Posted at 7:45 AM on February 14, 2008
by David Zingler
It’s been six years since the 2002 Twins put Minnesota baseball back on the map and silenced contraction talk with their run to the ALCS. Unfortunately, the years haven’t been kind to many of the stalwarts of that club. Here is a look at where the regular contributors of that memorable team are today:
C: A.J. Pierzynksi, White Sox – A mainstay on the South Side, Pierzynski was a key part of the 2005 World Championship team.
1B: Doug Mientkiewicz, Pirates (minor league) – The former Gold Glover spent last season with the Yankees hitting .277 in 72 games.
2B: Luis Rivas, Pirates (minor league) – After spending the 2006 season in Triple A before resurfacing in Cleveland for 4 games late last season.
3B: Corey Koskie, Free Agent – Koskie spent last year with Milwaukee before a head injury in July ended his season. The Minnesota resident is currently suffering from post-concussion syndrome. His career may be over.
SS: Cristian Guzman, Nationals – The enigmatic shortstop was off to a great start in 2007 before a torn thumb ligament in June shelved him for the season. He is entering the last year of a 4-year, $16.8 million contract.
LF: Jacque Jones, Tigers – Spent two years with the Cubs before he was shipped to Detroit in November.
CF: Torii Hunter, Angels: We all know about him already.
Bobby Kielty, Red Sox (minor league) – The red head split time with the A’s and Red Sox last year and picked up a World Series ring for his efforts.
Dustan Mohr, Free Agent – He appeared in 7 games with the D-Rays last year.
DH: David Ortiz, Red Sox: Do we have to go there?
Kyle Lohse, Free Agent – Pitched for the Reds and Phillies in ’07, going 9-12 with a 4.62 ERA.
Joe Mays, Free Agent – Went 1-2 with a 5.16 ERA in 8 starts at Triple A Las Vegas (Dodgers) last year. He’s likely thrown his last big league pitch.
Eric Milton, Free Agent – The once-promising lefty spent most of last season on the Red’s Disabled List.
Rick Reed called it quits after the 2003 season and Brad Radke retired in 2006.
Eddie Guardado, Rangers – “Everyday Eddie” suffered from elbow problems in ’07 and appeared in just 3 major league games.
LaTroy Hawkins, Yankees – The former closer inked a 1-year, $3.75 million contract with the Evil Empire in December. He’s pitched for the Cubs, Giants, Orioles and Rockies since leaving Minnesota in 2003.
J.C. Romero, Phillies – The set-up man revived his career in Philadelphia after being released by Boston last June, posting a 1.24 ERA in 51 games as a Phillie.