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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — While his bosses with the Minnesota
09.04.2019, 06:26,
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — While his bosses with the Minnesota
Twins have been constructing the roster http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-giancarlo-stanton-jersey , new manager Rocco Baldelli has been busy building relationships with the players now under his supervision.His ability and desire to do that was one of the biggest reasons why he got the job, after all.“People get a feel for other people over time, and you just try to be yourself and you end up proving yourself every day,” Baldelli said. “That’s how we’re going to build what we’re going to build here.”Though Baldelli committed much of the last three months to those getting-to-know-you talks with players, coaches and other Twins staff he’ll be working closely with, this week has provided his first significant opportunity to conducting these conversations in person with the first pitchers and catchers workout of spring training fast approaching on Feb. 14.After spending four days with starting pitcher Jose Berrios and left fielder Eddie Rosario for meet-and-greets with fans on one leg of the team’s winter caravan that took them to bowling alleys, middle schools and frozen lakes, Baldelli and the majority of the players on Minnesota’s major league roster have convened for the weekend at Target Field for the annual fan festival. They’ll be mingling with the public for autographs, pictures and questions Aaron Judge Jersey , but they’ve also set aside more time for the invaluable bonding that sure can’t hurt the goal of establishing a smooth and successful 2019 season.“I would really like to create an environment in this clubhouse and with the organization as a whole where these players can just be who they are,” Baldelli said Friday. “They don’t have to conform to any kind of standards, except for respecting everyone and going out there and competing every night when they take the field. That’s really all I care about at the end of the day. These guys can show a little personality and be who they are.”Chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine made the decision after a 78-84 finish by the Twins to replace Paul Molitor with Baldelli, who at age 37 is the youngest manager in the major leagues . They sought a unifying presence between the front office and the clubhouse, a fresh voice who could better connect with millennials and their generational traits.“Today’s players are so much more demanding than they once were, and they’re not content just having somebody to dictate what we’re doing,” Levine said.“They ask why a lot, and then I think if you’re connected to their hearts you have a much better chance of prevailing on delivering your message. I see Rocco investing at that ground level right now.”One of the most noteworthy efforts Baldelli engaged in since he was hired was traveling to rural Georgia to see center fielder Byron Buxton and then the Dominican Republic for time with third baseman Miguel Sano, two players long groomed as franchise cornerstones but underperforming at this stage of their careers and coming off rough 2018 seasons.“He’s decided that Gleyber Torres Jersey , for right now, ‘I need to get to know these players inside and out,'” Falvey said. “When he invests, he invests.”Sano was given permission to skip TwinsFest because his Dominican winter team won the league championship and reached the Caribbean Series. One other key player absent this weekend was starting pitcher Kyle Gibson, who has been ill from the E. coli bacteria.Since the 2018 season ended, the Twins have enhanced their lineup by acquiring first baseman C.J. Cron, second baseman Jonathan Schoop and designated hitter Nelson Cruz. They’ve more recently signed relief pitcher Blake Parker and have been finalizing a contract with starting pitcher Martin Perez.Still, after fielding a team with a $131 million payroll on opening day last year, ranking 17th in the major leagues Tyler Austin Jersey , the retirement of first baseman Joe Mauer and other free-agent departures have significantly reduced the cost commitments for 2019. That has caused consternation in some corners of the fan base, with a rich field of free agents remaining on the market headlined by outfielder Bryce Harper, relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel and of course shortstop Manny Machado.“We’re set up well to invest,” Falvey said, “when we feel the right fits are there.” HOUSTON — The trolling executing by Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman barely registered with Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi and, subsequently, didn’t merit much of a response.Bregman was one of three Houston batters to homer in succession off Eovaldi on June 20 at Minute Maid Park when Eovaldi pitched for the Tampa Bay Rays, and Bregman referred to that decisive string of blasts on social media as the scene of the American League Championship Series changed venues from Fenway Park to Minute Maid Park on Monday. With Eovaldi set to take the ball for Boston in Game 3 on Tuesday, his primary focus was elsewhere.“I feel I’m a completely different pitcher http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-giancarlo-stanton-jersey ,” Eovaldi said. “I’m attacking it a lot differently. I’m going to try to keep the same approach as I’ve been attacking hitters now and moving forward. They have (a) lot of aggressive guys in the lineup. They swing early in the counts. Not too many of them like to walk. So, try and keep them in the ballpark and go from there.”Article continues below ...George Springer and Jose Altuve sandwiched solo home runs around the Bregman dinger in the sixth inning of that Astros 5-1 victory, with Altuve recording a 112.3 exit velocity with the second of his two homers off Eovaldi that game. That was one of three home runs Eovaldi surrendered during the season with an exit velocity of 110-plus miles per hour and, of the 14 homers he allowed during the season, four were recorded by the Astros in that contest.Although he noted a usage increase in his cutter with the Red Sox, whom he joined on July 29, the numbers reveal that Eovaldi relied on his four-seam fastball more during the final month and against the Yankees in the AL Division Series when he allowed one run on five hits with five strikeouts over seven innings in a 16-1 victory in Game 3 at Yankee Stadium. He will make his second career postseason start in similar circumstances: on the road with a series even at 1-1.Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel will oppose Eovaldi with seven days of rest since his start in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Cleveland Indians. Keuchel has scuffled in his career against the Red Sox (0-1, 9.15 ERA over four appearances), with the challenge of maintaining sharpness between outings something requiring an attention to detail.“Well Miguel Andujar Jersey , I’m the kind of (pitcher) who needs to get off the mound a lot more than other guys,” Keuchel said. “But then the other side of it, the flipside was I barely touched the mound last year when I was going through some stuff. And kind of know what it takes to get through and make sure you’re ready to go. I’ve been fortunate enough to be healthy this whole season and kind of get off the mound from my bullpen days.“So I treated a few of the in-between days from Cleveland like a bullpen day — threw a light BP the day before we went to Boston. And it just feels good to get out there and face some live hitting whether it’s our team or whoever. So, I have just been trying to get off the mound as much as possible, try to carry that over.”