Monday, September 25, 2017

After the hurricanes

A little "real news" with our baseball:

* Neither the Twins nor Red Sox, both of whom have their spring training/minor league facilities just outside Fort Myers, will hold formal instructional league this year. Both facilities are still being used as staging areas for storm relief after Hurricane Irma.

As of Sunday, there were still more than 1,000 customers in Lee County without electrical power some two weeks after the storm.

* The Pioneer Press' Mike Berardino talked with Kennys Vargas, one of four Twins who played on the Puerto Rican team in this spring's WBC (and doesn't that feel like a long time ago?), about Hurricane Maria. Vargas doesn't believe the Twins' scheduled games with the Cleveland Indians for San Juan next April will be played there:

“It will be canceled, I think,” Vargas said. “I would say there won’t be baseball in Puerto Rico for one or two years. Not even winter ball. The stadium got destroyed. The community can’t worry about baseball now. It has to take care of everybody. They have to fix people’s lives first.”


The Twins magic number for wild card No. 2 is three. But their next three games are against Cleveland, which doesn't lose very often any more, while the Angels play the lowly White Sox. There may not be a lot of trimming of the magic number before the weekend.

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