Twins Look To Kick Some Concordia Tail….

Posted on February 26th, 2008 – 9:25 AM
By La Velle

The Twins are working out before their late morning controlled scrimmage against Concordia. Infielders are practicing going back on pop ups shot out of a pitching machine.

“I think I’m faster than Justin Morneau,” one pressbox observer said after Morneau lumbered after a pop up.

It did look bad. In defense of Morneau, it’s unfair when we watch Nick Punto and Alexi Casilla chase down balls before his turn comes up.

The Concordia game is always a light-hearted affair since it gives Twins manager Ron Gardenhire a chance to needle his buddy Lunch McKenzie for a couple of hours.

But I’m looking forward to seeing Nick Blackburn throw. After chatting with him a couple of times, I can tell Blackburn’s confidence is sky high this spring after getting a taste last year.

Blackburn, Phil Humber and Kevin Slowey should have a nice battle for the back end of the rotation spots. Glen Perkins, too.

Various equipment companies show up throughout spring training to sell their goods to players. It just so happens this morning that Jim Anderson of MaxBat – a Minnesota-based baseball bat company – is at camp.

I profiled his company a few years ago and chat with him whenever he shows up at the park during the season. His company continues to grow. He handed me a slick color catalogue that listed 22 models he sells, including a BR1 (Brian Roberts) and a TH48 (some former Twins outfielder). Jim’s company now sells gloves and other equipment. Good for him. He’s a nice guy.

Batting practice just begun. Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau are clobbering balls all over the park. Poor Nick Punto. He’s in the same group with the M & M boys and the ball just doesn’t make the same sound off the bat.

Livan Hernandez warmed up and is now throwing b.p. Morneau continues to lace line drives. I know the Twins wanted an innings eater in their rotation but I just don’t know if Hernandez’s 85 mph fastball is a good fit for a DH league. Mauer is getting some shots in too. Man, his swing is vicious this spring…

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