The Twins made another groundbreaking free agent signing yesterday, adding veteran catcher Tony Wolters on a minor league deal. Someone tell the boi wunders that they are allowed to sign someone besides a catcher and the sneakily not-valueless Danny “extra letters” Coloumbe.
Wolters is a long-time MLB backup, so getting him to stash in St Paul is nothing but positive. He was a regular with the Colorado Rockies from 2016 through 2020, playing in roughly half their games each season. He made a small appearance with the Cubs and Dodgers respecitvely in 2021 and 2022, but primarily toiled at their Triple-A affiliate. He’s now at the age to be a “mentor” and seems to the perfect guy to be handling the Twins young pitchers. It seems that Christian Vasquez isn’t the only catcher who will be a benefit to the staff.
TFW’s nickname in Colorado was “papers” because he was always carrying around scouting reports, according to Purple Row’s Evan Lang — a long time friend of Twinkie Town. Evan also said he “adores Tony Wolters.” Another longtime FoTT, PR siterunner Sam Bradfield chimed in to say that “Tony is a good guy.” Sam even went on to back up my mentorship claim for me, with a great article about how both TFW and Drew Butera helped now Cubs catcher Dom Nunez on his path to the majors.
Wolters also is a very active player in giving back, a quick google search for his name reveals several results about his charitable efforts. He also has a lovely mustache, and one should not “dash on the ‘stache.”
The most interesting thing about him, however, is the fact a guy named Anthony John Wolters got the nickname TFW. The F stands for exactly what you think it does.
To once again quote Evan Lang, the nickname is because “Because Tony F*cking Wolters had the game winning hit in the 2018 wild card during extra innings.” This has to be the best nickname given to a Twins’ catcher since “Sexx Dragon.”
And, even if PR is one of the best sites in the network, you don’t want to give VOX a free click, here is the video version.