Tuesday, October 10, 2006

What's a costly error worth? $12 million

Evidently the Minnesota Twins front office and management team do not hold Torii Hunter personally responsible for their quick postseason exit.

The Twins chose to pick up the $12 million option the club had on the Gold Glove center fielder for 2007, meaning Hunter will be in Minnesota at least for one more year. It is the largest one year salary in Twins history; he and his agent are currently working on a long-term extension.

But after Hunter's monumental gaffe in Game 2 of the ALDS vs. Oakland, when he dove for a slicing liner and missed the ball, resulting in a game & series-turning inside-the-park home run by the A's Mark Kotsay, his return could not be a foregone conclusion.
The move by the Twins shows that there are no hard feelings with Hunter after the blunder, which he took full responsibility for and manager Ron Gardenhire proclaimed " when he goes after a ball I never second guess him."

Nothing like the support of your owner, GM and coach plus $12 million bucks to ease the hurt of committing a historic postseason faux pas. Enjoy, Torii.

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