Minnesota Twins Daily Morning Dip: Contraction averted

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 9: Four fans of the Minnesota Twins and one of the Anaheim Angels show their excitement before game two of the American League Championship Series on October 9, 2002 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Angels won 6-3. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 9: Four fans of the Minnesota Twins and one of the Anaheim Angels show their excitement before game two of the American League Championship Series on October 9, 2002 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Angels won 6-3. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) /
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Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, February 4th, 2018

Welcome to the February 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
Brisbane’s games against Melbourne have been cancelled due to weather this weekend.

Caribbean Series Update
The Caribbean Series is played each year with the winning team from each of the Venezuelan, Dominican, Puerto Rican, and Mexican Winter Leagues in a five-team tournament with Cuba participating as well.

Venezuela defeated the Dominican Republic 15-4. Willians Astudillo played left field for Venezuela, going 3-5 with a double and a pair of RBI.

Player Stats (just in the Caribbean Series, not the entire winter):
Willians Astudillo, 9 PA, .333/.333/.444, R, 2B, 2 RBI

Minnesota Twins news and notes

Rodney out to prove age doesn’t matter
In an interview with MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Fernando Rodney discussed his work to get himself ready for each season and his desire to continue being successful into his 40s.

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Notes from around baseball

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One Last Thing

On this day in 2002, the Minnesota Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of an injunction that forced the Minnesota Twins to fulfill their lease with the Metrodome. This required the Twins to play in the facility, legally ending MLB’s option to contract the team.

It ended an offseason of turmoil that cost the Twins their most successful manager right as the organization was on the cusp of another competitive cycle. Tom Kelly resigned in the 2001-2002 offseason, primarily due to the threat of contraction and uncertain future of the club.

The club would hire Ron Gardenhire on January 4th, 2002 and go on to win 94 games and reach the ALCS in 2002.

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