Hey y’all! Some links.
- Jim Crikket talked it up with Jake Mauer, manager of the low-A Cedar Rapids Kernels, about what it’s like managing a team of superstar youngsters (2013) compared to now. Mauer also graded Brian Dinkelman’s first year as the Kernels’ hitting coach (“real good.”)
- Speaking of Mauers, Joe bought a $6.2 million house on Lake Minnetonka last week.
- Terry Ryan may have general managed himself and the Twins into a sticky situation, but my was he beloved around baseball, as this long, long piece by Bob Elliott makes clear. “Terry Ryan’s honesty, humility, and integrity are legendary,” one former scout is quoted as saying.
- Ryan’s firing also leaves other Twins employees wondering if they will be replaced. “It’s one of those things where you don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Jake Mauer. “It’s one of those things where we tell these guys who are all worried about who is doing this or who is doing what, that is stuff you can’t control. If you concern yourself with it, you become consumed with it, and that’s not good.”
- Twins 2016 first round draft pick, Alex Kirilloff, was named the Appalachian Rookie League’s player of the week.
- Brandon Kintzler is finally healthy and it’s paying off.
- Kurt Suzuki hopes to be back in the line-up today after taking a foul ball off his chin, requiring stitches.
- Reminder: Don’t boo A.J. Pierzynski!