Minnesota Twins Daily Dip: MVPark
Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, November 4th, 2017
Welcome to the November 4th 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 exchanged big innings early with Mesa before Mesa scored 2 to score a walk-off win in the 10th inning on Thursday. LaMonte Wade started in right field and went 2-4 with a double, walk, and a strikeout. Chris Paul started at first base, going 1-4 with a double, 2 runs scored, a walk, and a strikeout.
Surprise defeated Salt River 4-1 with an excellent team performance on Friday. Sean Miller started the game at shortstop, going 1-4 with an RBI. LaMonte Wade started in right field, going 1-4. With multiple arms going to the Fall Stars game Saturday, Ryan Eades opened the game on the mound for Surprise, going 2 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits and a walk. Tom Hackimer threw a perfect inning with one strikeout. Andrew Vasquez had a scoreless inning, allowing 2 walks.
Tyler Jay will participate in the Fall Stars game today.
Twins players totals in the AFL:
Chris Paul, 12 games, 48 AB, .250/.308/.375, 3 2B, HR, 3/13 BB/K
Sean Miller, 10 games, 38 AB, .316/.350/.342, 2B, 2 SB, 2/8 BB/K
LaMonte Wade, 15 games, 55 AB, .255/.369/.400, 3 2B, 3B, HR, SB, 8/8 BB/K
Andrew Vasquez, 8 games, 10 1/3 IP, 0.87 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 3/10 BB/K
Thomas Hackimer, 7 games, 8 2/3 IP, 3.12 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 5/8 BB/K
Tyler Jay, 7 games, 6 2/3 IP, 6.75 ERA, 1.95 WHIP, 3/7 BB/K
Ryan Eades, 8 games, 10 1/3 IP, 0.00 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 3/8 BB/K
Twins announce home Spring Training schedule
After Hurricane Irma cancelled the Minnesota Twins fall instructs, the organization has been putting time and money into rebuilding both their facility and the community of Fort Myers, and they released their schedule for the spring. If you’ve never been to spring training, it’s an experience that every fan should enjoy at least once in his/her life!
Sano to have surgery on his shin
The shin injury that led to Miguel Sano missing nearly all of the last month and a half of the season was much more severe than initially thought, and as discussed on Puckett’s Pond in October, it will end up requiring surgery.
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Twins lose 2 in early roster moves
The Twins opened their offseason late in the week by attempting to move some players off of the 40-man roster through waivers. Two of them, Randy Rosario and Daniel Palka, were claimed in the waiver process. Others cleared waivers. Some, like Niko Goodrum, will have the option to file for free agency after clearing waivers, so that is yet to be determined.
Notes from around baseball
- Houston celebrates with a parade
- Ohtani future still in talks between MLB, NPB
- Tanaka declines to opt out, returns to Yankees
- Pedro charity event raises funds for Puerto Rico
- Red Sox could target Hosmer
Next: Twins Bench Coach Options
One Last Thing
One of the most recent cautionary tales of Minnesota Twins forays into the Asian market won 2 of his MVPs on this day in 2012 and 2013. ByungHo Park had been fairly non-descript before 2012, never hitting above .265 and totaling 37 home runs in 5 seasons before 2012, but in 2012, in 133 games, he exploded for a .290/.393/.561 line with 31 home runs. He won the KBO MVP that season and repeated the award in 2013. He hit even better the next two seasons, totalling 105 home runs in 2014-2015.
The Twins won the rights to negotiate with Park with a $12M+ bid in the offseason after the 2015 season. He could manage only a .191/.275/.409 line with the Twins in 62 games in 2016 and struggled to a .253/.308/.415 line in AAA in 2017, putting his future with the organization in doubt.
So if you hear that the Twins are questioning the idea of getting into the bidding for Shohei Ohtani this offseason, Park is a big reason why!