New Minnesota Twins reliever is from town of 436 people



‘If You’re Good Enough Someone Will Find You’

Onetime St. Paul (MN) Saints lefty Caleb Thielbar, now entrenched in the Minnesota Twins ‘ bullpen, gets our nod for quote of the week, courtesy of Thielbar, who has a 1.00 earned run average for his last 10 appearances and is 5-2, 2.22 for 80 career major league games with the Twins the last two seasons, comes from Randolph, MN, population 436.

“It just shows you, you can do it,” the 27-year-old said. “It’s not like it’s an unattainable goal (to pitch in the majors) for a kid from southern Minnesota or anywhere really. If you’re good enough to play, someone will find you.”

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