2007 Minnesota Twins season
|2007 Minnesota Twins|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Terry Ryan, Bill Smith|
WFTC (My 29)
(Dick Bremer, Bert Blyleven)
AM 1500 KSTP|
(John Gordon, Dan Gladden, Jack Morris, Kris Atteberry)
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- January 11, 2007: Agreed to terms with Ramón Ortiz on a one-year contract.
- February 2, 2007: Re-signed Justin Morneau, Lew Ford and Juan Rincón to one-year contracts and Nick Punto to a two-year contract.
- February 11, 2007: Agreed to terms with Joe Mauer on a four-year contract.
For the third year in a row, an important Twins personality died just before the beginning of the season. In 2005, long-time stadium announcer Bob Casey fell to heart failure. In 2006, Hall of Fame center fielder Kirby Puckett died from a massive bilateral stroke brought on by hypertension. In 2007, Herb Carneal, the team's radio play-by-play announcer for 45 years, died from heart failure on April 1, the day before Opening Day. The Twins announced that they would dedicate the 2007 season to Carneal's memory.
- With a first-inning 'E4' on June 6, the Twins' Luis Castillo's major league record for consecutive errorless games by a second baseman ended at 143. Over 647 chances, he never erred. Detroit's Plácido Polanco had a similar streak running concurrently, and it ended a few months later at 186 games, the new record.
- The Twins' representatives to the All-Star Game were Morneau, Hunter, and Santana. Reliever Pat Neshek was chosen to be one of five players in the final vote for an All-Star player. However, this spot went to Boston Red Sox pitcher Hideki Okajima, despite a campaign by Twins fans and national sports blogs to "Vote For Pat".
- The collapse of the I-35W Mississippi River bridge occurred prior to the August 1, 2007 home game against the Kansas City Royals at the Metrodome. Public safety officials told the team that canceling the game could hamper rescue and recovery efforts, since a cancellation would send up to 25,000 people back into traffic just blocks from the collapsed bridge (I-35W runs behind the Metrodome). Before the game, a moment of silence was held for the victims of the collapse. The team rescheduled their August 2 game against the Royals to the afternoon of August 31. Traditional groundbreaking ceremonies for the team's forthcoming stadium (also located in downtown Minneapolis) had been scheduled to take place after the game, but were postponed to August 30.
- Johan Santana broke the club record for most strikeouts in a game, with 17 against the Texas Rangers on August 19, 2007.
- On September 7, the Twins and the Chicago White Sox entered the ninth inning tied 4-4 and left the inning tied 10-10. It's the first time in the major leagues that both teams each scored six runs each in the ninth to force extra innings. Chicago won 11-10 after thirteen innings.
- With the loss to Boston on September 28, the Twins were assured of a losing season, the first after six straight winners (a record). Before those six, they'd suffered through eight consecutive losing years (also a record).
- Torii Hunter won his seventh straight Gold Glove award, the most for any position player on the Twins, and second in club history only to pitcher Jim Kaat's eleven.
While the 2006 team was known for the "piranhas"—gritty hitters lacking power but possessing speed and guile—the 2007 team saw the continued the development of power hitters such as 2006 league MVP Justin Morneau, Torii Hunter, and Jason Kubel. After the Twins swept a July 6 doubleheader with the Chicago White Sox by a combined score of 32-14, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillén, the man who coined the term "piranhas" in 2006, stated: "They're not piranhas no more. They're a shark attack now." In the second game of that doubleheader, Morneau became the first Twin to hit three home runs in a game since Tony Oliva against the Kansas City Royals on July 3, 1973. The Twins scored the most runs by one team in a doubleheader since the Boston Red Sox totaled 35 in a sweep of the Philadelphia Athletics on July 4, 1939. Nick Punto, as of August 22, 2007 has the lowest batting average among qualified batters in the American League, at .201.
The Twins entered the season with a problem in the starting rotation after Twins staple Brad Radke retired and Francisco Liriano had Tommy John surgery. The Twins signed Ramón Ortiz and Sidney Ponson to start. Ponson was released in May and was replaced by Scott Baker, Ramón Ortiz was moved to the bullpen shortly after and replaced in the rotation by Kevin Slowey. However, Slowey was sent to the minors in early July, replaced by Matt Garza. Ramón Ortiz was traded in August to the Colorado Rockies. On August 31, Baker took a perfect game into the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals, before giving up a leadoff walk to catcher John Buck. His no-hitter also ended when he gave up a 1-out single to Mike Sweeney in the 9th inning. The game was won by the Twins 5-0.
