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LaTroy Hawkins’ FSN debut includes ripping ex-teammate, current White Sox reliever

MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins hired three new front office members this winter, and they’ll take their turn as part-time ambassadors for the franchise while doing broadcast work on FSN.

It’s a new path for three prominent former Twins players, and Tuesday it was LaTroy Hawkins’ turn to debut as a color analyst during the Twins-Rockies game.

In the clip from Tuesday’s broadcast, FSN’s Marney Gellner was joking around with Hawkins that she went digging in the Rockies clubhouse to try to unearth dirt on Hawkins from his former teammates.

Hawkins cracked back with a laugh and line ripping one of his ex-teammates.

“Well, I can’t believe they didn’t tell you about the fight that I got into in 2014 with one of my teammates, Tommy Kahnle. I’m surprised they didn’t tell you about that,” Hawkins said.

FSN’s play-by-play broadcast Dick Bremer seemed like he wanted to ease the apparent tension from that statement.

“It was just good-natured, right?” Bremer asked.

“No,” Hawkins said flatly. “One of the worst teammates I’ve ever had in my life. By far. And I’ve had a lot of teammates.”

For some viewers, it’s a bit of an uncomfortable moment, for sure. But I will say that it’s a some refreshing honesty. Not everything is good-natured and friendly.

Still, it’s a little surprising to see a former Major Leaguer airing his grievances against a former teammate – and current MLB pitcher — during a TV broadcast.

Kahnle, in 15 relief outings for the White Sox this year, has a 1.93 ERA and a ridiculous 50% strikeout rate. But apparently he’s one of the worst teammates that Hawkins has ever had.

Hawkins pitched for 21 years in the big leagues with 11 different clubs, including 9 years with the Twins from 1995 until 2003.

I’m guessing there’s a second side to this story. Maybe it will come out in the next couple days. Or maybe this will quietly fade away.

Go to a baseball game — or, in this case, tune into one on TV — and you might see something you’ve never seen before.

That one-liner wasn’t an exhaustive report of Hawkins’ debut in the TV broadcast booth, of course, and at least one review was highly complimentary of the former reliever’s insight.

  • JonasGrumby

    You are such a gusher, Phil!

  • frozeninbemidji

    ouch babe

  • fritzdahmus

    If Trump said that, CNN would lead with it. And, of course we would have a Congressional hearing.

    Let’s all cringe slightly when Latroy said that…and move on. Certainly write about it in the context of critiquing his entire performance in the booth. But that is the nature of this website. They love their mini-articles…..almost like a mega-tweet. Just read the headline, and you have the substance of the article.

    These guys (Hawkins and Hunter) are ex-ballplayers who don’t ever intend on making a career of this…..let’s chuckle and move on. I sense someone wants a “congressional hearing”….or at least debate it on one of those stupid ESPN talking-head shows (with a babe as the moderator…of course…maybe a blonde…in a tight red dress. I think that’s the standard).


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