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I’ve got two boys that I’m raising and so far they have picked up none of my bad habits. Now that I’m a family man, I left the rock band thing that I did when I was younger. I spent age 17 to 35 or so moonlighting as lead vocalist with a little keyboard playing to help fill out the sound with different bands over those years, Ranging from high school garage bands to serious regional bands that toured a little and to local bands that got it’s ya-ya’s out in small clubs around the area. I was never close to the big time and never expected to get close; I just had a good time doing it. I realized I had to quit because my kids were young and demanding and it was too hard to function as a parent on Sunday morning when you got back from Warroad at . God, do I miss the band thing, but my life with my kids is beyond words and I have no regrets, just a little longing that would probably go away a couple of weeks later if I got back into it again.
My life is Family, Work and Youth Sports right now and it’s been blur.
The Twins had to go 12 innings to beat the Houston Astros last night 9-6. Brian Dozier hit another home run... His 17th of the year. Who would have thought that Brian Dozier would lead the Twins in Home Runs in September.
Glen Perkins who has been very good all year long as closer for the Twins blew a 3 run save oppotunity by giving up a two strike two out three run homer in the ninth. Glen clearly didn't have it last night because a 3 run lead against the worst team in the majors would have to be considered about the easist save you could possibly get and it didn't happen. So the Twins had to go 3 extra innings to finally win the game.
Minute Maid Park in Houston is an interesting stadium. The 1st time I saw Minute Maid park on television many years ago... I though it was kind of cartoonish. As time has gone by... I've learned to like the intentional nuance built in.
Whoever designed the stadium clearly was trying to build a modern unique park... Kind of like Fenway is a unique park. In Left Field they have the Crawford Boxes. The Crawford boxing seats jut into the left field making left field a short 315 feet from home plate. What would be a fly ball in most parks are home runs in Houston. That home run advantage is made up in center field because in Center they have Tal's Hill. The CF wall is 436 feet from home plate with an actual hill with a flag pole that is in play.
I'm glad the Houston Astro's are in the American League now because I will be able to watch Twins Games at the park every year. Minute Maid park in Houston joins AT&T Park in San Francisco and Fenway Park in Boston as my favorites and they are my favorites because they are clearly unique.
Down on the farm... The Minor league regular season has come to close. AAA Rochester made the playoffs and game one is tonight against Pawtucket. Rochester has a few Twins from this year on the roster. Aaron Hicks and Chris Parmelee along with Pitchers Scott Diamond, Kyle Gibson and PJ Walters. Vance Worley and Nick Blackburn are also on the roster but on the disabled list.
High A Ft. Myers is also in the playoffs. The #1 Prospect in all of baseball Byron Buxton is playing CF for Ft. Myers. Byron is a player that can do it all. Incredible defense in CF, a plus plus throwing arm, world class speed, the ability to flat out hit with a little home run power to boot.
In AA... New Britain failed to make the playoffs so the year is officially over for the Twins #2 ranked prospect and top 5 prospect in all of Baseball Miquel Sano. Sano split his time with High A Ft. Myers and AA New Britain. He ended up with 35 home runs combined although his batting average at AA was a little on the low side at .236 but that average was improving after a very slow start. After hitting 16 home runs at Ft. Myers. Sano moved up a level and at AA New Britain Sano hit 19 home runs in 276 at bats. That's a dinger every 14.5 trips to the plate. This is why Sano is considered the top power hitting prospect in the minors.
Who knows when we will see Sano with the Twins... He's still young at 20 years old. If he can get off to a decent start next year at AA or AAA. We could see him as an injury replacement next year around June but Sano has to look like he is ready to take the league by storm. Right now he doesn't because he has been an all or nothing power hitter type.
The Twins are going to try and be patient with him. They do not want to rush him for financial and player growth reasons. The Financial reason is because the sooner he plays major league baseball... The Sooner is clock starts and the sooner he is eligible for a large multi year deal. If the Twins call him up to soon... Sano will be hitting his prime when he is eligible for free agency. The Player Growth reason is that he still needs to work on his contact rate. He strikes out too much and his defense while much better still needs improvement at 3B. If the Twins were to rush him... We could get sub par play from him while he burns service time and that would give us a shorter window to keep him at a entry level salary.
As badly as I want to see him start his MLB career with the Twins. I know it's best to be patient and wait until there is no doubt that he will step into the lineup and dominate.