Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, January 4th, 2018
Welcome to the January 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 Organizational Scores
Australian Baseball League Update
The ABL returns to play today.
Dominican Winter League Update
None of the Twins’ participants in the DWL played on Wednesday evening in the playoffs.
Venezuelan Winter League Update
Caribes de Anzoategui lost their playoff game to Navegantes del Magallanes in a walk off on Wednesday night, 7-6. Willians Astudillo went 2-4 with an RBI and a strikeout.
Gregorio Petit started at shortstop for Leones del Caracas as they won their playoff game over Tigres de Aragua 7-5 on Wednesday. Petit went 2-4 with a pair of runs scored and a strikeout. He also added a pair of stolen bases.
Minnesota Twins news and notes
Twins sign minor league outfielder Buss
The Twins signed minor league outfielder Nick Buss to a minor league deal. Buss was the Pacific Coast League batting champion last season, but he also is 31 years old.
No media cover up in Sano situation
Patrick Reusse covers in his column that there was no media cover up of any of Miguel Sano‘s reported egregious actions, as has been rumored in a few places since the first reports came out.
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- Minnesota Twins: After missing out on Correa, what comes next?
Notes from around baseball
- Giants pursue bats
- Braves targeting Marlins Yelich, Realmuto
- Orioles unimpressed by Machado offers
- Royals, Padres both offer Hosmer 7-year deals
- Biggest January signings of 2000s
- Yu can go lefty!
- Padres coach Picciolo passes away
- Syndergaard preparing for 2018
- Edgar still practices hitting
- Erstad got himself an Ohtani shirsey
- Isringhausen’s HOF case
- Cubs still picking up pitching
- USA baseball changes bat rules
One Last Thing
On this date in 2002, in spite of the issue of contraction not being resolved, the Minnesota Twins went ahead in replacing former manager Tom Kelly, who had resigned in large part due to the uncertainty around the club’s future.
Minnesota hired Ron Gardenhire to be the club’s new manager, a post he would hold until 2014. Gardenhire had been with the team in a manager or coaching role in the minor leagues or majors since 1988, with the major league club full-time since 1991.
Gardenhire would go 1,068-1,039 over his 13 seasons as Twins manager, winning 6 divisional titles over that time with 5 90+ win seasons. He was awarded the 2010 American League Manager of the Year award.
Gardenhire will be in his first season as the Tigers manager next season.