FORT MYERS, Fla. Underneath Hammond Stadium, two former baseball players throw batting practice to current ones. The scene isn't that unusual for spring training. In this instance, several Minnesota Twins take their swings before a 10 a.m. "B" game against the Boston Red Sox.
At the far end of the cage, however, the two former players aren't just any ex-Major Leaguers. Paul Molitor and Rod Carew are Hall of Famers. They've combined for 6,372 hits and 40 seasons in the majors.
The former Minnesota greats have been helping the current Twins this spring in Fort Myers in more ways than just throwing BP. Molitor has worked especially close with some of the team's infielders, while Carew a seven-time batting champ who hit .388 with the Twins in 1977 has done plenty with Minnesota's hitters.
When either Hall of Famer player shares a bit of information, the young players in the Twins' camp become sponges, absorbing everything these two men have to say.
"Whenever those guys speak, you...