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The All Former Twins Team

Posted at 12:18 PM on April 26, 2005 by David Zingler

Position: Player, Team (2005 stats as of 4/25)
C: A.J. Pierzynski, White Sox (.259 , 1 HR, 2 RBI): Contributing to the front running White Sox, would probably still be a Twin if not for Joe Mauer.
1B: Doug Mientkiewicz, NY Mets (.262, 3 HR, 10 RBI): His solid glove stabilizes the Mets infield. With Morneau waiting in the wings, his departure was a matter of time.
2B: Todd Walker, Cubs (.381, 3 RBI): Currently on the DL, would look nice batting second in the Twins lineup.
3B: Corey Koskie, Toronto (.192, 3 HR, 9 RBI): Although Cuddyer is struggling, the Twins were smart to let the injury prone, inconsistent Canadian depart.
SS: Cristian Guzman, Washington (.171, 1 HR, 3 RBI): Blessed with immense physical skills, Guzman never fulfilled his promise in Minnesota.
OF: Casey Blake, Cleveland (.218, 2 HR, 6 RBI): Formerly a 3B, the grinder has out-performed the Twin at that position the past two years.
OF: Bobby Kielty, Oakland (.125, 1 HR, 4 RBI): Once a top prospect, Terry Ryan dumped him on Toronto for Shannon Stewart. Brilliant!
OF: Matt Lawton, Pittsburgh (.288, 1 HR, 7 RBI): The two-time All Star was dealt for starter Rick Reed in 2001. Probably didnít fit into the teamís long term plans.
DH: David Ortiz, Boston (.273, 7 HR, 16 RBI): One of the ALís best hitters, but probably wouldnít have reached his potential in Minnesota.

Player, Position, Team (2005 stats as of 4/25)
Henry Blanco, C, Cubs (.071): Twins wanted to keep him, but the all glove, no hit receiver found greener pastures in Chicago.
Chris Gomez, SS, Baltimore (.333, 1 RBI): Utility playerís journey continues in Baltimore.
Jose Offerman, 1B, Philadephia (.143): Reliable pinch hitter in í04 was happy to land a big league job in í05.
Dustan Mohr, OF, Colorado (.200, 1 HR): Currently on DL, will likely enjoy a long career as a reserve.
Michael Restovich, OF, Colorado (.346, 1 HR, 3 RBI): Minnesota native hopes for an extended big league look.

Player, Team (2005 stats as of 4/25)
Scott Erickson, Dodgers (1-1, 7.80): Despite a rash of injuries this millennium, the last active member of the 1991 Twins is still pitching.
Eric Milton, Cincinnati (2-2, 4.98 ERA): Solid, but scheduled to make $5.3 million in í05. The man he was traded for, Carlos Silva, will put up comparable numbers and earn $1.75 million.
Mark Redman, Pittsburgh (1-1, 2.39 ERA): Lefty continues to be reliable starter and bounce from team to team.
Kenny Rogers, Texas (0-2, 3.33 ERA): Veteran is key to Rangers post season aspirations.

Player, Team (2005 stats as of 4/25)
Aaron Fultz, Philadelphia (0-0, 1.93 ERA): Lefty relievers never die.
Eddie Guardado, Seattle (0-1, 3.38 ERA, 5 Saves): A two time All Star with Twins, would do anything to return.
Latroy Hawkins, Cubs (0-1, 5.14 ERA, 3 Saves): Blessed with a golden arm, unfortunately not a head to match. Is being eaten alive by Chicago media.

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