Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Trade Trees braintrust got together over the weekend to see the Twins take on the Royals down at Kauffman.  Kauffman is one of the nicest ballparks in the Majors, and it’s always a pleasure to take in a game down in KC.  Now if they could only figure out how to turn down the heat.  Here are my favorite pics from the game.  The rest can be seen in this album.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
mightyflynn:

Harmon Killebrew, 1936-2011
(by BaseballBacks)

mightyflynn:

Harmon Killebrew, 1936-2011

(by BaseballBacks)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Hall of Famer Early Wynn spent 23 years in the Majors with the Senators, Indians, and White Sox.  After the 1948 season, Wynn was traded from the Senators to the Indians.
This tree had some long-reaching branches.  Some of these players, like Gardner, were on the Senators when they moved to Minnesota and became the Twins after the 1960 season. 
You can see yesterday’s Giel trade in the lower center of the tree.

Hall of Famer Early Wynn spent 23 years in the Majors with the Senators, Indians, and White Sox.  After the 1948 season, Wynn was traded from the Senators to the Indians.

This tree had some long-reaching branches.  Some of these players, like Gardner, were on the Senators when they moved to Minnesota and became the Twins after the 1960 season. 

You can see yesterday’s Giel trade in the lower center of the tree.

Monday, May 9, 2011
In researching another tree, which will be up tomorrow, I came across the plight of Paul Giel.  Here is his transaction history from BR.com

June 1, 1961: Traded by the Minnesota Twins with a player to be named later and Reno Bertoia to the Kansas City Athletics for a player to be named later and Bill Tuttle.
June 10, 1961: The Minnesota Twins sent cash to the Kansas City Athletics to complete the trade. The Kansas City Athletics sent Paul Giel to the Minnesota Twins to complete the trade.

Giel was on the Royals for all of 10 days in 1961, appearing in 1 game.  Taking Giel out of the equation, Bertoia and cash were traded for Bill Tuttle.  Tuttle was with the Twins through 1963 before being released.
Not quite Harry Chiti territory, but pretty darn close.

In researching another tree, which will be up tomorrow, I came across the plight of Paul Giel.  Here is his transaction history from BR.com

June 1, 1961: Traded by the Minnesota Twins with a player to be named later and Reno Bertoia to the Kansas City Athletics for a player to be named later and Bill Tuttle.

June 10, 1961: The Minnesota Twins sent cash to the Kansas City Athletics to complete the trade. The Kansas City Athletics sent Paul Giel to the Minnesota Twins to complete the trade.

Giel was on the Royals for all of 10 days in 1961, appearing in 1 game.  Taking Giel out of the equation, Bertoia and cash were traded for Bill Tuttle.  Tuttle was with the Twins through 1963 before being released.

Not quite Harry Chiti territory, but pretty darn close.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
There are baseball names, and then there are baseball names.  These trees aren’t much in the way of interesting results, so I went ahead and made this post a twofer.  But let’s be honest, these weren’t posted because there were any interesting results.  They were posted because I’m chuckling like a 12-year-old as I type this.
Somewhat interestingly, Kuntz was on the roster of 3 AL Central teams within 3 months of each other.  And the first trade was on the day that would eventually be my birthday, but I suspect that’s less interesting to most other people.

There are baseball names, and then there are baseball names.  These trees aren’t much in the way of interesting results, so I went ahead and made this post a twofer.  But let’s be honest, these weren’t posted because there were any interesting results.  They were posted because I’m chuckling like a 12-year-old as I type this.

Somewhat interestingly, Kuntz was on the roster of 3 AL Central teams within 3 months of each other.  And the first trade was on the day that would eventually be my birthday, but I suspect that’s less interesting to most other people.

Friday, February 18, 2011
Here is Frank Viola being traded from the Twins to the Mets.  Sorry I don’t have time for a proper write-up, I’m still getting caught up at work after my vacation.  Everyone have a good weekend and we hope to be posting more regularly very soon.

Here is Frank Viola being traded from the Twins to the Mets.  Sorry I don’t have time for a proper write-up, I’m still getting caught up at work after my vacation.  Everyone have a good weekend and we hope to be posting more regularly very soon.

Friday, January 14, 2011
This is Bert Blyleven’s last trade.  A year after his 1987 World Series win with the Twins, Blyleven was traded to his boyhood home of Southern California.  Bert spent the last 3 seasons of his career with the Angels (missing 1991 with a rotator cuff injury).  Bert attempted to come back for the 1993 season with the Twins, but did not make the squad, so he retired. 
Not much to say about this tree, as it is actually the tail end of his first trade.  The Players Traded For Themselves tag has proven itself useful once again.  Next week, we’ll feature the other 2011 inductee, Roberto Alomar.

