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Monday Morning Minnesota: Mom says to get some rest

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She also probably wants you to eat a vegetable and call her

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Tawny is still on an alien hunting tour with Jose Canseco, (or something,) so you all are stuck with me today. I promise all my jokes will be bad, but the links will be good-ish. Fair enough?

Some of the stuff we’ve done here lately, TJ is bad at doing link dumps, so it’s been a bit

But TJ, other people write about the Twins too!

  • The always excellent Pat Borzi at the Minnpost wrote an interesting look into the struggles Rocco Baldelli has had giving his players rest days this season. Rocco’s mom apparently thinks the Twin’s manager needs to “limit stress and get his rest.” All our moms tell us that, Mrs. B.
  • P.S. Mom, if you’re reading this, I’m fine, I’m eating well, and I promise I’ll call soon!
  • Jon Tayler (who would drop the ‘a’ out of his name if he wanted to be cool, all the cool people are named “Tyler”) wrote up his take on the best trade for every AL team to make. He suggested the Twins pick up a left-handed reliever, but not a name we have talked about a whole lot yet.
  • Trevor May is annoyed at you guys. Not most of you, but those of you who get on social media and get all negative. You folks should probably stop, seriously.

As odd as it sounds, there are baseball teams outside Minnesota to talk about:

Old Timey Baseballer of the day?

One of my favorite segments that appears here from time-to-time is the old-timey baseball player of the day. I think I want to try that out. Today’s old-timey player is Millard “Dixie” Howell, who was a pitcher from 1940 to 1958, with a break in the middle due to certain world events happening in the early 1940’s. Despite technically debuting in 1940, his rookie season is considered 1955, and he threw a no-hitter in 1950 as a member of the old Minneapolis Millers. He also holds a couple spots in the MLB odd records book, as his write-up on baseball-reference notes:

Dixie Howell holds three of the weirdest major league records. First, Howell’s 1957 batting line is the all-time single-season record for most hits (5) without a single, tied with Rick Wrona in 1994. Second, he is the last relief pitcher to hit two home runs in one game: he did this against the Washington Senators on June 16th that year. Third, Howell holds the record for the longest time between when he first pitched in the majors and when he got his first victory. He broke in during the 1940 season, with the Cleveland Indians but didn’t get a major league victory till 1955, hi rookie season with the Chicago White Sox at age 35, when he got 8.

Video Game Music for your Monday:

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