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Midseason awards

Posted at 10:16 AM on July 11, 2005 by Ben Tesch

ESPN's Jayson Stark gives out his awards for the half-year. The Twins' Jason Bartlett and journeyman reliever Terry Mulholland tied for 5th place for best injury:

Twins shortstop Jason Bartlett ripped off a fingernail -- in his hotel room -- while trying to rotate the TV so he could watch a basketball game. And teammate Terry Mulholland missed a game when he rolled over in bed and a runaway feather from his pillow decided to insert itself in his eye.

Also, noted baserunner Matthew LeCroy won the "base-stretcher" award:
LeCroy -- who is so nimble that the Twins have compiled an actual highlight video of the 8,000 times he has literally fallen down on the job -- is also one of those speedsters who makes Juan Castro look like Scott Podsednik.

But for some reason, he tried to go from first to third July 3 on what looked like a game-winning single by Mike Redmond. Which meant Torii Hunter (the runner on second) had to shift into late-breaking turbo to make sure he crossed home plate before LeCroy got tagged out at third.

Fortunately, LeCroy stampeded into third safely, with a slide that manager Ron Gardenhire said later looked more like "a man falling down a stairwell." So the run counted. The Twins won. And Gardenhire then told the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Jim Souhan: "My goal is always to watch Matty slide -- because when Matty slides, that's more entertaining than baseball itself."

I don't know how much I can disagree with his more "serious" categories, such as Derrek Lee and Vladimir Guerrero for MVPs, Roger Clemens and Roy Halladay for Cy Youngs, and Frank Robinson and Ozzie Guillen for best managers.

Searching for Steve Bartman

Posted at 2:22 PM on July 11, 2005 by David Zingler

Ever wonder what happened to Steve Bartman, the poor sap who was unfairly blamed for the Cubs 2003 NLCS loss to the Marlins? Me too.

ESPN.com's Wayne Drehs, a Cub fan himself, actually managed to track down the world's most infamous sports fan. With all the wacky rumors out there -- ranging from plastic surgery to a relocation to London -- you'll be surprised what Mr. Bartman is actually up to.

A team from the Boondocks

Posted at 3:40 PM on July 11, 2005 by Bob Collins (18 Comments)

I was leafing through the Strib this morning and one of the larger articles was speculation about who would be added to the roster at second base. Breathlessly, or it so it seemed in my no-coffee state, it was projected that Brent Abernathy would be added.

And then it hit me. Something that should have hit me months ago. The Minnesota Twins are trying to win a championship with a bunch of starters who should be the 25th guy off the bench.

Brent Abernathy, Luis Rivas, Michael Cuddyer, Nick Punto etc. Yawn. If these guys are starting for you or playing meaningful innings, you've got a problem. And so it comes as no surprise that the Twins have a problem. They've grown kind of boring in a .310 OBP sort of way.

So today we found out who would make this team interesting again. Bret Boone has been acquired for a player to be named later and some money.

Oh boy.

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