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Joe Mauer To Sign 10-year Deal

Minneapolis media outlet WCCO, is reporting that The Minnesota Twins and AL MVP Joe Mauer are close to signing a contract that would keep the face of the franchise.  Infamous local insider Mark Rosen, is the man behind the report.  

“A source tells WCCO-TV’s Mark Rosen that American League MVP Joe Mauer has come to a preliminary agreement with the Minnesota Twins for a 10-year contract extension.”

“WCCO’s Rosen Monday afternoon reaffirmed that the framework of a 10-year agreement had been reached. He also noted that deals like this can fall apart late in the process and that the two sides were still working out final details on incentives.”

It seems that there is nothing set in stone, but both sides are moving forward. And this would point to the Twins deciding to do the right thing and secure one of the top three players in the game.  And, I am not sure I care about the price tag! 

FINISH THE DEAL!

Click here for the Wcco.com article.

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Quick Hits: 11/20/09

New Look Twins

The Minnesota Twins are heading to a new Stadium in the 2010 season.  And what do you do when you make a  majorchange?  You make another change, but not-so major.

The Twins showcased their new uniforms for the first season in the new pad.  Here is a gallery of photos from the Star Tribune.

At first look, I didn’t really see any major differences to the home jerseys, but I like the road jerseys.  Both are semi-retro jerseys that are a tribute to the 1961 uniforms.

That is outfielder Denard Span in the home white and pitcher Scott Baker in the road uniform.

I love the colors of the Twins.  Dark blue and red with white or gray.  My favorite colors of any Minnesota team.

College Basketball

I am watching an ESPN Classic game from Nov. 9th, 2000.  Kansas vs. UCLA played at MSG with lineups filled with future NBA players.

  • For Kansas: Kirk Hinrich, Nick Collison,  and Drew Gooden,
  • For UCLA:  Earl Watson, Jason Kapoano, Matt Barnes, and Dan Gadzuric.

Watching just a part of that game got me thinking about the depth of the those teams and of the top teams of this season.  Look at the top eight teams in this seasons ESPN/USA Today poll.  What do you see?  Teams that can easily go eight or nine deep.

  1. Kansas – We all know about Sherron Collins, Cole Aldrich and Xavier Henry.  But in the Morris twins, Brady Morningstar and Tyshawn Taylor ( and others), this team has a lot of players who played meaning minutes.
  2. Michigan State – This years Spartans exemplify the saying: “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.”   But they still have a go-to guy in Kalin Lucas – the Big Ten player of the year.
  3. Texas – The Longhorns not only have depth, but they have senior leadership.  In Justin Mason, Damion James, and Dexter Pittman – who is set for a breakout season.  Plus they have a killer freshmen class highlighted by Avery Bradley and Jordan Hamilton.
  4. UNC – The Champs have six players 6’8″ or taller and all of them should see playing time.  Plus they have Will Graves, Larry Drew, and Marcus Ginyard.
  5. Kentucky – Some guy named John Wall.
  6. Villanova – They are guard heavy led by Scottie Reynolds, and the Corey’s – stoke and Fischer.  Plus Duke transfer Taylor King adds fire power.
  7. Purdue – Do not forget about the Boilermakers.  Robbie Hummel, E’Twuan Moore , Chris Kramer, JuJuan Jackson, Keaton Grant, Lewis Jackson, plus a talented freshmen class.  PS – Out of all the players on the Purdue roster, only 3 are not from Indiana.
  8. Duke – Lead by Kyle Singler, Jon Scheyer, and Nolan Smith.  This years Blue Devils has more height in the Plumlee brothers, both are 6’10”, Brian Zoubek at 7’1″, and Ryan Kelly at 6’10” and they have freshmen Andre Dawkins.

Most every team would survive an injury to a major player (minus the backcourts of UNC and Duke and the frontcourt with Villanova), and that is what has separated the good teams from the great teams.

My early season Final Four: Texas, MSU, Kansas and Purdue.

