Posted at 12:39 AM on September 6, 2005
by Josh Lee
I didn't catch yesterday's game; it was a holiday, there was grilling to be done, and someone -- namely, my friends with big grilling apparatuses -- had to do it (my job was merely to consume the fruits of their labor, or meats of their labor, as the case may be). So I missed the Twins' 7-0 loss to Texas, which was probably a good thing, since it was, by all accounts, the kind of game that just makes you angry. It's one thing to take advantage of other teams' sloppy fielding, as Nick "Leading the League in Walkoff Bunts" Punto can attest to, but to be the slop-fielding team that hands games to opponents on a platter, and then drops the platter -- that's just galling.
Apparently Carlos Silva found the team's performance more than a little galling himself, and wasn't afraid to say so. His ranting sure beats the coaches' usual party line of "the players played their tails off, they just got a few bad breaks." It was clear months ago that the team needed a kick in the pants that it just wasn't getting, and even though it's probably too late to do any real good now, it's kind of nice to see someone taking things seriously. The team's happy-go-lucky, one-big-happy-family attitude was great when they were overachieving their way to division titles, but when they're underperforming, you need someone who's willing to prod the players out of their funks. To put it another way: we probably wouldn't find the Red Sox's cowboy-idiot routine to be so cute if they weren't leading the majors in runs scored.
Silva's calling-out of the lineup may be the leadership the team has been lacking, or it may be a case of kicking the team when it's down. Either way, it's better than complacent mediocrity.
Posted at 12:42 PM on September 6, 2005
by Ben Tesch
The Rookie League Elizabethton Twins won the Appalachian League Championship. It was the fifth championship for manager Ray Smith, who was also named the league's Manager of the Year for the fifth time.
In only his first year of AA ball, New Britain Rock Cats first baseman Daniel Matienzo is at the top of the league leaderboard in many statistical categories. He is currently second in hits with 146, second in doubles with 34, third in extra-base hits with 59, fourth in RBI with 87, and third in home runs with 23.
AAA second baseman Luis Maza was named the Twins' minor league player of the month for August. Maza batted .323 with seven homers and 25 RBI in 27 games. Class A Beloit RHP Kevin Slowey was named the pitcher of the month for August. Slowey was 3-1 with a 1.85 ERA while allowing 18 hits and totaling 38 strikeouts in 34 innings in five starts.
The "big" club has also called up some extra farmhands, such as right-handed reliever Travis Bowyer, catcher Chris Heintz, and the familiar faces of Luis Rodriguez and Luis Rivas.