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Remembering the Killer and his tape measure home runs

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Bob Otto and Harmon Killebrew have their picture taken at Quakes Stadium in Rancho Cucamonga.

YUCAIPA, CA – Late into the night, lying on my bed in my upstairs farmhouse bedroom, I would listen to Twins games on the old Motorola. Listening and hoping the Killer would crush another of his tape measure home runs.

Back in the early 1960s I was a true Minnesota Twins fan. And my favorite ball player was Hall of Famer, Harmon Killebrew.

But we – his loyal fans – preferred to call him Killer.

Killebrew swung a bat harder than anyone in the game. Killebrew didn’t just hit home runs, he crushed them.

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Lee’s great but he ain’t no Zack

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Photos of 1995 ISC World Tournament.
By BOB OTTO / Writer & Photographer

YUCAIPA, CA – The Philadelphia Phillies Cliff Lee is a great baseball pitcher. And the number he did on the Yankees in the opening game of the World Series is remarkable: A complete game, six hits allowed along with 10 strikeouts in Philadelphia’s, 6-1, win.

But Lee ain’t no Darren Zack.

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Twins say goodbye to the comfy Metrodome

Monday, October 12th, 2009

in front of apartment building  12 Oct 2009
Photo of Minnesota’s first 2009 snow fall by my sister Metta Marie Rogers of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN – The New York Yankees ousted the Twins from the American League Division Series with a 4-1 victory Sunday. And with the defeat, a 28-year run of playing “under cover” in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome comes to an end.

In 2010, the Twins will open their season on April 12 against the Boston Red Sox in their new Target Field in downtown Minneapolis. The Twins $412 million outdoor stadium.

Now, had the Twins won on Sunday, the playoffs would have continued today under miserable playing conditions “IF” the game had been played outdoors at Target Field.

About 4 inches of snow has fallen and the temperatures hover in the 30s. Just ideal for riding a snowmobile or ice fishing.

But outdoor baseball?

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Harmon Killebrew concerned about steroids and Hall of Fame

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

(I think you will enjoy what Harmon Killebrew has to say about players suspected of or caught using steroids, who may later be inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame.)

By Jim Baumbach, Newsday

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — The next home run Alex Rodriguez hits will be the 573rd of his career, moving him into a tie with Harmon Killebrew for ninth place on the all-time list.

And Killebrew isn’t too happy about that.

Speaking honestly and diplomatically, Killebrew, 73, never specifically mentioned A-Rod or anybody else by name but still made his point clear Friday: He doesn’t like seeing known steroid users mess with the record books.

“Certainly the players who played years ago are very saddened by anything that hurts the game and integrity of baseball,” Killebrew said at Doubleday Field. “Right now they’ve hurt the integrity of the game.”

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Town team baseball, the thing to do

Monday, July 6th, 2009

By Bob Otto / Freelance Writer & Photographer

CANNON FALLS, MN – 49 years ago before major league baseball took root in the twin cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, town team baseball thrived in Minnesota.

And it still does. At least in the Cannon Valley region. Just ask Bill Winchell. The friendly announcer with a smooth voice that major league announcers would envy has been broadcasting and scoring games for the Cannon Falls Bears for over 15 years.

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