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Spring Training Q&A: Jan Rehacek

13 Mar

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·         FINAL REMINDER, Today is the Day! Today, the TWINSCENTRIC Viewing Party at Major’s Sports Café in Apple Valley. All four TwinsCentric guys will be there. Several other prominent Twins bloggers will be there as well. It will start about noon (when the Twins/Phillies game starts) and will go until a little after the game is complete. Prizes (including a Minnesota Twins 2010 Prospect Handbook, a Twins 2010 Annual, and even Twins tickets!) will be given away throughout the afternoon. So, if you have a chance, stop by and it’ll be fun just talking Twins with Twins fans!

·         Fanatic Jack hosted a special Friday night edition of Twins Talk. He was joined by DW the Great (Twin-Keys) and Andrew Kneeland (Twins Target) were his guests.

·         On Saturday morning at 10:00 central time, DW the Great will host his podcast as well. TJ De Santis, the producer of The Show, will be one of his guests.

·         A Huge Congratulations to friend of SethSpeaks, Phil Mackey, who left KFAN on Friday morning and announced that he will be moving to KSTP (which will soon be ESPN 1500). On March 23, he will join Patrick Reusse on the air from noon to two. Mackey writes a blog at and runs the Minnesota Poker Tour and Minnesota Poker Magazine. Mackey joins Mr. Phunn Joe Anderson and Doogie Wolfson as former KFAN guys to move to KSTP.

·         The Twins minor leaguers will have their first practice on Saturday, weather permitting. I learned last night that Trayvone Johnson, who was drafted as a catcher just last June, has been moved to the mound because of his great arm.


The Twins signed Jan Rehacek in July and sent the 23 year old to the GCL Twins. The lefty from the Czech Republic had been playing in Europe and pitching well. In just six innings with the GCL Twins he allowed just two base runners and no runs. 2010 will be an interesting season. He will be 24 years old, so you would want him to move up quickly and yet, he would not even be eligible for the Rule 5 draft until after the 2012 season, so they should allow him to slowly develop. I definitely want to thank Jan for taking time to answer my questions. English is a language he is very new to him as he speaks Czech, but I enjoyed his responses and hopefully you will too.  (To see all previous Q&As, click here) (and feel free to leave questions or comments here)


…Let the Questions Begin!


SethSpeaks: Now that you’ve had a few months to look back and reflect, what are your thoughts on your 2009 season?


Jan Rehacek: It was great experience for me, because season 09 was my first professional season in my career.


SethSpeaks: What do you do when you’re not playing baseball or working out in preparation for the upcoming season?


Jan Rehacek: I´m studying, enjoying life, time with my girlfriend and parents.

SethSpeaks: When did you start getting ready for the 2010 season, and what was your routine?


Jan Rehacek: I´m starting working out and preparing for upcoming season 1 month after my season is over. My daily routine is gym, practice, running.


SethSpeaks: What are your goals for the 2010 season? Where would you like to play, and are there any statistics that you are looking to improve?


Jan Rehacek: My goals are be good, prepare for season, put everything that I got to the game. And jump to the single A at least.


SethSpeaks: What does spring training mean for you, and what are you looking forward to this year?


Jan Rehacek: It will be my first spring training, I´m pretty exciting to see that great players.


SethSpeaks: Being from the Czech Republic, did you have a Favorite Player or a favorite team?


Jan Rehacek: Of course I have. For example: Josh Beckett, Daisuke Matsuzaka. Funny is that they are not lefties:-)


SethSpeaks: How popular is baseball in your country? 


Jan Rehacek: It´s not that popular like football or ice hockey. But it´s quite good.


SethSpeaks: Tell us a little about your decision to sign with the Twins. Were other teams talking to you too?


Jan Rehacek: I had 6 offers from other teams. And Twins offer for me sounds very trustworthy and was very straight to me.


SethSpeaks: Best thing of career in baseball? 


