Monday, March 25, 2013

Target Field Section 103 Field Box

Target Field Section 103 is part of the Field Box Section of brand new Target Field. The view from Target Field Section 103 is awesome. You have full view of the large scoreboard and a great chance at catching a foul ball. Minnesota Twins Tickets in section 103 are affordable and offer great field views. Located along the first baseline, every baseball fan is directly facing the huge, big screen, scoreboard that informs the crowd of the game score, who is batting, the statistics of the batter, and much more. All of the action is right in front of you and it's fun to sit on the Twins dugout side. Target Field offers plenty of concessions and stores throughout the stadium. A person can get anything from kettle corn at Angie’s Kettle Corn to a steak sandwich at Murray’s Steak Sandwich. Angie’s Kettle Corn is from North Mankato and is available throughout the Target Field stadium. Murray’s steak sandwiches are from Murray’s Steakhouse in downtown Minneapolis. Murray’s steak sandwiches are available at all of the Mill City Grill locations throughout the Target Field stadium including the stand outside of Section 105, right near Field Box 103!

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Target Field News

Target Field is the home field for the Minnesota Twins baseball team! There are a lot of people extremely excited to be back in an open-air stadium for baseball in the state of Minnesota! Target Field is located at 1 Twins Way in Downtown Minneapolis, which is on 3rd Avenue North, between 5th Street North and 7th Street North, in the Warehouse District.

Ground broke on the new Target Field on August 30, 2007, and anticipation has been growing ever since! There was hope at one point to have a retractable roof, but because of the cost, this was unable to happen, as it would have cost around $100 million extra to the already large cost of the stadium. However, Twins ownership did decide to upgrade to have a full roof canopy soffit to help protect the fans from the elements of possible cold/snow/rain that is quite possible during the early and late games of the season. The Target Field seating chart holds 40,000 Twins fans, which is considerably less than the former Twins home, HHH Metrodome, which could hold more than 55,000.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Justin Morneau from the MN Twins is HOT

Minnesota Twins First Baseman, Justin Morneau, was born Justin Ernest George Morneau on May 15, 1981 in New Westminster, British Columbia. He was a true athlete in high school playing baseball, basketball and hockey. He was even named the New Westminster High School Athlete of the Year in his senior year. Justin graduated high school in 1999 and immediately started his professional career on the Canadian World Junior team. He was intent to follow his passion – baseball.

Justin made his Major League debut in 2003 playing for the Twins. In 2004, he became the Twins' starting first baseman after the trade of veteran Doug Mientkiewicz to the Boston Red Sox. Many analysts and fans questioned this move, citing Justin's unproven fielding ability as compared to fan favorite Mientkiewicz's. Justin set out to prove himself and only committed three errors in 61 games in 2004 and showed great power swinging the bat.

A young hitter with raw power, Justin is willing to take big swings and a few strikeouts for the occasional homerun. He hit 19 homers in 280 at-bats. As his experience in reading pitches grows, he will only increase his homerun percentage. Justin has shown improvement in reading pitches, and by the end of 2004 he was able to foul off tricky pitches. He is a combative hitter who can draw walks when pitchers try to work around him. Justin has tremendous power when he pulls the ball and seems to be at his best when he waits on the ball and drives it to left-center and right-center.

Justin doesn't look like a natural as a base runner or a fielder. He looks awkward on the bases and hesitant to take the extra bag. He did show great improvement as a fielder as he adjusted to handling first base for the Twins. Justin learned quickly to scoop low and handle bouncing throws, but he needs to work on deciding when to cover right and when to let the second baseman have the ball.

After the drama of replacing Doug Mientkiewicz, Justin has shown to be a great hitter and growing in his defensive abilities. With only one injury after being hit by a pitch, Justin has remained healthy and through the 2004 season, he compiled a .259 batting average and 25 home runs in 114 games. In 2005, he led the Twins in RBI’s. Justin’s raw batting power is sure to make him the Twins' next Killebrew-a pure power hitter and run producer who will prove adequate in the field.

Meet Joe Mauer, Twins player and HOTTIE

Minnesota Twins Catcher, Joe Mauer, was born on April 19, 1983 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. A 2001 graduate of Cretin-Derham Hall High School in Saint Paul, Joe was a star athlete playing baseball, basketball and football. He was named the USA Today and Gatorade national player of the year as Cretin-Derham's quarterback. He was All-State in basketball and tied a national high school record by homering in seven consecutive baseball games.

