“Probably just feel good healthwise, and that’s getting me out there every day.But, not a whole lot different than from what I usually try to do,” Mauer said.
You couldn’t imagine it.” A lot of people at the time couldn’t imagine the Twins choosing Mauer, though.The conference call had begun, and a voice in New York was slowly and deliberately taking roll, making sure each major league team was connected, could hear clearly, and was ready to start. Joel Lepel, the Twins’ Midwest scouting supervisor, walked into the room as the roll call neared its end, having just listened in on one final round of last-ditch phone calls. He looked at the other assembled scouts, some who agreed with him, some who did not.The 2001 MLB draft was about to begin, and the Twins still didn’t have an answer. As General Manager Terry Ryan and assistant GM Wayne Krivsky walked in behind him, Lepel looked at scouting director Mike Radcliff, sitting at the head of the table in front of the phone, and shook his head. “I know some guys weren’t sure what I was going to say,” Radcliff says now.“You’re always trying to make adjustments throughout a season, and it’s been enjoyable just because of what we’re doing collectively.To see the guys making strides, especially our young players, you know, just getting better.” He’s been a big part of getting there.