Does having demonstrative players matter?

  Yesterday, Glen Perkins struck out the A’s Josh Donaldson, and started yelling some stuff. Who knows what was yelled, but it irked Donaldson, and he started to saunter over to Perkins. The Twins rushed to come between Donaldson and Perkins, the A’s spilled out of their dugout, there was posturing and warnings were given out. Ultimately, this will be a story that is forgotten...
Via The Rhino and Compass
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins show fight during mild, late-game altercation

MINNEAPOLIS -- By bench-clearing standards, what took place Wednesday between Minnesota and Oakland was relatively tame. But by the Twins' standards, the scuffle along the first base line during Minnesota's 7-4 loss was a bit out of character. It all started when Twins closer Glen Perkins struck out Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson for the final out of the 10th inning...
Via Fox Sports North
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – blown save day

It’s too early for teams to fret about their bullpens, right? Well…maybe not. Blown saves were in vogue on Wednesday. Joe Nathan blew his first chance as a Tiger. Glen Perkins shockingly blew one for the Twins. LaTroy Hawkins tried his damnedest to blow his first save attempt as a Rockie. Jonathan Papelbon imploded in Texas and made Phillies fans want to retch. Both Jason Grilli...
Via The Outside Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins Prank Wichita State Alum Mike Pelfrey With Fake March Madness Speech (Video)

Wichita State’s early exit from the NCAA tournament might have been disappointing, but the prank that the Minnesota Twins pulled on Shockers alum Mike Pelfrey was anything but. Before the No. 1 Shockers were bounced from the tourney by Kentucky, Glen Perkins and manager Ron Gardenhire decided to have a little bit of fun with their big right-handed pitcher. Gardenhire called Pelfrey...
23 days ago  |  Discuss

The Minnesota Twins Played A Delightfully Mean Prank On Mike Pelfrey

Minnesota Twins pitcher and Wichita State alum Mike Pelfrey was probably pretty bummed to watch his beloved Shockers lose to the Kentucky Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament, ending their undefeated season and run at a National Championship. He’s probably even more bummed because his manager, Ron Gardenhire, and teammate Glen Perkins decided to play a pretty hilarious prank on him...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins Play Hilarious NCAA Tournament Related Prank on Mike Pelfrey

Last weekend at the team’s spring training facilities, Minnesota Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire and Closer Glen Perkins played a hilarious prank on Pitcher Mike Pelfrey. Gardenhire called Pelfrey, a Wichita State alum, into his office to give the Shockers’ basketball team a pep talk over the phone before their game against Kentucky in the Sweet 16. However, Gregg Marshall and co...
Via Diehardsport
23 days ago  |  Discuss

For Twins closer Perkins, life is good at start of 2014 season

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Some of Glen Perkins' first memories growing up as a baseball fan were of watching the Minnesota Twins win the 1991 World Series. Scott Erickson. Frank Viola and Kent Hrbek, because they were lefties like him. Homer hankies. The ear-splitting Metrodome. Staying in his native Minnesota appealed to Glen Perkins and his family. That's why he asked for --...
Via Fox Sports North
28 days ago  |  Discuss

For Twins closer Perkins, life is good at start of 2014 season

Glen Perkins has a sizeable contract and ample confidence as the Twins' regular season nears.
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins 2014 positional preview: Relief pitching

This is the second in a nine-part series previewing each position for the Minnesota Twins leading up to Opening Day. The second preview examines the Twins' bullpen, one of the strong suits of last year's club. PROJECTED RELIEVERS RHP Jared Burton (2-9, 3.82 ERA, 61 K, 22 BB in 66 innings in 2013) RHP Anthony Swarzak (3-2, 2.91 ERA, 69 K, 22 BB in 96 IP) RHP Casey Fien (5...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

The Twins do care what you think!

From a strictly win-loss standpoint, the closer role is primarily a luxury. Who needs is a closer if you are so rarely in contention for a big win? And if your bullpen is solid, why do you need one guy in particular handling the final inning of certain games? I came to the opinion that most contracts given to closers were wastes of cash long before the majority of the league did...
Via The Rhino and Compass
March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Glen Perkins signs 4-year deal with Minnesota Twins

Glen Perkins and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a four-year deal that guarantees Perkins $22.1 million. Perkins, 31, eagerly approached the Twins in wanting a new deal and he was rewarded. “I approached them because I wanted to be here,” Perkins said.  ”I believe in what we’re doing here and I wanted to be a part of that.” Perkins saved 36 games last year for the Twins...
Via Sports-Glory
March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins nail down Perkins until '17

Glen PerkinsThe Twins signed closer Glen Perkins to a multi-year contract extension worth $21.5 million. The deal is good through the 2017 season with an option for 2018. Perkins has been successful since his move to the closer role in 2012 and saved 36 games for the Twins in 2013 with an ERA of 2.30. A Stillwater native, he's another hometown boy on the squad along with Mauer...
Via High Cheez
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Links of the Day 3/14/14