He turned down a football scholarship from Florida State University to pursue his passion of baseball and enter the MLB draft. He was drafted in 2001 with the first pick of the first round, ahead of the Chicago Cubs' Mark Prior. He was the seventh Minnesotan to be selected in the first round and the first to be selected first overall. Joe's older brother, Jake Mauer, was also selected by the Twins in the 2001 draft as the 677th overall pick. Joe Mauer’s name on the Twins Roster has brought a lot of local excitement to the team and Joe has quickly become a hometown hero.
Joe hit the big league spotlight in 2004, after his predecessor, A.J. Pierzynski, was traded to the San Francisco Giants in the 2003 off-season. In his Major League debut, he went 2-3 with one strikeout. Sadly, he injured his left knee on April 6, which required surgery. After playing in the minor leagues to rehabilitate his knee, he returned to the Twins in June. In July, pain and swelling in his left knee forced him to stop playing for the rest of the season. This was a tremendous disappointment for an organization that traded away A.J. Pierzynski, based on the belief that Joe Mauer would catch 120 games.

Joe Mauer signed a contract with the Twins on January 24, 2005 for 5.7 million dollars. In 2005, he returned to the Twins' lineup, and had 144 hits in 131 games, ending the season with an average of .294. He is considered by many scouts to be the best catching prospect in the majors and is said to have one of the best swings in the majors. He has a smooth stroke with power and incredible eye-hand coordination.

Joe not only has the best swing, he has the best approach to hitting on the team. In fact, he has one of the smoothest, most effortless swings in the game, as well as a Barry Bonds-like knowledge of the strike zone. He can hit to all fields with power. His natural swing produces lots of singles up the middle, and he can easily go with the outside pitch or quickly pull the inside pitch.

Fast for a catcher, Joe's speed probably will be affected by the knee injury that ruined his rookie year. While he is a good base runner who is capable of turning gap hits into triples, he is not much of a threat to steal. Defensively, he has an excellent arm and quick release, and already is adept at blocking pitches. Although he took quickly to handling major league pitchers, he will need to learn the league to call a better game.

If he's healthy and can get 550 at-bats, Joe Mauer could be an All-Star. If the knee continues to bother him, the Twins may have to switch him to first or third base. If he catches, he will get more days off and do some DH instead. Joe Mauer has a chance to be one of the best players of his time…health willing.

Twins Baseball History

The Minnesota Twins Franchise was established in 1901 and has been based in Minnesota since 1961. The franchise originated in Kansas City, Missouri in 1894 and then moved to Washington, D.C. in 1901 when the American League was formed. The ballclub played in D.C. through the 1960 season and then moved to Minnesota.

In Washington D.C. from 1901 to 1960, the franchise was known by two nicknames, the Nationals and the Senators. During 1905 to 1906 the team actually wore "Nationals" on their jerseys. Otherwise, the jeriiseys either read "Washington" or carried a plain block "W". Newspaper articles for decades used the names "Senators" and "Nationals" (or "Nats") interchangeably. By the 1950s, "Nationals" was pretty much passé. In 1959 the word "Senators" finally appeared on their shirts. They and their expansion-replacement in 1961 would remain officially the "Senators", although space-saving headline writers would often refer to them as the "Nats.”

Thursday, March 7, 2013

MLB Network’s Top 100 Players Right Now Heading Into 2013

Here now are the Top 100 Players as listed by MLB Network.

