March 14, 2017

The day Brian Dozier didn’t face Jose De Leon

It must have been an unusual day at the ballpark for Twins second baseman Brian Dozier. He wasn’t in the lineup against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday, but probably was in the dugout, sitting and wondering what might have been.

That’s because the Twins faced Rays starter Jose De Leon. If that name sounds familiar it’s because the Twins reportedly tried to move Dozier most of the offseason for De Leon, who was with the Los Angeles Dodgers at the time.

In exchange, the Twins not only wanted De Leon but other players as well for Dozier and the 42 dingers he hit in 2016. But the Dodgers balked at more than one player for Dozier, so they finally sent De Leon to the Rays for second baseman Logan Forsythe.

The Twins won 9-4 on Monday and got things started when Niko Goodrum hit a three-run home run off De Leon in the second inning. De Leon went three innings and gave up three earned runs with one walk and two strikeouts. Neither De Leon or Twins starter and Rule 5 draft pick Justin Haley won or lost on Monday.

Still, Haley exited with a 5.19 ERA, while De Leon is trying to put a dent in his 17.18 ERA.




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.