This is Bert Blyleven’s last trade.  A year after his 1987 World Series win with the Twins, Blyleven was traded to his boyhood home of Southern California.  Bert spent the last 3 seasons of his career with the Angels (missing 1991 with a rotator cuff injury).  Bert attempted to come back for the 1993 season with the Twins, but did not make the squad, so he retired. 

Not much to say about this tree, as it is actually the tail end of his first trade.  The Players Traded For Themselves tag has proven itself useful once again.  Next week, we’ll feature the other 2011 inductee, Roberto Alomar.

Monday, January 10, 2011
Trade Trees is back after a small holiday break.  Over the next few days, we’ll be showcasing the 2011 Hall of Fame inductees Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar.
Blyleven was drafted by the Twins in 1969.  He was traded from Minnesota to the Rangers in 1976.  This would be the first of 5 times Blyleven would be traded throughout his career (Enough to take up this entire week).
Eventually, Blyleven would return to the Twins through this trade, allowing me to use my favorite site tag - “Players Traded For Themselves”. 
Bill Singer was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 1976 Expansion Draft.  Curt Leskanic was drafted by the Rockies in the 1992 Expansion draft.

Trade Trees is back after a small holiday break.  Over the next few days, we’ll be showcasing the 2011 Hall of Fame inductees Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar.

Blyleven was drafted by the Twins in 1969.  He was traded from Minnesota to the Rangers in 1976.  This would be the first of 5 times Blyleven would be traded throughout his career (Enough to take up this entire week).

Eventually, Blyleven would return to the Twins through this trade, allowing me to use my favorite site tag - “Players Traded For Themselves”. 

Bill Singer was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 1976 Expansion Draft.  Curt Leskanic was drafted by the Rockies in the 1992 Expansion draft.

Thursday, December 9, 2010
The 2007-08 offseason was a big one for the Twins.  Right after Thanksgiving ‘07, the Twins sent starting pitcher Matt Garza and starting shortstop Jason Bartlett, along with minor leaguer Eduardo Morlan, to the Tampa Bay Rays.  Three months later, they sent 2-time Cy Young winner* Johan Santana, who’s contract demands were more than the Twins were capable of matching, to the NY Mets.
Two of those directly decended from these two trades were traded today to the Orioles.  As you can see, the Twins have gotten relatively little in return for an ace pitcher (injuries not withstanding), a pitcher with a no-hitter, and a MLB-caliber shortstop.
Editor’s Note: I don’t want to be too much of a homer around here and focus on the Twins too much.  Please use the link in the sidebar, or Twitter (@tradetrees), to suggest trades to look into. 
*The case is made by some Twins fans Johan should have had three straight, but Colon won in 2005.

The 2007-08 offseason was a big one for the Twins.  Right after Thanksgiving ‘07, the Twins sent starting pitcher Matt Garza and starting shortstop Jason Bartlett, along with minor leaguer Eduardo Morlan, to the Tampa Bay Rays.  Three months later, they sent 2-time Cy Young winner* Johan Santana, who’s contract demands were more than the Twins were capable of matching, to the NY Mets.

Two of those directly decended from these two trades were traded today to the Orioles.  As you can see, the Twins have gotten relatively little in return for an ace pitcher (injuries not withstanding), a pitcher with a no-hitter, and a MLB-caliber shortstop.

Editor’s Note: I don’t want to be too much of a homer around here and focus on the Twins too much.  Please use the link in the sidebar, or Twitter (@tradetrees), to suggest trades to look into. 

*The case is made by some Twins fans Johan should have had three straight, but Colon won in 2005.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The last trade of the 1965 Minnesota Twins was Camilio Pascual.  Pascual is one of the Twins most reliable starters during his 13 years in Washington/Minnesota.  He won 174 games during his time with the franchise.
Bernie Allen came up in 1962 and placed 3rd in the RoY voting that year.  In 1964, Allen injured his knee turning a double play.  He only appeared in 19 games in 1965 and was not on the postseason roster.
The two were traded to the reborn Washington Senators for Ron Kline.  Kline spent one year in Minnesota before being traded for Bob Oliver of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.  Oliver was at AA Macon at the time of the trade, and spent all of 1968 at AAA Denver for the Twins.  He was selected in the 1968 Expansion Draft by the Royals (see also: Jackie Hernandez)

The last trade of the 1965 Minnesota Twins was Camilio Pascual.  Pascual is one of the Twins most reliable starters during his 13 years in Washington/Minnesota.  He won 174 games during his time with the franchise.

Bernie Allen came up in 1962 and placed 3rd in the RoY voting that year.  In 1964, Allen injured his knee turning a double play.  He only appeared in 19 games in 1965 and was not on the postseason roster.

The two were traded to the reborn Washington Senators for Ron Kline.  Kline spent one year in Minnesota before being traded for Bob Oliver of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.  Oliver was at AA Macon at the time of the trade, and spent all of 1968 at AAA Denver for the Twins.  He was selected in the 1968 Expansion Draft by the Royals (see also: Jackie Hernandez)