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Thome hits tape-measure homer for #596 at Target Field


Even at age 40, Jim Thome can still hit the baseball for distance.

Jim Thome (file photo)

The Peoria, Illinois native homered for the Minnesota Twins on Sunday and it was another tape-measure job.

His sixth-inning blast into the upper deck in right-center field helped the Twins over the Kansas City Royals, 4-3. The ball traveled an estimated 490 feet, the longest homer in the two-year history of Target Field in Minneapolis. It was career homer #596.

Target Field in April 2010 (photo by Randy Stern via wikipedia commons)

Thome has hit three of the longest home runs in Target Field’s history and six of the top eight.

Always a fan and media-favorite around Major League Baseball, Thome has played for Cleveland, Philadelphia, Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers.


Info compiled from staff, Minnesota Twins, Radio & TV news



MLB says goodbye to ‘Nice Guy’ Harmon Killebrew


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The man whose silhouette was the inspiration of Major League Baseball’s logo, has died at age 74.

Harmon Killebrew, the Minnesota Twins slugger, whose tape-measure home runs were described as “moonshots”, died earlier in the week at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, after a battle with esophageal cancer.

He had made the announcement in December that he had been diagnosed with cancer. Last week, Killebrew told the media that his doctors had said his cancer was incurable and he would no longer fight the disease with chemotherapy.

He broke in with the Washington Senators in 1954 as an 18-year-old. He was mostly a minor leaguer in his first five seasons, then belted 42 homers in 1959, his first full season in the majors.

The Senators moved to Minnesota in 1961, and Killebrew hit 190 home runs in his first four years in Bloomington, where the Twins played in old Metropolitan Stadium, including 49 in 1964.

Harmon Killebrew in April 2007 (photo by NJ Baseball via wikipedia commons)

On June 3, 1967, Killebrew hit the longest home run in Metropolitan Stadium history, a shot that landed into the second deck of the bleachers, 500 feet from home plate.

In all, Killebrew hit 573 homers during his 22-year career, 11-th all-time in MLB history. He had eight years with 40 or more homers which is still tied for second in league history to Babe Ruth.

He was an 11-time All-Star and was the American League’s MVP in 1969 when he blasted 49 homers with 140 RBI’s and walked 145 times, all team records that are still standing in 2011.

Killebrew was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1984, the first Twins player to be so honored. The Twins retired his number 3 jersey in 1975. He retired after one season with Kansas City in 1975.

Aerial view of Metropolitan Stadium (file photo)

Info courtesy of MLB, Minnesota Twins, Radio & TV news

Hall of Famer Killebrew losing battle to cancer


Harmon Killebrew in April 2007 (photo by NJ Baseball via wikipedia commons)

MLB Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew has announced that he will no longer fight his esophageal cancer and has settled in for the final days of his life in Phoenix.

The Payete, Idaho, native who is 74, said that the cancer has been diagnosed as incurable by his doctors and he will be entering hospice care.

Killebrew, one of the all-time good guys of baseball, made 11 All-Star appearances during a 22-year career with the Washington Senators, Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals.

He blasted 573 home runs, which was fifth on the all-time list when he retired in 1975. Currently, he is 11th all-time.

Harmon Killebrew retired #3 (By Rob Hoitt in November 2007 via wikipedia commons)

The Twins retired Killebrew’s number 3 in 1975.

He was elected to the baseball hall of fame in 1984, garnering 83.13% of the vote that year.



Info compiled from staff, Radio, TV & baseball news

AL Player of the Week honors go to Tampa Bay 2B Ben Zobrist


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The American League Player of the Week for the period ending May 1st is Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist.

The winner of the American League weekly honor, is awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at

In six games last week, Zobrist batted .440 (11-for-25) with two home runs and a .444 on-base percentage. The switch-hitter led the Majors with five doubles and 13 RBI’s, tied for the top spot with eight runs scored and 24 total bases, finished second with a .960 slugging percentage and tied for second with 11 hits.

Zobrist had a career day in a doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins. In the first game on Thursday, the Eureka, Illinois native had a career-high four hits and eight RBI’s, including two doubles, a home run and two runs scored in a 15-3 blasting of the Twins. His eight RBI’s broke the Rays’ previous single-game mark of seven, set by Carlos Pena in 2007, and were the most in a game since Toronto’s Adam Lind on August 31, 2009. The 29-year-old went into the nightcap and continued to have a hot bat, going 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, two RBI’s and three runs scored en route to a 6-1 Rays win and series sweep of the Twins.

In five straight games, Zobrist had 18 RBI’s and that marked the most for an American League player since Reggie Jackson compiled 18 RBI’s from June 14-18, 1969. Zobrist’s 10 RBI’s in the doubleheader were the most for a twin bill since St. Louis’ Mark Whiten earned 13 RBI’s on September 7, 1993 at Cincinnati.

The sixth round pick in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft by the Houston Astros, finished the series against Minnesota 8-for-14 (.571) with two home runs, three doubles, a triple, six runs scored and 13 RBI’s, the most RBI’s in a three-game series in the Majors since 2004.

The Dallas Baptist University alumnus carried an eight-game hitting streak into this week along with an American League-leading 25 RBI’s and he ranks second in the Majors with 18 extra-base hits.

This is Zobrist’s second career weekly honor; the other on 9/29/2008 and the third for the Rays this season joining Johnny Damon and James Shields.


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First no-hitter of 2011, goes to Twins’ Liriano over White Sox


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When Twins shortstop Matt Tolbert grabbed Adam Dunn’s line drive for the final out of the game, it gave Francisco Liriano and the Minnesota Twins a 1-0 no-hit win over the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.

Liriano upped his record to 2-4. He walked six and struck out two in his first complete game in 95 major-league starts. The 27-year-old lefty, who has been in the majors since 2005, threw 123 pitches matching his career high.

Liriano, who was 3-0 against the White Sox in 2010, was backed by Jason Kubel’s fourth-inning homer.

The game took 2 hours and 9 minutes.


Info courtesy of Minnesota Twins, MLB, Radio & TV news

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