It was just the fifth, but Brett Anderson was looking really good tonight.
With one out in the fifth inning in Monday’s game between the A’s and Indians, Michael Brantley hit a little roller to the left of first base. Chris Carter came off the bag to get the ball and flipped to the bag, which both Anderson and second baseman Cliff Pennington were trying to cover. Pennington made the catch with his foot on the bag just before Brantley got there. First-base ump Jerry Meals had a very good look at it, but he still called the runner safe in the confusion.
Here’s the video.
Anderson quickly got an inning-ending double play to finish the frame. He ended up allowing just two hits in seven innings in his second start back from Tommy John surgery. The bullpen finished the two-hit shutout from there.
Twins senior director of communications Dustin Morse announced that the Twins will honor former C/1B Joe Mauer by retiring his uniform number 7. Mauer announced his retirement from baseball on November 9.
Mauer will join Harmon Killebrew (No. 3), Tony Oliva (No. 6), Tom Kelly (No. 10), Kent Hrbek (No. 14), Rod Carew (No. 29), Kirby Pucket (No. 34), and Bert Blyleven (No. 28) as Twins to have their numbers retired.
Mauer, 35, spent 15 seasons in the majors, all with the Twins. He posted a career .306/.388/.439 triple-slash line with 143 home runs and 923 RBI. He won the AL MVP Award in 2009, won the batting title three times, earned three Gold Gloves and five Silver Sluggers, and made the AL All-Star team six times. Sadly, his career was limited due to injuries, including a concussion that caused him to move from catcher to first base.
Five years from now, Mauer will appear on the Hall of Fame ballot. There will certainly be some arguments for and against his candidacy. He retired with 55.1 career Wins Above Replacement, according to Baseball Reference, which definitely puts him in the conversation. But, as always, there’s never a consensus.