March 23, 2017

Farewell, Ryan Vogelsong

The Twins have released starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong, ending his bid to make the club. Vogelsong, perhaps sensing that he wasn’t in the running for a rotation spot, apparently asked to be released so that he could get a shot at joining another team, according to MLB Trade Rumors, which cited a report by Twins beat writer Mike Berardino.

Falvey & Co. made the right call here. Instead of signing Vogelsong to a fat, major league deal — something that may have happened under former GM Terry Ryan — the Twins agreed to a minor league contract, in which it was up to Vogelsong to make the club. He didn’t pitch well enough, he gets released, goodbye.

Extra innings…

-Don’t get your hopes up in spring training because you will get burned every time. After heaping praise on pitcher Phil Hughes, Hughes went out to the mound Wednesday and got knocked around pretty good by those pesky Houston Astros. Hughes gave up nine hits, six runs (five earned) and two home runs in two innings of work. His ERA ballooned to 6.75 from 4.50. In all, Houston banged out 15 hits on Wednesday.

-Longview, Washington native and power pitcher Trevor May will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament. Here’s more from MLB Trade Rumors:

Minnesota still controls May through the 2020 campaign, so he could play an important role in future Twins clubs should he make a full recovery. May will presumably spend the entire 2017 season on the 60-day disabled list and accrue a full year of service time, making him eligible for arbitration next winter.



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.