July 25, 2021

Voices of the Game, day 13: Justin Morneau to Roy Smalley (Bleed Cubbie Blue)

I’m starting to see the end in sight here. But there won’t be an installment tomorrow because of Thanksgiving. Go eat your turkey and have fun. I’ll have more broadcaster bios on Friday.

If you want to catch up on earlier entries, you can check out the StoryStream. And if you want the rules of the road, check out the first entry.

21. Justin Morneau. Minnesota Twins. WAR: 27.2

Morneau was born and grew up in British Columbia and like all good Canadian boys, played hockey as well as baseball. He was a member of a title-winning junior hockey team in 1998. Morneau is quick to point out he was the third-string goaltender who never played, and that probably convinced him that his future was in baseball.

The Twins took Morneau out of high school in the third round of the 1999 Draft. He quickly established himself as one of the Twins’ top prospects and made his major league debut in 2003. Morneau struggled in 40 games with the Twins that season, but he returned to Triple-A for the 2004 season and hit .306 with 22 home runs in the first half. The Twins then made a pretty historic four-team trade that sent starting first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz to the Red Sox to make room…

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