Howdy folks! Here are the links:
- Fellow Cuban and Twins Great Tony Oliva reflected on the tragic passing of Miami’s Jose Fernandez on Sunday.
- The Twins held a moment of silence for Fernandez before Sunday’s final home game.
- Paul Molitor spoke of Fernandez as well. “It’s going to affect a lot of people in different ways,” Molitor told reporters. “But there’s no question this guy’s reputation of character and energy and passion — and some of the difficulties he had to overcome to find his way over here to play — those are all resonating very strongly and clearly today.”
- In slightly less depressing news, the Twins have been employing some guy—Dr. Rick Aberman—as their “director of peak performance” for the past nine seasons. What the hell has this guy been doing since 2010?
- The only one who has been at peak performance is Brian Dozier, who’s been slugging like a Hall of Famer.
- In fact, Team USA is trying to recruit Dozier for the World Baseball Classic next spring.
- Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors writes about the Twins’ three biggest needs, which basically boils down to hitting, pitching, and catching. So, um, yeah. Basically everything.
- Joe’s quads still hurt.