One last day @ Target Field this (miserable) Twins season. #MPLS #nofilter (at Target Field)
Silhouette of Target Field with the rising sun lighting up the Ford Center in the background
@squeevey The Unicorn. Twins v. Arizona. September 19, 2014 #twinspic #twinspics #twins #minnstagramers
Target Field - September 19th, 2014
September 21, 2014
Photo by TS Flynn
1992 Donruss Triple Play
Mack was a very good hitter who was a big piece of the Twins going from worst to first in 1991, hitting .310/.363/.529 with 18 homers, 74 RBI, and 13 steals in 442 at-bats. The next season, he hit .315/.394/.467 with 16 HR, 75 RBI, and 26 steals in 600 at-bats.
An impending free agent when the players’ strike ended the 1994 season early and canceled the World Series, Mack decided to take a guaranteed payday in Japan once the work stoppage dragged on well into the offseason. In January of 1995 he signed what was then “the biggest contract in the history of Japanese baseball” by inking a two-year deal with the Yomiuri Giants worth $8.1 million.
In retrospect it’s natural to question his decision, but Mack was already 31 years old when he became a free agent for the first time, the strike continued into 1995, and that was incredible money for a non-superstar back then. Only eight AL players made more than $5 million in 1994 and baseball’s highest-paid player was Bobby Bonilla at $6.3 million. Mack hit .284/.356/.463 during two seasons in Japan and then returned to MLB with the Red Sox in 1997. [aarongleeman.com]
Target Field knows who’s birthday it is.
1966 Topps #283 Jim Perry
Bert Blyleven (1970)