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The championship series are set

Posted at 2:03 PM on October 11, 2005 by Ben Tesch

After a very wild divisional series — particularly the 18-inning epic in Houston and the Angels beating the Yankees in Game 5 so they can take a red-eye flight to play the White Sox the next day — the league championships get under way. The potentially tired and hurt Angels play the tan, rested and ready White Sox, and the dominant Cardinals will play the sentimental favorite Astros. Your thoughts?

The Twig retires

Posted at 2:16 PM on October 11, 2005 by Ben Tesch

From the AP wire comes news that Wayne Terwilliger, the 80-year-old manager who was once Jackie Robinson's backup as a player, retired Tuesday after 57 seasons in professional baseball.

Terwilliger spent the last three seasons as manager of the independent Fort Worth Cats, and he led to the team to the Central Baseball League championship this summer. He was the league's manager of the year.

When the Cats beat Shreveport 11-10 in extra innings on June 27, Terwilliger's 80th birthday, he joined Connie Mack as the only octogenarian managers in baseball history. Fort Worth was the 16th team Twig coached and his 12th minor league managerial job.

Twig got two World Series rings when was first base coach for the Minnesota Twins (1986-94), and he was on Ted Williams' staffs with the Washington Senators (1969-71) and Texas Rangers (1972). He is the only person to wear the uniforms of the Senators and the two teams they spawned -- the Rangers and Twins.

A season full of swings and misses...

Posted at 9:03 PM on October 11, 2005 by David Zingler

It was a long season full of bold predictions, knee-jerk reactions and lapses in judgment. Here are some of my best and worst:

On May 2, I proclaimed the “Fall of the Evil Empire.” At the time the Yankees were 10-15 and I predicted they would not make the playoffs. They finished 95-67 and won a tiebreaker over Boston to take home their 8th straight division crown.

On May 11, Jason Giambi was hitting .195 and declined a demotion to the minors for a tune-up. I chastised him. He went on to hit .271/.440/.535 with 32 homers.

On June 28, I said the Twins wouldn’t win the Central and most likely not the Wild Card, so they should try to unload some pricey veterans in the final year of their contracts like Joe Mays and Jacque Jones. Now the Twins will get nothing for those players.

On July 8, I called for the removal of hitting coach Scott Ullger. While Ron Gardenhire trails only George W. Bush in the unwarranted loyalty department, it looks like third base coach Al Newman’s departure could open the door for a new hitting coach (Paul Molitor?) with Brownie...err, Scottie moving over to Newmie’s old spot.

On July 16, I trumpeted Rafael Palmeiro’s Hall of Fame candidacy and professed my belief in his congressional steroid denial. That’s what I get for doubting Jose Canseco.

On August 2, I closed the book on the Twins playoff hopes and explained why it could be a good thing – ie, the Twins will finally address their festering offensive problems. Here’s to hoping I am (at least) right about that.

Comeback? From what?

Posted at 10:32 PM on October 11, 2005 by Bob Collins (1 Comments)

So Jason Giambi has won the comeback player of the year award. Granted this is now a fan-voted so New York, which pushed 4 million people through the turnstiles, are always going to win. That's fine.

But who nominated him and what was he coming back from? Steroid use? Is that an award now?

The nominees were: Giambi, Roy Halladay, Bob Wickman, Jay Gibbons, Barry Zito and Richie Sexson. No peeking: which one of these folks was the subject of leaked grand jury testimony admitting to the use of illegal drugs?

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