J.A. Happ won a World Series with Philadelphia in 2008 and returned to the final round with the Phillies the following season, but he hasn't been back since. The Minnesota Twins were Happ's pick to try to experience anew the fall success that has often been missing since early in his career. The left-hander finalized an $8 million, one-year contract with the Twins on Friday, giving the two-time defending AL Central champions - who are carrying a baseball-record 18-game postseason losing streak - a steady 38-year-old for the back of their rotation.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports the 42-year-old son of former Minnesota Twins manager Tom Kelly was found dead Saturday in Arizona while on a golf trip. According to the report, Tom Kelly Jr. was found “unresponsive” in his hotel room after missing his tee time. Nate Mauer, a close friend and teammate at Hill-Murray High School, said: “I missed this golf trip, but we had another scheduled for March.
However, due to the ongoing pandemic, the festivities will be virtual this winter. Today, the Twins announced that TwinsFest will take place on Saturday, January 30, through its multiple social media accounts. Some of the activities that may catch some eyes: The day will start off with a table reading of “The Sandlot” with Luis Arraez, Randy Dobnak, Tyler Duffey, Mitch Garver, Thad Levine, Royce Lewis, Devin Smeltzer, and Tommy Watkins.