Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Monday update: Thome, Ozzie, Target Field, Mauer

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: January 25, 2010 - 3:35 PM

No news yet today on the Jim Thome front. I get the feeling he'll end up back with the White Sox, who have left the decision up to Manager Ozzie Guillen.

This past weekend at SoxFest, Guillen had some amusing and interesting things to say about Target Field. From the ESPN.Chicago story:

"They're going to go from piranhas to sardines," Guillen joked about the Twins' new image after they settle in at Target Field. "A prediction is a prediction."

Guillen also had his usual complimentary things to say about the Twins, about how they always seem to find a way to get it done. Then he added:

"It's a different game now -- rain delays, doubleheaders, cold, rain," Guillen said. "Good luck, [Twins manager Ron Gardenhire]. Now he has to deal with what we deal with in the Midwest They have to deal with what we do every day and that's an advantage to the teams playing against them."

(AP Photo, right, by Charles Rex Arbogast)

Meanwhile, Joe Mauer attended the New York BBWAA awards on Saturday night, where he was presented with the AL MVP award and the Sid Mercer-Dick Young Player of the Year Award. From AP story:

During his routine, comedian and writer Bill Scheft told Mauer, who will be a free agent after the 2010 season, that all New York airports were closed and that he'll have to stay until 2015.

Mauer's dad Jake Mauer, who bought his first tuxedo for the event, said his family wasn't going to push Joe to stay in Minnesota.

"Wherever he's happy, we're happy," Jake Mauer said.


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