Familiar faces of stardom: Eight former Twins fill All-Star rosters

  • Article by: La Velle E. Neal III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 16, 2013 - 5:50 AM

The All-Star Game will feature Joe Mauer, Glen Perkins and a bunch of their former teammates in Minnesota.

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nickherbstJul. 16, 1312:51 AM

If only we had a good GM who could keep talent here (or if the Pohlads weren't stingy). Can you imagine what things might have looked like for us if we knew how to keep these guys?

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comment229Jul. 16, 13 5:28 AM

And don't forget the ones doing well that did not make the all star team... IE ... Garza and Revere... I haven't checked, but I don't think they were on the all star rosters. This all speaks volumes doesn't it?

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comment229Jul. 16, 13 5:31 AM

PS..... and don't be dismayed twins' fans... because we have the M&M boys here and will do anything to keep them here and how has that worked out for this organization over the past three/four years? I think I know what the problem is that needs to be fixed though. We need to keep Gardy and one pitching coach and fire the rest of the coaching staff who obviously are not doing their jobs. And let's not forget that a spanking brand new state of the art (almost) ballpark will bring in the masses and generate enough money to..... oh, forget it....

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jastkeJul. 16, 13 6:09 AM

I don't think the Twins made a bad baseball decision not to keep Ortiz after 2002. If they did then so did 28 other teams. The only offer Ortiz got was a minor league contract with Boston. Boston just got very lucky that Ortiz and his roids did well after that.

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rms316Jul. 16, 13 6:23 AM

Kirby Puckett was about the only guy who was allowed to take his hacks like he wanted to. Ortiz, Cuddyer, Hunter and a number of other hitters, were told to hit an entirely different way. Once they left, they became better hitters and hitters for power.

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vikings1Jul. 16, 13 6:35 AM

Avg age of the former Twins on the All Star team is 35. Next year most of the former Twins on this years team won't be All Stars. Only casual fans would speculate and whine about a handful of former Twins having career years that the Twins failed to keep. I still don't see anyone complaining about Ryan letting go of Casilla, Valencia, Slowey, Pavano, Capps, etc...yet lets cherry pick the handful of former Twins having good years and bash the Twins.

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michaelfossumJul. 16, 13 6:46 AM

It's refreshing to know that the Twins staff is so adept at assessing MLB talent. If not for the "Twins Way," it would be distressing to know where the Twins would be now, or for the last three years...

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ollie3Jul. 16, 13 9:44 AM

"I still don't see anyone complaining about Ryan letting go of Casilla, Valencia, Slowey, Pavano, Capps, etc"-----because they stunk while they were here. Hunter, Cuddyer, and Ortiz were productive when they were here. But keep on cheering for a management group that's putting together it's 3rd straight 90 loss team. I mean hey, they saved $3 million by not re-signing Cuddy! Yay savings!

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downsideupJul. 16, 1310:22 AM

Yep. With all that starting pitching talent that consists of former Twins at the all star game no doubt this team would win the World Series every year. Of course, since I don't remember any of those guys starting any games on the mound, people should just back off and remember, the Twins have a starting pitching issue, not a former position player at the all star game issue.

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suprpoleJul. 16, 1310:37 AM

The twins will never be anything but average as long as we have a CHEAP owner. We have good talent in the minors, but how long will they be around after making it to the majors. Again not long because of ownership.

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