Remember when the Twins posted this lineup exactly three years ago?
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A tip of the cap to @Ex_Twins_News for looking back three years at one of the most amazing lineups in Minnesota Twins history:
Lineup 3 years ago today: Revere, CF Plouffe, 2B Mauer, RF Morneau, 1B Thome, DH Valencia, 3B Tosoni, LF Nishioka, SS Butera, C Duensing SP— Ex Twins News (@Ex_Twins_News) August 18, 2014
No, that's not a typo. Mauer played right field that night because Luke Hughes went to the wrong gate for his flight from Lehigh Valley (where Triple-A Rochester was playing) to Minneapolis. The Twins were short-handed due to multiple injuries, and because Hughes missed his flight it was either Mauer or Justin Morneau who needed to take one for the team and play right field.
The rest of the lineup is cause for a "Where Are They Now: 2011 Minnesota Twins Who Played Regularly" edition...
Rene Tosoni: Currently hitting .275/.353/.423 with 6 home runs and 45 RBIs in 87 games for the Sioux City Explorers - an Independent League team in Iowa.
Alex Burnett: Teammates with Tosoni in Sioux City. He owns a 2.36 ERA in 42 innings. Always threw hard and had downward-moving stuff, but could rarely tally a strikeout.
Dusty Hughes: Retired last summer and had plans to become a coach at a private school somewhere. My favorite Dusty Hughes moment was when the Twins optioned him early during that 2011 season, and a reporter walked up to ask him if the front office gave him any specific things to work on in Triple-A. Hughes' response: "What do I need to work on? I've got a (expletive) 10.00 ERA, man."
Tsuyoshi Nishioka: He has been sidelined for most of the season in Japan due to injuries. Since signing with Hanshin prior to the 2013 season, Nishioka is hitting .286 with 4 HRs and 11 stolen bases in 134 games.
Danny Valencia: Now with his fourth team (Toronto) in three years since departing Minnesota, Valencia has figured out a way to be serviceable as a part-time player. He hit .371/.392/.639 against lefties last year and .373/.418/.518 against lefties this year. He can't hit righties, but he mashes lefties.
Alexi Casilla: Now 30 years old and hitting .280/.335/.342 for Triple-A Norfolk in the Baltimore farm system.
Luke Hughes: Hit .269/.350/.435 in 29 games for the Perth Heat of the Australian Baseball League last season.
Matt Tolbert: Recently accepted a coaching position with the Williamsport Crosscutters - a Single-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Jason Repko: Hitting .196/.288/.309 in 30 games for the York Revolution - an independent team in the Atlantic League.
Joe Benson: Once among the Twins' hottest prospects, Benson is now hitting .262/.361/.397 with 8 HRs and 14 stolen bases in 113 games for Double-A Jacksonville in the Miami Marlins organization.
Jose Mijares: Out of baseball.
In retrospect, it's pretty amazing how the 2011 Twins - playing all of those aforementioned players regularly at some point - only lost 99.