Friday, February 27, 2015
Monday, February 23, 2015
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015
Then back problems hit. Cordova played three more seasons for the Twins, but spent significant time on the DL in each of them. In the mid-'90s, my friends and I would often buy left field general admission tickets to see the Twins. That meant sitting right behind Cordova. My friend Laura loved to watch his cute butt. Marty actually signed two of these cards for me -- I always send a copy of each for the player to keep, if they choose -- and I know who's getting this duplicate!
Leius had a fine rookie season on the short end of the platoon, hitting .286 and flashing a solid glove. His signature moment came in game two of the 1991 World Series, when he hit one of the biggest home runs in Twins history. With the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth, Leius took Hall of Famer Tom Glavine deep for the eventual game-winning home run, giving the Twins a 2-0 lead in the series. The first two games of that series are overshadowed by the legendary performances of Kirby Puckett's Game Six and Jack Morris' Game Seven, but without Leius' shot, the Twins may not have even brought the series back to the Dome.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
As an Olympic hero, Craig is one of the most recognizable American hockey players to hit the ice. However, success following the Olympics (and his stellar collegiate career at Boston University) did not follow him to the NHL. He appeared in 30 games over parts of three different seasons. His final three games came as a North Star near the end of the 1983-84 season, making him both one of the most recognizable and most obscure names in North Stars history.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Monday, February 2, 2015
Holl was an outstanding defense-first blueliner for four years at the University of Minnesota. His signature moment, though, was this miraculous short-handed goal in the Frozen Four, against arch-rival North Dakota, with less than one second remaining in regulation, to send the Gophers to the NCAA championship game.
The goal will forever be remembered as one of the biggest in the history of the storied program. As for Holl, he is now playing professionally for the Indy Fuel - the ECHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Sunday, February 1, 2015
Given his first chance to play every day in Cleveland, however, Blake showed great versatility in the field and averaged over 20 home runs a year over his five-and-a-half seasons. Prior to the 2008 trading deadline, the Indians flipped him to the Dodgers for catching prospect Carlos Santana, who has been a fixture in the middle of Cleveland's lineup ever since.
By the time he was done, Blake had put together a solid 13-year major league career with 167 home runs, 616 runs batted in, and a career .778 OPS. Not exactly David Ortiz numbers, but not bad at all for a guy who couldn't crack the early 2000s Twins lineup.