January 7, 2017

While we all wait for Brian Dozier to be traded (or not), a few thoughts about the weather

Well, I knew the offseason would be slow, but this slow? Wow. There’s no mistaking it: Baseball really is a summer sport.

I think all of us Twins bloggers are waiting to pounce on the much talked about potential trade that would send second baseman Brian Dozier to some team (possibly the Los Angeles Dodgers) in exchange for some player (possibly Dodger pitching prospect Jose De Leon). Other potential trade partners have been mentioned in recent weeks, but none as much as the Dodgers. And yet… there’s still nothing to announce.

Meanwhile, we’re in the middle of a cold spell here in the Northwest, and I’ll immediately qualify that by saying it’s cold for the Northwest, not cold, say, for Minnesota. Temperatures here have recently fallen into the 20s and teens overnight, with daytime highs at, near, or slightly above freezing. Someone in Twins land is reading this and chuckling.

I like to go for a walk sometime after dinner and before bed, but my Twins cap just won’t cut it in cold weather so that led me to purchase a Twins knit cap the other day. I’m still waiting for it to arrive.

So… Falvey & Co. clearly are holding out for as many players as they can get for Dozier. Or, they have pulled back in fairness to him after all the headline speculation and will now bide their time. As much as we would like a deal to happen, it could happen at any time. But if Dozier starts the season with the Twins, and starts slowly at the plate like he has done before, then his value will fall until his bat wakes up again. He caught fire last season toward the end of June.





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.