Thursday, May 31, 2012

Hometown Heroes


The Twins will be enjoying their day off today after finishing a sweep of the lowly A's yesterday, but I had to blog about something, so here are some standings and stats for ya.

A.L. Central Division          W        L           %          GB     
  1. White Sox                29       22        .569          -
  2. Indians                     27       23        .540          1.5
  3. Tigers                       23       27        .460          5.5
  4. Royals                      21       28        .429          7.0
  5. Twins                      18        32        .360         10.5   
Twins Leaders:

AVG.   
  1. .302     Denard Span
  2. .296     Joe Mauer
  3. .276     Josh Willingham
Home Runs
  1. 10     Josh Willingham
  2. 9       Justin Morneau
  3. 5       Ryan Doumit
RBI
  1. 35    Josh Willingham
  2. 25    Justin Morneau
  3. 25    Ryan Doumit 
Wins
  1. 3    Scott Diamond
  2. 3    Jeff Gray
  3. 2    4 tied
ERA
  1. 2.27    Scott Diamond
  2. 2.63    Alex Burnett
  3. 2.70    Cole DeVries
K's
  1. 39    Francisco Liriano
  2. 31    Carl Pavano
  3. 27    Glen Perkins

As far as hometown heroes go, it's worth mentioning that the Twins like to promote from within.  Three current players on the roster are actually from Minnesota: Mauer, Perkins and DeVries.  It's no secret that the Twins are akin to looking in their own backyard for talent (Kent Hrbek grew up right next to the bright lights of Met Stadium) which is a good thing for Minnesota baseball all around.  It's not like they run a charity case either.  The players they get from this state have made significant contributions.  I think it's encouraging for any standout baseball player in the high school or college ranks here that the Twins are looking and that a shot at the big leagues is possible.


 
 
                  

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