Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, October 20th, 2017
Welcome to the October 20th edition of the Daily Dip, your daily piece of news and notes here on Puckett’s Pond, offseason edition. You’ll find the most recent news of the Minnesota Twins organization, stories from around the game, and links to any information you may want to know about the Minnesota Twins or baseball as we work our way through the hot stove season!
Minnesota Twins Scores, News and Notes
Arizona Fall League Update
Surprise jumped out to a quick lead over the Solar Sox of Mesa, scoring 3 in the bottom of the 1st, but then Mesa scored 3 more in the top of the 2nd. The teams were tied at 4 at the end of regulation before Mesa scored a pair of runs in the top of the 10th. Sean Miller got the start at DH went 0-4, striking out once. Andrew Vasquez struggled for the first time, allowing a run in his inning of relief allowing a pair of hits, striking out 2. Tom Hackimer threw two perfect innings, striking out 1.
Twins players totals in the AFL:
Chris Paul, 5 games, 22 AB, .318/.348/.364, 2B, 1/3 BB/K
Sean Miller, 5 games, 19 AB, .211/.250/.263, 2B, 1/4 BB/K
LaMonte Wade, 6 games, 22 AB, .136/.269/.182, 2B, 3/2 BB/K
Andrew Vasquez, 4 games, 4 2/3 IP, 1.93 ERA, 0.64 WHIP, 0/6 BB/K
Tom Hackimer, 3 games, 4 IP, 2.25 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 1/3 BB/K
Tyler Jay, 3 games, 3 IP, 0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 0/4 BB/K
Ryan Eades, 3 games, 3 IP, 0.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 1/2 BB/K
Surprise will play Mesa at 2:30PM today.
Per sources, the Tigers are finalizing a deal to bring in former Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire to be their next manager. Gardenhire spent the last season working as the bench coach with manager Torey Lovullo and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Gardenhire was fired as the Twins manager after the 2014 season after spending 13 years at the helm, leading the team to 6 postseason appearances.
Playoff games yesterday
Los Angeles Dodgers 11, Chicago Cubs 1
The Dodgers blew out the Cubs from the get-go in game 5 to earn their way to the World Series. Enrique Hernandez had a huge game, hitting 3 home runs and driving in 7 runs. Charlie Culberson had a triple and a pair of singles. Chris Taylor had a double, a walk, and a single. Cody Bellinger had a double and two singles. Clayton Kershaw had a great start, going 6 innings, allowing a solo home run as part of 3 hits and a walk, striking out 5.
Justin Turner and Chris Taylor were selected as co-MVPs for the NLCS. The Dodgers now will await the winner of Yankees/Astros.
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Playoff games today
Notes from around baseball
- Magic Johnson’s reaction to grand slam
- Baez fist bumps Dodgers catcher after strike out
- Billy Bean discusses MLB’s movement against bullying and support for LGBTQ youth
One Last Thing
One thing that is incredible to consider is that Ron Gardenhire will not be near the oldest manager in the league right now. There are 9 managers currently older than Gardenhire with multiple managerial positions still available to be filled. Gardenhire turns 60 next week.
Even more incredible to consider is that Tom Kelly has been retired for 15 years now, and he would still not be the oldest manager in the major leagues – that title goes to the Nationals skipper Dusty Baker. During the season, Baker was one of two managers older than Kelly’s 67 years age, but Terry Collins departed from the Mets after the season, leaving just one older than Kelly, but he’s still got plenty of fellow 60 year-old managers to where he wouldn’t be THAT much older if he was still in the game.