100. Ryan Howard – 1B – Philadelphia Phillies

99. Sergio Romo – CL – San Francisco Giants

98. Yu Darvish – SP – Texas Rangers

97. Elvis Andrus – SS – Texas Rangers

96. Chase Utley – 2B – Philadelphia Phillies

95. Adrian Gonzalez – 1B – Los Angeles Dodgers

94. Jacoby Ellsbury – OF – Boston Red Sox

93. Victor Martinez – C/DH – Detroit Tigers

92. Jordan Zimmermann – SP – Washington Nationals

91. Michael Bourn – CF – Cleveland Indians

90. Aroldis Chapman – P – Cincinnati Reds

89. Adam Wainwright – SP – St. Louis Cardinals

88. Jon Lester – SP – Boston Red Sox

87. Mike Moustakas – 3B – Kansas City Royals

86. Brett Lawrie – 3B – Toronto Blue Jays

85. Michael Morse – 1B/LF – Seattle Mariners

84. Allen Craig – 1B – St. Louis Cardinals

83. Torii Hunter – RF – Detroit Tigers

82. Carlos Beltran – RF – St. Louis Cardinals

81. Carlos Ruiz – C – Philadelphia Phillies

80. Brian McCann – C – Atlanta Braves

79. Miguel Montero – C- Arizona Diamondbacks

78. Curtis Granderson – CF – New York Yankees

77. Jim Johnson – CL – Baltimore Orioles

76. Jason Motte – CL – St. Louis Cardinals

75. Ian Desmond – SS – Washington Nationals

74. Chase Headley – 3B – San Diego Padres

73. Adam LaRoche – 1B – Washington Nationals

72. Yovani Gallardo – SP – Milwaukee Brewers

71. Madison Bumgarner – SP – San Francisco Giants

70. Alex Gordon – LF – Kansas City Royals

69. B.J. Upton – CF – Atlanta Braves

68. James Shields – SP – Kansas City Royals

67. David Freese – 3B – St. Louis Cardinals

66. J.J. Hardy – SS – Baltimore Orioles

65. Kyle Lohse – SP – (FREE AGENT)

64. Wade Miley – SP – Arizona Diamondbacks

63. Johnny Cueto – SP – Cincinnati Reds

62. Jonathan Papelbon – CL – Philadelphia Phillies

61. Mariano Rivera – CL – New York Yankees

60. David Ortiz – DH – Boston Red Sox

59. Jason Heyward – RF – Atlanta Braves

58. Austin Jackson – CF – Detroit Tigers

57. Zack Greinke – SP – Los Angeles Dodgers

56. Chris Sale – SP – Chicago White Sox

55. Billy Butler – DH – Kansas City Royals

54. Bryce Harper – LF – Washington Nationals

53. Derek Jeter – SS – New York Yankees

52. Starlin Castro – SS – Chicago Cubs

51. Troy Tulowitzki – SS – Colorado Rockies

50. R.A. Dickey – SP – Toronto Blue Jays

49. Gio Gonzalez – SP – Washington Nationals

48. Matt Wieters – C – Baltimore Orioles

47. A.J. Pierzynski – C- Texas Rangers

46. Roy Halladay – SP – Philadelphia Phillies

45. Matt Cain – SP – San Francisco Giants

44. Pablo Sandoval – 3B – San Francisco Giants

43. Josh Willingham – LF – Minnesota Twins

42. Yoenis Cespedes – LF – Oakland Athletics

41. Matt Holliday – LF – St. Louis Cardinals

40. Ian Kinsler – 2B – Texas Rangers

39. Edwin Encarnacion – 1B – Toronto Blue Jays

38. Joe Mauer – C – Minnesota Twins

37. Jered Weaver – SP – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

36. Jay Bruce – RF – Cincinnati Reds

35. Justin Upton – LF – Atlanta Braves

34. Dustin Pedroia – 2B – Boston Red Sox

33. Paul Konerko – 1B – Chicago White Sox

32. Aramis Ramirez – 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

31. Brandon Phillips – 2B – Cincinnati Reds

30. Carlos Gonzalez – LF – Colorado Rockies

29. Ryan Zimmerman – 3B – Washington Nationals

28. Jose Bautista – RF – Toronto Blue Jays

27. Craig Kimbrel – CL – Atlanta Braves

26. Stephen Strasburg – SP – Washington Nationals

25. Jose Reyes – SS – Toronto Blue Jays

24. Yadier Molina – C – St. Louis Cardinals

23. Adam Jones – CF – Baltimore Orioles

22. David Wright – 3B – New York Mets

21. Buster Posey – C – San Francisco Giants

20. Cole Hamels – SP – Philadelphia Phillies

19. Cliff Lee – SP – Philadelphia Phillies

18. CC Sabathia – SP – New York Yankees

17. Andrew McCutchen – CF – Pittsburgh Pirates

16. Evan Longoria – 3B – Tampa Bay Rays

15. Giancarlo Stanton – RF – Miami Marlins

14. Albert Pujols – 1B – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

13. Adrian Beltre – 3B – Texas Rangers

12. David Price – SP – Tampa Bay Rays

11. Prince Fielder – 1B – Detroit Tigers

10. Josh Hamilton – RF – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

9. Joey Votto – 1B – Cincinnati Reds

8. Robinson Cano – 2B – New York Yankees

7. Felix Hernandez – SP – Seattle Mariners

6. Ryan Braun – LF – Milwaukee Brewers

5. Clayton Kershaw – SP – Los Angeles Dodgers

4. Matt Kemp – CF – Los Angeles Dodgers

3. Miguel Cabrera – 3B – Detroit Tigers

2. Justin Verlander – SP – Detroit Tigers

1. Mike Trout – LF – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim


We are disappointed to see only TWO Twins players on the list. Let's see if we can prove them wrong this season. 

Minnesota Twins vs Tampa Bay Rays

We hearty Minnesotans just faced a nice early March snowstorm that none of us were exactly too fond of. We got 9.3 inches of new powder to factor into the space management, but Minnesota Twins fans probably had their minds on 73-degree weather.

Yes, Tuesday’s high in Fort Myers was a lovely 73 degrees and if you had the great opportunity to be down there, you saw the Twins blow a lead and lose to the Tampa Bay Rays, 8-5.


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