MINNEAPOLIS -- If you can’t imagine the Twins giving up a Friday game, you’re not alone. The team’s front office is right there with you, even if it means playing geographical rival Milwaukee on a weekday.
“We’ve done all the analytics and they show us that while we do well on weekends, giving up a Friday is not worth it related to overall attendance,” Twins president Dave St. Peter said Saturday.
Starting two years ago, major league teams were given the option to move their two-game interleague rivalry series to a weekend; the catch is that Friday would be an off day. The Twins have declined that option, but four teams took it this year. With the Indians playing this weekend at Cincinnati, and the Cubs playing the White Sox in the south side, four teams had scheduled off days Friday.
Teams sometimes get a Friday off after Opening Day, but a scheduling an idle Friday in midseason is an anomaly brought to you by interleague play, specifically when it involves those two-game series. Every three years, they’re three-game series.
The important thing, St. Peter said, is getting the Brewers series scheduled during the “summer window.” To move a two-game series to a Saturday and Sunday would require approval of both teams.
“To give up a Friday date has not been appealing enough to do it,” St. Peter said. “At this point, all the analysis suggests you give up too much to make it worthwhile.”
Cron to IL
The Twins’ already substantial injury list grew by one Saturday when Minnesota put first baseman C.J. Cron on the 10-day injured list because of inflammation in his right thumb.
Cron has been playing through the injury for some time, manager Rocco Baldelli said.
“It’s affected him,” Baldelli said. “He does not complain very much. He says he can play every single day no matter what’s going on; he shouldn’t be playing right now.”