October 24, 2016

World Series is set, which means Twins’ chief baseball officer starts soon

Twins’ Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey, who was hired away from the Cleveland Indians earlier this month, is getting closer to officially joining the Twins in that capacity. The Indians are on their way to meet the Chicago Cubs in the World Series, which sets up some possible dates for when Falvey might finally be introduced to Twins fans.

Rhett Bollinger, who covers the Twins for MLB.com, tweeted the following dates:

In other words, if the Indians or Cubs sweep, Falvey joins the Twins closer to Oct. 30. If it’s not a sweep, Falvey shows up closer to Nov. 3.

It’s been an odd month for Falvey and the Twins. Falvey was rumored to be the Twins’ first chief baseball officer more than a month ago. The team finally confirmed his hiring and then nothing, save for a few reports that Falvey planned to spend more time with the Indians as they worked their way through the playoffs. My takeaway then was that it was an extended celebration for Falvey. After all, as the team’s former assistant general manager, he had played a role in getting the Tribe into the postseason.

Except that it turns out that Falvey has been working, according to a Strib report from Phil Miller.

He wrote then:

As an Indians assistant GM, Falvey has daily responsibilities with his soon-to-be-former team, providing scouting reports and helping Cleveland manager Terry Francona and his coaching staff with game preparation.

If the Indians win the World Series, Falvey arrives as a hero and brings hope that the Twins can emulate some of that Tribe success. If they don’t win, let’s hope Falvey shows up hungry, eager to get over the hump with the Twins.

Extra innings…

-Why we all await Falvey’s arrival, another name has been mentioned as possibly Falvey’s first hire as Twins CBO. That name is Amiel Sawdaye, Red Sox vice president of international scouting and amateur scouting, according  to MLB Trade Rumors, citing a tweet from sportswriter Peter Gammons.

More from MLB Trade Rumors:

When the Twins hired Falvey, who will officially take over after the World Series, a report indicated he would be able to name a GM. Given that the Twins are in contention for Sawdaye, it’s reasonable to suggest he could become Falvey’s second-in-command.

-And this popped up in my twitter feed on Sunday:





Hi, I’m Rolf Boone, Twins fan.

I became a fan of the Minnesota Twins after a friendly wager in the early 1980s. I survived Ron Davis, the meltdown in Cleveland, Phil Bradley at the Kingdome and then marveled at a rising generation of stars and two World Series wins in 1987 and 1991. Brad Radke made the 1990s bearable, while Kirby Puckett’s eye injury, exit from the game and eventual death made it almost too much to bear. The new century ushered in more talent — Joe Mauer, Johan Santana, Joe Nathan, Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau — and consecutive seasons of playoff baseball, followed by consecutive seasons of losing baseball. A winning season returned in 2015. So here we are. Go Twins.