“I was just telling one of my younger players that Derek reminds me of my teammate in Minnesota, Kirby Puckett,” Beane said. “Do you know what it’s like when your best player, a Hall of Famer, is also the most respected and best-liked guy in the clubhouse? It creates a unique dynamic for a team. From an outsider’s perspective, Derek has been that guy. In 20 years, I’ve never heard a bad word about him.”
Jeter will be in town this week for his final series against the Twins, while Beane’s Athletics, at 51-30, have the best record in baseball.
• One additional financial bonus for the Vikings owners, with the building of the new stadium, is the Wilfs no longer will have to pay the family of former Vikings General Manager Mike Lynn, who received about 10 percent of the suite income (or about $500,000 a year) from the time the Metrodome was built until it’s replaced by the new stadium. Lynn died in 2012.
• Glen Robinson III, the Timberwolves’ second-round draft choice, says he worked out or had contact with 18 NBA teams, but the only contact the former Michigan forward had with the Wolves was at the NBA draft combine in Chicago.
• Former Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss is now an associate head coach at Victory Christian Center School in Charlotte, N.C., according to the Charlotte Observer. Moss is going to coach there because his son, Thaddeus, is on the team. The Observer reported that Thaddeus is about 6-4, 240 pounds.
• Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks is really struggling in his rehab assignment at Class AA New Britain, hitting only .162 with one home run and three RBI in 12 games.
• Gophers goalie Adam Wilcox is in an interesting situation. Wilcox was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the sixth round of the 2011 draft, but if Wilcox decides to come back to the Gophers next season, the Lightning will lose the rights to his contract and he will become an NHL free agent and available to sign with any team. And unless Wilcox has a change of heart, he will be back with the Gophers next season.
• Former Gophers All-America distance runner Hassan Mead finished third in the men’s 5,000-meter final this weekend at the 2014 USATF Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Mead ran a time of 13 minutes, 31.42 seconds in the event after qualifying with a time of 13:02.80, the fifth-fastest time in the world this year. One current Gopher, John Simons, ran in the 1,500 meters but failed to qualify, as did former Gopher Harun Abda in the 800 meters.
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