“He has a tremendous amount of confidence in himself. That’s a big part of this game. If you believe in yourself, you can
excel. He has a good idea about what the game is all about. He’s going
to go through some highs and lows. That’s just what the game is all
about for everybody.”
Here’s hoping Heyward’s “highs” are of a different sort than those Strawberry experienced when he was a young man.
According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Twins GM Thad Levine told 1390 Granite City Sports that reliever Glen Perkins will retire.
Perkins, 34, has battled shoulder injuries over the last two years, limiting him to a total of 7 2/3 innings between 2016-17. His decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the circumstances. The Twins declined his $6.5 million club option back in October, making him a free agent.
Across parts of 12 seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins compiled a 3.88 ERA with 120 saves and a 504/158 K/BB ratio in 624 1/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best closers from 2013-15, racking up 102 of those saves with a 3.08 ERA. The lefty made the American League All-Star team in each of those three seasons.