Quick Hits: 10/09/09

Twins Need A Nap

After the greatest game in recent Twins memory finished on Tuesday night, the AL Central Champions jumped on a plane and did not get to NYC until 4 am.  And the Twins paid for it in their performance.

The Yankees have always been the kryptonite to the Twins Superman, but I do not see how the decision of when to play the first game of the playoffs can fall into the hands of the opponent.

MLB knew that the AL Central would come down to he Twins and the Detroit Tigers, and should have stepped in the moment they knew the 163rd game was needed.

Twins = The most exciting race that was left in MLB and an incredible 12 inning game in the last game of he regular season.

MLB = Thanks so much, but the Yankees want you to play in less than 18 hours.  So, you better get ready.

I understand NY using the advantage given to them, but I think that it is ridiculous that MLB allowed them to make the decision.

All in all, I do not expect the Twins to win the series, it’s the Yankees and the Twins are 0-9 when playing New York this season.

US Soccer

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The US team plays Honduras on Saturday in the second to last World Cup Qualifier.  With a win, the US books their trip to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup.  Will play Cost Rica at RFK in Washington, D.C. on October 14th.

Below are the Scenarios and then Group Standing from USSoccer.com going into the last two games.

The U.S. has to equal or exceed the number of points that Costa Rica earns hosting Trinidad & Tobago, which can be accomplished the following ways:

  1. A U.S. win (with any Costa Rica result)
  2. A Costa Rica loss (with any U.S. result)
  3. A U.S. tie with a Costa Rica tie or loss

Standings

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
United States 8 5 2 1 14 9 +5 16
Mexico 8 5 3 0 11 8 +3 15
Honduras 8 4 3 1 14 8 +6 13
Costa Rica 8 4 4 0 9 13 -4 12
El Salvador 8 2 4 2 8 10 -2 8
Trinidad & Tobago 8 1 5 2 8 16 -8 5

Previous Results Againist Honduras and Costa Rica from June 2009.

Date Match Kickoff/
Result
Venue
Jun. 3 Costa Rica vs. United States 3-1 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; San Jose, Costa Rica
Jun. 6 El Salvador vs. Mexico 2-1 Estadio Cuzcatlan; San Salvador, El Salvador
Jun. 6 Trinidad & Tobago vs. Costa Rica 2-3 Dwight Yorke Stadium; Bacolet, Tobago
Jun. 6 United States vs. Honduras 2-1 Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.
Jun. 10 Honduras vs. El Salvador 1-0 Estadio Olimpico; San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Jun. 10 Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago 1-0 Estadio Azteca; Mexico City, Mexico

PS – Midfielder Clint Dempsey is out injured – The guy in the picture is US Striker Charlie Davies.

Article From Yahoo.com on Landon Donovan

An article/interview from Yahoo Sports by Martin Rogers touches on obviously, his divorce to actress Bianca Kajlich and his new focus on his professional options in Europe.

Click here for entire post.

Other Random Bits

  • The Minnesota Vikings are 4-0 heading into a game in St. Louis against and team at is struggling – to say the least.  This game could get very ugly for the Rams.
  • I predicted the score of the Vikings-Packers MNF game at 31-21 in a MN win.  Not too bad the game finished 30-23.
  • There was a fight in an NBA preseason game between Miami Heat center Jamaal Magloire and Detroit’s Jonas Jerebko.  The both will suspended for regular season games, when they probably won’t play.  Oh well – I guess it is news – some how.
  • Jeff Jordan, Michael Jordan’s oldest son, is looking to return to the Illinois’ basketball team.  Retirement does not do that family well.
  • Hey, the NHL regular season started – did anybody know?
  • Joe Mauer should be the AL MVP.  And if first basemen Justin Morneau would have been healthy, they would have been the No.1 and 2 candidates.  When was the last time that happened?  Really?

Quick Hits 7/07/09

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Fourth of July.  I took the week off and was very much off-line and it was great.  And there is a lot of sports news to filter through.

