Found December 26, 2011 on
While it was a frustrating year for the Twins, there were plenty of positive moments too, such as Francisco Liriano's no-hitter, Bert Blyleven getting inducted into the Hall of Fame and Jim Thome's 600th homer. Here are the five biggest storylines that played out over the past 12 months.

“What If” The Platoon Works at First Base?

Ryan Howard seen here in happier times. Photo by Ian Riccaboni Starting this Tuesday and continuing each Tuesday, Ian Riccaboni will pose, and attempt to answer, an outside the box question that may effect the Phillies’ 2012 season.The Big Piece was last seen by many Phils fans writhing in pain a few feet up the first base line watching the eventual World Series-winning Cardinals...

Thome's historic moonshot still resonates

Even months after his historic trot around the bases, reality is still sinking in for Jim Thome. That powerful swing, a slice through the night that spawned one of his signature shots to the opposite field, propelled the Pride of Peoria into an elite class of legends.

Digging Through My Baseball Cards

One again we are going to class it up by digging through cards that were in a protective case. I feel more ashamed about thinking that these cards could be worth something one day than the fact that I’ve seen both Limp Bizkit and Vertical Horizon in concert. 1. Eric Metcalf, 90′ Topps “Topps Super Rookie” – He was one of the few players in the last 20 years to have ...

The Man Who is the Reason for the Phillies Success: Ed Wade?! A Look Inside the Numbers

There’s no doubt that the Philadelphia Phillies are in an elite class of baseball teams today. There’s no doubt they were a special team when they won the World Series back in 2008. There’s no doubt that all of the success of this success is due to Pat Gillick and Ruben Amaro Jr., right? Both in their tenure made a few big additions by adding the likes of Brad Lidge, Roy Oswalt...

Video: Pedro Still Has Love For The Red Sox

Interview is from earlier in the month, but nice to see Pedro back in town and to hear his thoughts on the Sox.

Phillies on First

Ian Riccaboni wonders what happens if the Phillies fill-in platoon at first base works. He suggests that the first baseman used against lefties might continue in that role, since Ryan Howard doesn’t do all that well against lefties, and the platoon gives the big slugger time off to recover. My guess is money trumps all. The Phillies are not paying Ryan the big bucks to sit...
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