Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that there is mutual interest in a possible reunion between Justin Morneau and the Twins.
Over the weekend LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the Twins front office was looking to add “veteran leadership,” irrespective of the position. Morneau would qualify for that role and would be especially appropriate for it given his decade-long tenure with the Twins.
As far as baseball goes, it’s unclear how much, if anything, Morneau has left in the tank. Last season he hit .261/.303/.429 with six homers and 25 RBI in 218 plate appearances with the White Sox. He only played in 49 games in 2015. The 2006 American League MVP was almost exclusively a DH in Chicago. Joe Mauer and Byung-Ho Park handled first base and DH duties last season with Miguel Sano taking several turns at DH as well. Mauer isn’t going anywhere. Sano is slated to be the everyday third baseman. Park, however, was a liability at the plate.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”
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