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#pounditTuesday, December 1, 2020

Twins player ‘confronted’ team play-by-play announcer over negative remarks

Paul-Molitor

The Minnesota Twins are on pace for their worst 162-game season in franchise history. Not much has gone right thus far for the 11-33 Twins, and that has made it difficult for broadcasters and people who are covering the team to stay positive about what fans are seeing.

Just ask Dick Bremer.

Bremer, the Twins’ play-by-play announcer for FOX Sports North, recently told Mike McFeely of WDAY AM 970 that he was “confronted” by a Twins player who was unhappy over something Bremer and his partner, Hall of Fame pitcher Bert Blyleven, said on the air.

“I make it a practice to go in the clubhouse every day and go down on the field, so if a player has a complaint about something I’ve said on television they have that opportunity,” Bremer explained. “I was confronted in the clubhouse in the last homestand. I didn’t say what I wanted to say, which was, ‘Well, play better and the commentary will be more positive.’ You can’t mask the fact this team is a quarter of the way through the season with 10 wins.”

Bremer did not specify which player or players confronted him, nor did he say if the exchange was heated or in jest. It’s hard to imagine a player having the stones to seriously complain about something negative being said about the worst team in baseball.

“You know you have to draw the line between placating your audience who wants to see the Twins win, but still when somebody makes a bad play … when (Eddie) Rosario overshoots the cutoff man and airmails the ball to home plate, everybody knows that’s unacceptable and shouldn’t be seen in a Major League ballgame,” Bremer added. “So you have to point that out.”

The only team that has been close to as embarrassing as the Twins this season is the one that let its manager know of his firing via a flight confirmation email. There’s nothing good you can say about being on pace for less than 50 wins. Players should do something about that on the field if they don’t want to hear it.

H/T The Big Lead

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