Minnesota Twins Daily Morning Dip: Acquiring a Chance
Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, December 2nd, 2017
Welcome to the December 2nd 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
Australian Baseball League Update
Weather postponed much of the ABL on Friday night.
Dominican Winter League Update
Twins free agent catcher Carlos Paulino went 1-3 for Gigantes del Cibao with a run scored, but Gigantes lost 6-3.
Venezuelan Winter League Update
Willians Astudillo started for Caribes de Anzoategui in left field on Friday night, going 2-4 with a run and an RBI. Anderson Munoz threw two relief innings for Aguilas del Zulia in the game, allowing no runs, but giving up a hit and two walks.
Astudillo played left in the second game of the double header on the day as well, going 1-3 with a strikeout. Seriously. He actually struck out.
Twins confirm tenders to all 6 arbitration-eligible players
As reported yesterday, this is not exactly surprising news, but more a confirmation of what was known. Robbie Grossman remains the one with the most tenuous path to opening day of the six.
Twins hire McClure to staff
The Minnesota Twins are bringing on former big league pitcher and long-time pitching coach Bob McClure as senior pitching advisor. He will work with pitching coach Garvin Alston and the front office to emphasize the pitching philosophy within the organization.
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Notes from around baseball
- Yankees pick Boone as manager
- Posting system set for Ohtani
- Cardinals make push in Stanton sweepstakes
- List of non-tender deadline moves
- Moustakas, Holland named Comeback Players
- White Sox sign catcher Castillo
- Makita coming over from Japan
- Yanks coach Thomson joining Phillies
- Cubs sign reliever Alvarez
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One Last Thing
On this date in 1966, the Minnesota Twins made a trade with the Angels that sent outfielder Jimmy Hall, first baseman Don Mincher, and pitcher Pete Cimino to California in exchange for pitcher Dean Chance and infielder Jackie Hernandez.
Hall had burst on the scene with 33 home runs in his rookie season in 1963 and made the All-Star game the next two seasons as a power hitting outfielder, but by 1966, he had slipped to a .239 batting average, and he saw his playing time drastically decrease as his struggles against lefties became wildly exploited by managers, turning him into a platoon player.
Chance was the jewel for the Twins in the deal, and he turned into even more than they bargained for, as Chance had two of the three best seasons of his career in 1967-1968 before injuries in 1969 led to him being traded to the Cleveland Indians in December of 1969 in a package of players that brought back Luis Tiant to the Twins.
Over his time with the Twins, Chance went 41-34 in 104 appearance, 93 of them starts, hurling 664 innings with a 2.67 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and a solid 166/504 BB/K ratio.