By La Velle
I’m already headed to Detroit in advance of a huge road trip for the Twins. Got the Twins game on my computer (MLB.TV rocks) and saw Big Frank’s homer.
Frank leads all active players with 50 homers against the Twins, and he’s two behind Rocky Colavito for the all-time lead by a Twins’ opponent.
Anyway, it’s a lock that I’ll need to sleep for two days at the end of this trip. I’ve got two 4 a.m. wake up calls to make 6 a.m. flights during this trip, and I have to hurry out of New York on Friday morning to get to Chicago for the day-night doubleheader. Here’s where the mental challenge of being a seamhead comes in play…
Just picked up the USA Today, and I see that Twins’ first-round pick Ben Revere has been named to the All-USA high school baseball team. The kid already has been ripped because the Twins took him at 28 when others had him ranked much lower, but this honor can’t be ignored, plus he’s off to a good start (.350 avg, .458 OBP in five games)….
Most of you by now have read about the Twins’ interest in bringing back Jacque Jones. The chances have dwindled since the Cubs apparently have decided they can’t eat salary.
I’ve gotten some heated anti-Jacque e-mails, but I would have pulled the trigger if I only had to pay him $1 million from now through the end of 2008. We all know Jacque. First, he’ll be out of Chicago and back to a club that knows how to lift his spirits. He’d be batting seventh in the order, not 4-5-6 like he did when he was here the first time. And he’d cover plenty of ground in left field. Yes, his throws would scare all of us. But I’d bet he’d hit .275 with 12-14 homers and 45 RBI the rest of the season, which is way more than you guys are getting from left field, third base and DH right now. When and if Rondell gets off the RonDL, you’ve got a decent bottom of the order.
That’s all for now. I’ll podcast for Friday in advance of this big road trip.