Souhan: One little chat changed Perkins' future in his home state

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 24, 2014 - 11:03 AM

FORT MYERS, FLA. – Glen Perkins is an All-Star closer who has spent his entire life in Minnesota. He is the rare Twins player who lives in state year-round, has become a centerpiece of the Twins’ marketing campaign and has vowed to play for them as long as they will have him.

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QbikerFeb. 24, 14 8:28 AM

I've always been a fan of Perkins and he seems like a genuine good guy. It's incredible difficult to perform at a high level especially in front of your home team. I wish him the best of luck this year and I hope he makes another all-star team.

Dantes929Feb. 24, 14 8:57 AM

"I've always been a fan of Perkins" Then at one point you were a voice in the wilderness. I am not exaggerating much if at all in saying 99% on these boards were against even keeping Perkins at the time saying we should drop him for nothing while adamant about signing Mauer no matter what the cost. Perkins had arm issues and was suing for change in his service time. I couldn't help but point out that everyone was against the guy who was trying to milk what he could out of what appeared at the time to be a mediocre career on the decline while defending the right of a guy who was already making many millions to hold out for every last million he could get. I can't claim to have always been a fan of Perkins but I do respect him for sticking with a team that he thought was trying to screw him and a fan base that was mostly against him because he believed in himself and had a wider view of his home state than showed up on these boards at the time.

sidhartmannFeb. 24, 14 9:32 AM

Good point on the service time issue.....odd that Souhan did not mention it, being that was the reason for his frustration with the Twins. I thought Perkins had the talent and I was hoping the Twins wouldn't give him away. Glad it worked out.

jachesteFeb. 24, 1410:50 AM

I'm frankly tired of "cookie cutter" "right way" thinking. These guys are athletes, not machines. I'm perfectly fine with Perk being who he is and learning how best to be a good teammate through guidance and being open to asking good questions. That isn't a character flaw, it's being a human being. I'm glad he's here.

matthewJamesFeb. 24, 1410:58 AM

Always nice to clear the air.

duke71Feb. 24, 1411:53 AM

Great article, Jim. I hope he achieves his dream of winning it all in his home town.

bstoelFeb. 24, 1412:15 PM

I work with young people every day. They mature differently and at different rates. Clearly, Perk has "grown up" a lot in the past few years. It's perfectly normal for some to struggle with it. Unfortunately, with media there to scrutinize and overanalyze every move, these guys don't get a chance to do it in private, but instead have to do it in the public's eye. Good for Perk...and good for the Twins!

tafknatFeb. 24, 1412:39 PM

I remember he got a contract extension that was regarded as low in 2012 (3 years $10.3MM I believe?) and he was asked about the "hometown discount" and he said that the team has some other players they have to pay, and then added get real, 3 million to pitch a baseball is a ridiculous amount of money, and he was very fortunate to have that opportunity. He sounds like a regular guy, his tweets with fans are fun (you were scared watching me? Hey I was OUT there on the mound!! Yikes!) and I've been a fan of his ever since.

arvmarvFeb. 24, 14 1:06 PM

I remember when he was full of himself well above his demonstrated talent, and was suing the Twins. I must admit two things: first, at the time, I could not understand why the Twins didn't just dump him, or trade him for a bucket of balls or something. Second, at this point, I'm glad they didn't.

dougmac1Feb. 24, 14 8:58 PM

I re-read this a couple of times and can't figure out what the little chat was.

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