Jan Rehacek: I think that lot of people in the world are not satisfied what they doing, so I can be glad that I´m playing baseball and also love what I´m doing. My life makes sense.


SethSpeaks: Toughest thing of career in baseball? 


Jan Rehacek: I think, be(ing) ready every time when coach give you a chance to play.


SethSpeaksWhat would it mean to make your big league debut?


Jan Rehacek: Finally fulfill my dream.

Thank you very much to Jan Rehacek for taking some of his time to respond. With English as his second language, I really appreciate his willingness and effort in answering my questions. If you would like, you can e-mail me, or feel free to leave your comments here.


Twins Geek on Travis Talks Tonight at Ten

11 Jan

The Twins Geek will be the guest on Travis Talks Minnesota Sports podcast tonight at ten o’clock central time. Be sure to tune in as there will be plenty of Twins and Vikings talk, and also a smattering of Timberwolves, Wild and Gophers talk. The live show is scheduled for 45 minutes, but Travis Aune informs me that the show could go a little long because there is a lot to talk about, so be sure to listen in tonight. If you can’t, be sure to check out the Archives in the morning!

Weekend Review

22 Dec

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Good Monday morning to everyone!! Just a few quick thoughts and then I’m going to get some sleep. I will actually be posting another article later today, something I’ve done some research on and written out, I just want to verify a couple more things before publishing it. So be sure to check back for that. Here are just a few random thoughts and links for people to discuss:

·         Following his incredible performance on Thursday night, many people seemed to believe that Peyton Manning had not only won a game for the Colts, but possibly won another MVP award for himself. If that is the case, is it also possible that with his performance on Sunday afternoon, Adrian Peterson took himself out of the running for that award?

·         Do you believe in Tubby? On Saturday, the Gophers remained undefeated by beating #9 ranked Louisville. They actually controlled most of the game and pulled out the win on a neutral site. Am I ready to call the Gophers a Big 10 contender for this year? I’m not so sure yet. However, I did buy into the Gophers football team’s 7-1 start, and then they lost four in a row. I might be a little bit gun shy to make any such statement on the Gophers hoops squad. That said, I have a lot more belief in Tubby than in Tim Brewster.

·         Anyone else sick of Winter yet? And just to think, it only officially became Winter on Sunday!

·         Mark Teixeira is a very good ball player. That is an easy statement to make. But is he really in the Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez camp of good? I mean, what has he done to have teams willing to go seven and eight years and $22-28 million dollars? Am I missing something?

·         Team Canada announced the Ernie Whitt would be its manager in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Also, Twins 1B Justin Morneau was the first player named to Team Canada. No surprises, but it does make you ask, which other Twins players could be playing for their home country in the WBC? Could Jesse Crain play for Team Canada? Will Joe Nathan be on Team USA again? Joe Mauer backed out of playing in it last time around. He would certainly be asked to play again this coming tournament, but would he accept this time? We can be pretty certain that Luke Hughes will be on the Australian team. Could Francisco Liriano pitch for The Dominican Republic? Would the Twins let him?  You have to assume that some of the young Twins minor leaguers from other countries have an opportunity as well.

·         Here is a YouTube link to Chris Coste speaking at Rider University in September. It is very good.

·         Here is a nice feel-good story from the “Oldtimer” Tom Grout who blogs for the Fergus Falls Journal. Take a minute or two to check it out.

·         And finally, what is The Greatest Christmas Movie of All-Time, according to Twins starter Kevin Slowey? Click here to find out!

Any thoughts? Leave your comments here.

Q&A with Dave Mona

7 Aug

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to have a Question and Answer with one of Minnesota’s most influential sports personalities. Dave Mona has seen pretty much everything that has happened in Minnesota sports in the last 40-50 years. He just wrote a book called “Beyond the Sports Huddle, Mona on Minnesota.” I had the opportunity to read the book and it is excellent. IF you would like to read the Q&A and learn much more about Dave Mona, please go to!

Thank you!