By La Velle
I’m hearing that Concordia baseball coach Lunch McKenzie is on my case after I suffered a brain cramp and wrote that his squad was playing the Twins today in an exhibition game.
Lunch, please have mercy on me while I go have my brain examined. I always look forward to your squad coming down every spring to face the Twins in exhibition games. I know you look forward to taking on your buddy Gardy and getting into arguments with Stelly.
The game, by the way, is scheduled for next Tuesday. My mistake.
Back to regular programming…
Craig Monroe reported around midday. I watched Tommy Watkins get hit where no man wants to get hit during catching drills. The drills actually were entertaining, as Terry Steinbach had everyone practice the proper technique for blocking pitches in the dirt. Steinbach is one of a handful of former Twins who show up for stretches of spring training to work with the team.
Hitting coach Joe Vavra has a thick stack of reports on all the new hitters in camp and likes what he sees out of many of their swings. He does want to figure out why Carlos Gomez doesn’t have more doubles. He said Michael Cuddyer and Justin Morneau appear to have made slight adjustments to their swings that should help them this season.
Morneau is one of the first players at camp each morning, arriving as early as 7 a.m. (Eastern) to work out before the workout.