The first time the All-Star Game was in Minneapolis was 1965. That was quite a year for the Twins, as it was Minnesota’s first pennant as well. Today MLB Productions provides this cool newsreel thingie of that year’s Midsummer Classic.
Lots of stars taking BP and things. A reminder that he All-Star Game wasn’t always managed by the previous year’s pennant-winning manager.
UPDATE: I’m reminded that, in 1965, there was a good reason the All-Star Game wasn’t managed by the previous year’s pennant winners. One, Yogi Berra of the Yankees, was fired after losing the World Series. The other, Johnny Keane of the Cardinals, was hired by the Yankees to take Berra’s place. That sort of didn’t work out for anyone, and it resulted in second place managers from 1964 managing the All-Star Game here.
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.