It’s pi day, nerds. Happy pi day. The Twins have re-signed Glen Perkins. The closer role is the most important role. There was quite a bit of controversy in the way the state tournament game between Shakopee and Hopkins was played , but it was an exciting end. The Vikings addressed an important concern via free agency, and seemed to do a good job with it. SCOREBOARD Big Ten Tournament...
Via The Rhino and Compass
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins sign closer Glen Perkins to extension

Glen Perkins was destined to stay in Minnesota, and on Friday the Twins made sure of it. Under contract through 2015, with a team option in 2016, the Twins have locked up Perkins through the 2017 season. Perkins is a native of Minnesota, who attended the University of Minnesota, so it’s easy to see why […]
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins sign closer Glen Perkins to contract extension

Glen Perkins was already under team control through 2015, with a team option for 2016, but the Twins and their 31-year-old closer have agreed to an extension that runs through at least 2017. Perkins is a Minnesota native who starred for the University of Minnesota and is very active in local charities (along with being a really good, fan-friendly follow on Twitter), so it’s no...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins give closer Perkins extension through 2017

Glen Perkins got a chance to be Minnesota's full-time closer last season. It looks like he'll be in that role for a while. The Twins announced they signed Perkins to a four-year contract extension through 2017 with a club option for 2018. Perkins had his 2014 salary restructured. He will now make $4.025 million this season, $4.65 million in 2015, $6.3 million in 2016 and...
Via Fox Sports North
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The four horsemen of the Minnesota Twins

When you look at this Minnesota Twins team on paper, there isn't a whole lot to be excited about. Sure, you have the usual names that you've come to know this club by (Mauer, Perkins, etc.), but it doesn't scream excitement in any way, shape, or form. Most of the intrigue for this team is in the farm system, where names like Buxton and Sano (though he's out for the...
Via The Outside Corner
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Spring training is fresh start as Twins begin fighting back

MINNEAPOLIS -- Hope springs eternal, and for fans of all 30 Major League Baseball teams, hope is always eternal in spring. That includes those who cheer for the Minnesota Twins, a club that grew accustomed to winning in the 2000s before three straight years of 90 or more losses from 2011-13. After going 66-96 this past year, it appears as if there's nowhere to go but up for the...
Via Fox Sports North
February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins players glad to have Gardenhire back as manager

MINNEAPOLIS -- Ask any member of last year's Minnesota Twins team about the reasons for their struggles, and none of them will point fingers at manager Ron Gardenhire. They know the blame falls completely on themselves. "You either have talent or you don't," said Twins closer Glen Perkins. "I think managers can do things to help good teams win more games, but...
Via Fox Sports North
February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins don't want strong bullpen to be best part of team

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins had the worst starting rotation in baseball in 2013, which meant their bullpen was among the most taxed. Yet despite the starters' inability to go deep into games, Minnesota's relievers proved to be a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing season. The 871 innings pitched by the Twins' starters were easily the fewest in the majors...
Via Fox Sports North
February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins announce Diamond Awards winners

MINNEAPOLIS -- A trio of Minnesotans took home the three biggest honors of this year's Diamond Awards, the Minnesota Twins' annual year-end awards. Catcher Joe Mauer, a St. Paul native, was named the Calvin R. Griffith Award winner as the Most Valuable Twin. Mauer batted .324 with 11 homers and 47 RBI in 113 games this season and also earned a trip to his sixth career All...
Via Fox Sports North
October 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Twins game delayed by apt metaphor

Visitor dugout in Oakland. Probably 4" of standing water/potential sewage. — Glen Perkins (@glen_perkins) September 21, 2013
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September 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Overflowing sewage hits A's ballpark

The Oakland A's dugout is full of crap, and that's not just a figure of speech. With the Minnestoa Twins in town on Saturday, a few inches of raw sewage backed up into the visitors' dugout before the third game of a four-game series. Twins closer Glen Perkins observed what he described as "potential sewage," and sent out a photo on Twitter. Visitor dugout...
Via Fox Sports
September 21, 2013  |  Discuss Coliseum Plagued by Sewage Problems Once Again, Visitor’s Dugout is Underwater After Heavy Rain (Photo)

Another day, another sewage problem at Coliseum. In what has become one of the more repulsive trends in baseball this season, the Oakland A’s are battling yet another issue with sewage. A small sewage leak on Tuesday night led to a bit of a mess in the home dugout, and after some heavy rain came down on Oakland on Saturday morning, they found the small mess had turned into...
September 21, 2013  |  Discuss Coliseum floods after rain

Bay Area rains Saturday morning have wreaked havoc on the Coliseum prior to the A’s-Twins game scheduled to start at 1:05. DON’T WORRY. The above photo is not over the sewage back-up described in the headline. Goodness, no. That would have been nightmare fuel for the rest of your life if it were. But that photo (via Twins pitcher Glen Perkins) actually depicts the flooded visitor’s...
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September 21, 2013  |  Discuss

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