start. Nick Tepesch has a rough rehab start. Estamy Urena continues to hit.
Ken Williams (1890)
Haruyasu Nakajima (1910)
A. Ray Smith (1915)
Oscar Rodriguez (1931)
Fred Gladding (1936)
Ron Luciano (1937)
Al Downing (1941)
Fred Talbot (1941) Don Baylor (1949) Chris Speier (1950) Joe Sambito (1952) Clay Christiansen (1958)
John Elway (1960)
Jay Schroeder (1961)
Mark Grace (1964) Ron Mahay (1971) Corey Koskie (1973) Richard Hidalgo (1975)
Brandon Phillips (1981)
Haruyasu Nakajima is in the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame.
A. Ray Smith owned minor league baseball teams from 1961-1986.
Oscar Rodriguez is in the Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame.
Ron Luciano was an American League umpire from 1969-1979.
NFL quarterbacks John Elway and Jay Schroeder each played minor league baseball. Elway hit .318 in 151 at-bats as an outfielder for Class A Oneonta in 1982. Schroeder was primarily an outfielder for four years in the Toronto system, never getting higher than Class A. He hit .213 with 36 homers in 1,304 minor league at-bats.
Mark Grace was drafted by Minnesota in the fifteenth round of the January draft in 1984, but did not sign.
Zack Granite may force his way onto the Twins whether they have a spot for him or not. The Lookouts missed a chance in the first and didn't get another. A rare poor start for Tyler Wells. Not much offense for the E-Twins. Royce Lewis and Jean Carlos Arias led the GCL Twins, as Justin Haley starts his rehab. The DSL Twins get a split.
Rube Benton (1890)
Fred Saigh (1905)
Dick Terwilliger (1906)
Wendell Smith (1914)
Lou Kretlow (1921)
Gus Zernial (1923) Wayne Terwilliger (1925) Charles Bronfman (1931)
Chuck Coles (1931)
Eddie Kasko (1932)
Rico Petrocelli (1943)
Takashi Nishimoto (1956)
Jeff Conine (1966)
Jim Edmonds (1970)
Daryle Ward (1975)
Chris Woodward (1976) Luis Rodriguez (1980) Jim Johnson (1983)
Fred Saigh was the owner of the St. Louis Cardinals from 1947-1953, selling to Anheuser-Busch.
Wendell Smith was an African-American sportswriter who was influential in the choice of Jackie Robinson as the first African-American major league player.
Charles Bronfman was the owner of the Montreal Expos from 1969-1991.
Takashi Nishimoto was a star pitcher in Japan from 1977-1993.
Daryle Ward is the son of ex-Twin Gary Ward.
We would also like to wish a happy anniversary to MagUidhir's brother.