Previously on Twinkie Town:
- Round one of DJL44’s something-ith annual Twinkie Town Prospect Vote is finally here, so vote or you will be cursed by an evil internet witch.
- Look, I’m totally out of ways to describe Rival Roundups. It is news about the AL Central. By Brandon. Is good. Pls Click.
- Some White Sox hitters are due for regression, at least if you trust Jonathan Gamble. (Please be right, I want a stress free season where the Twins win one bajillion games.)
- JohnFoley is here askin’ the tough questions like You sure you want to spend a bunch of money on relief pitching, you dorks? Personally, I spend $0 on relief pitching and I seem to be doing alright.
Elsewhere in Twins Territory:
- Speaking of relief pitching, Fangraphs examined the lottery ticket that is Hansel Robles and his chances of paying off for the Twins in a big way.
- The very same site also released a list of Minnesota’s top 39 -annoyingly not 40-prospects, so if you want to refresh your knowledge to participate in our vote (or wholesale copy it to sound smart and finally impress the cool kids) this is a good place to start.
- You should all be pleased to know that the list above contains no fewer than two new Eds, so hopefully the Ed-shaped void in all of our hearts will be filled soon. And then there is Willie Joe Garry Jr. which absolutely should not be a real name and is probably a CIA plant.
- The Tweet I’m about to embed is a bit hard to follow because its a reply, but it seems the Twins are still in on a reunion with Jake Odorizzi!
Many. Odorizzi is still wanted, for one.— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) January 16, 2021
- MLB dot com tells the story of the chair that Harmon Killebrew’s 520ft dong landed on. You may have seen a replica of said dongchair bolted to the wall in the Mall of America, but apparently MoA employees just love stealing baseball memorabilia.
- Betsy Helfand’s got the scoop on the two baby shortstops the Twins officially signed on Friday as the International signing period started.
Around the World in Bases and Balls:
- If you have a The Athletic subscription, this retrospective on Curt Flood is probably the best baseball piece you’ll read in a while. Flood’s perseverance playing through the Minor Leagues in a still very segregated south and later sacrifice of legally challenging the now-infamous Reserve Clause that saw him largely kicked out of pro-ball deserves a blockbuster movie. And a plaque in the HoF.
- Old friend Martín Perez, the only MLB player to ever tell me on Twitter that they love me, signed with the Red Sox.
Free-agent left-hander Martín Perez close to agreement with Red Sox, source tells The Athletic. Deal will be for one year with a club option. Red Sox had declined Perez’s $6.85M option on Nov. 1.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 16, 2021
Today’s Soundtrack is Buck Bumble. Bum to the bum to the base. (!?)
Yes I’m having a hard time finding music to link after like 3 straight years of doing it.