American League All-Star 1BJustin Morneau

I follow baseball very lightly.  I keep track of the MN Twins and have a general understanding of everything else going on.

I saw the AL Starting Line-Up for the All-Star game and I am going to play the “homer” card here.  New York Yankees first base man, Mark Teixeira, was voted into the starting line-up over Twins slugger Justin Morneau and I have to say that I completely disagree.  I will file this under “East Coast/Yankees basis”, so I thought I would lay down some stats in some of the major offensive categories.

  • Hits: MT – 83, JM – 101
  • HR: MT – 20, JM – 21
  • RBI: MT – 61, JM – 69
  • AVG: MT – .273, JM – .323

Morneau also leads in OPS, SLG, and OBP.  But I do not really know the calculations that make up these numbers.

Morneau *Stats pulled from ESPN.

Ranks 3rd in AL in BA (.323) Ranks 2nd in AL in HR (21)
Ranks 2nd in AL in RBI (69) Ranks 8th in AL in R (56)
Ranks 5th in AL in OBP (.399) Ranks 1st in AL in SLG (.601)
Ranks 1st in AL in OPS (1.000)

Teixeira

Ranks 4th in AL in HR (20) Ranks 5th in AL in RBI (61)
Ranks 6th in AL in BB (48) Ranks 8th in AL in SLG (.546)
Ranks 8th in AL in OPS (.928)

Ok, I am done.  I think I have proved my point.  Morneau should start!

USA Soccer

I am a huge soccer rub and I watched the US team in the blowouts and the victories of the Confederations Cup and I was very impressed with the turn around Bob Bradley’s team made from the group stage to the finals.

The US team proved they can compete and are a legit top-15 team in the world, but they need to play more consistent.  As cliche’ as that sounds, the US was incredible versus Egypt, Spain and Brazil and then very “sheepish” against Italy and Brazil – the first time.Landon Donovan

Landon Donovanshowed he is a European level player, Oguchi Onyewu signed with AC Milan, and Jozy Altidore may get some time in Spain.

I am not completely convinced that Bob Bradley is the coach that can take the team to their full potential, but he did take a US team to the finals of a semi-major tournament that include soccer power houses.

There are concerns that the US brass to consider, but my major issue is this:  How the hell is Freddy Adu not on the pitch?  Other than Donovan and maybe Clint Dempsey, Adu is the most creative player on this roster who can create scoring opportunities in open play.

The back line is solid, goal keeping is top-notch, the mid-field is improved with Ricardo Clark playing the defensive holding midfielder, and speedster Charlie Davies is great counter-part to the strength of Altidore up front.

We will see how they handle the next step in the evaluation of a potentially strong team in the World Cup.

NBA Free Agency Grades

Rasheed Wallace to the Celtics = A.  This makes sense for both sides.  Wallace will get a chance at another title and the Celtics get KG knee insurance.

Hedu Turkaglu to the Raptors = B.  Portland would have been a good fit, but I the roster is similar to the Magic, it will depend on the style.

Trevor Arizia to the Rockets = C+.  Should have gone to LeBrons house.  Rockets are in rebuilding mode, but if he stays could be a crucial part of the foundation.

Ben Gordon to the Pistons = B+.  I don’t know what this means for Richard Hamilton, but Gordon can score and the Pistons needs help.

Charlie Villanuevato the Pistons = B.  Rasheed Wallace Jr.  He will have the oppurtunity to grow and become a major player.

Marcin Gortatto the Mavericks = C.  I am not sure why, unless he is there to replace Erik Dampier.

Ron Artestto the Lakers = A-.  This move has the potential to be messy, but Artest is a good player now.  Solid defensively and better than Arzia offensively.  Lakers are better.

Over all, the teams made themselves better.  Wallace and Artest are very short-term fixes, but their teams are pushing to the title now.  It will be a tough year in the East and Houston is going to struggle without Yao and who knows what they will get from Tracy McGrady.