|Chicago White Sox||72||90||0.444||24||38–43||34–47|
|Kansas City Royals||69||93||0.426||27||35–46||34–47|
Record vs. opponents
2007 American League Records
|Los Angeles of Anaheim||7–3||4–6||4–5||5–5||5–3||2–5||—||6–3||6–3||9–10||13–6||6–2||10–9||3–4||14–4|
After their great amount of success in 2006, in which they came from behind to win the AL Central, the Twins wanted to be sure to lock up their 3-4-5 hitters (Joe Mauer, Michael Cuddyer, and Justin Morneau) to multi-year deals. The Twins were able to sign Mauer to a four-year deal worth $33 million, but Morneau and Cuddyer only agreed to sign one-year contracts, worth $4.5 million and $3.575 million respectively.
- April 9 – Placed Jeff Cirillo (medial meniscus tear in left knee) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 9; Placed Rondell White (strained right calf) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 5; Recalled Alexi Casilla from Triple-A Rochester.
- April 12 – Recalled Glen Perkins from Triple-A Rochester; optioned Chris Heintz.
- May 1 – Activated Jeff Cirillo from the 15-day disabled list and optioned Alexi Casilla to Triple-A Rochester.
- May 6 – Placed Joe Mauer on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quad.
- May 8 – Recalled Chris Heintz from Triple-A Rochester.
- May 13 – Designated Sidney Ponson for assignment.
- May 16 – Placed Jesse Crain on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and recalled Julio DePaula from Triple-A Rochester.
- May 18 – Recalled Scott Baker from Triple-A Rochester. and optioned Garrett Jones to Rochester.
- May 22 – Placed Glen Perkins on the 15-day disabled list with a mild muscle strain in the back of his left shoulder; Purchased the contract of Carmen Cali from Triple-A Rochester.
- May 24 – Placed Dennys Reyes on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 21, with inflammation in his left shoulder; Purchased the contract of Jason Miller from Triple-A Rochester and transferred Alejandro Machado from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.
- May 30 – Optioned Julio DePaula to Triple-A Rochester; Transferred Jesse Crain to the 60-day disabled list; purchased the contract of Kevin Slowey from Triple-A Rochester.
- June 28–29 – Heintz sent to minors; Matt Garza recalled.
- July 5 – Sent Slowey to minors; recalled Cali.
- July 22 – Activated Rondell White from the disabled list and optioned Garrett Jones to Triple-A Rochester.
- July 30 – Traded Luis Castillo to the New York Mets in exchange for minor leaguers Drew Butera and Dustin Martin. Recalled Alexi Casilla.
- August 3 – Jeff Cirillo claimed by Arizona on waivers.
- August 8 – Called up Tommy Watkins. Brian Buscher put on the 15-day DL.
- August 15 – Traded Ramón Ortiz to the Colorado Rockies for minor league infielder Matt Macri
|2007 Game Log|
|2007 Minnesota Twins|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Other post-season awards
- Calvin R. Griffith Award (Most Valuable Twin) – Torii Hunter
- Joseph W. Haynes Award (Twins Pitcher of the Year) – Johan Santana
- Bill Boni Award (Twins Outstanding Rookie) – Matt Garza
- Charles O. Johnson Award (Most Improved Twin) – Carlos Silva
- Dick Siebert Award (Upper Midwest Player of the Year) – Pat Neshek
- Bob Allison Award (Leadership Award) – Mike Redmond
- Mike Augustin Award ("Media Good Guy" Award) – Torii Hunter
- The above awards are voted on by the Twin Cities chapter of the BBWAA
- Carl R. Pohlad Award (Outstanding Community Service) – Johan Santana
- Sherry Robertson Award (Twins Outstanding Farm System Position Player) – Brian Buscher
- Jim Rantz Award (Twins Outstanding Farm System Pitcher) – Kevin Slowey
- Kirby Puckett Award (Alumni Community Service) – Tony Oliva
- Herb Carneal Award (Lifetime Achievement Award) – Tom Mee
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Elizabethton
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- Great The OTHER Japanese Red Sox Pitcher Won: Bad Day For Neshek
- "Twins postpone Thursday's game after bridge collapses near Metrodome". ESPN.com. August 1, 2007. Retrieved August 2, 2007.
- "Twins postpone Thursday's game after bridge collapses near Metrodome". KARE11. August 1, 2007. Retrieved August 2, 2007.
- "Twins ballpark groundbreaking rescheduled for Thursday, Aug. 30". MLB Advanced Media. August 9, 2007. Retrieved August 10, 2007.
- "Minnesota Twins Team History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-02-12.
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