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Joe Nathan Field is Open for Practice!

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
By Sam Kilb
Stony Brook Seawolves Examiner

The Stony Brook University baseball team took the field at brand-new Joe Nathan Field for the first time on Tuesday afternoon, according to Stony Brook Athletics.

The Seawolves will be ready to play games on the field as early as next week.

A tweeted picture of the players during a practice session shows the first time the players have played on a baseball field on Stony Brook University’s campus all year.

With the construction of the field going on during the spring semester, the Seawolves were forced to play their home games at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank, N.Y.

To read this entire article, CLICK HERE.

First Baseball Unplugged to be Held at Huberts April 24

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Michael Cuddyer will host the first Baseball Unplugged of the season at Huberts (Target Center) on April 24 (Easter Sunday). His guests will include Joe Nathan and Brian Duensing. CLICK HERE to go to for more details.

Nathan appreciates the praise thrown his way by Mariano

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Published: 2:00 AM – 04/07/11

NEW YORK — Over the years, as Joe Nathan evolved into one of baseball’s top closers, he has spoken glowingly of Mariano Rivera.

Nathan is as impressed with Rivera’s classy demeanor as he his with his killer cut fastball and World Series rings with the Yankees. As it turns out, Rivera, considered by many to be baseball’s greatest closer, has a lot of respect for Nathan.

Speaking about Nathan’s return to Minnesota after missing all of last year due to elbow surgery, Rivera had nothing but high praise on Wednesday.

“I love him, I love him,” said Rivera, whose 562 saves trail only Trevor Hoffman’s 601. “Joe is a great guy, a great human being, a great athlete. Seeing him back out there, battling out there, I like that. Joe respects the game, he respects players. He does what is right for baseball. The times I’ve talked with him have always been great.”

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Double-Barreled Finish

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

La Velle E. Neal III – Star Tribune:

Joe Nathan and Matt Capps hope to team up and provide a mighty one-two punch out of the Twins bullpen.

FORT MYERS, FLA. – If the Twins are clinging to a lead in the first game of a series, the ball is expected to go to righthander Joe Nathan, who is on track to being the closer on Opening Day just a year after Tommy John elbow surgery.

If the Twins are in the same situation the next night, Nathan is expected to get the ball again.

But if there is a third consecutive night of white-knuckle baseball, Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson probably will pick up the phone to the bullpen and ask for righthander Matt Capps.

To read the rest of the article on the Star Tribune site CLICK HERE.

New Year New Nathan

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

To read La Velle E. Neal’s feature on Joe’s rehab and preparation for Spring Training at the StarTribune site CLICK HERE.


Monday, July 19th, 2010

Joe Nathan played catch today for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery.  To read the coverage of the event Click Here.

Rehab: A Lonely Life

Friday, July 16th, 2010

The USA Today caught up with Joe Nathan as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery.  To ready the whole interview with  Joe CLICK HERE.

Joe Nathan on Sports Huddle

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Joe Nathan joined Sid Hartman and Dave Mona for an interview on the 4-4-10 Sports Huddle radio program on WCCO 830.

To listen to the audio interview with Joe click HERE.

Send a message to Joe

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Those wanting to send Joe notes of encouragement can do so by clicking the “Comments” link below this post.

Fan messages will be forwarded to Joe and his family this week.

Thanks for showing your support!

Target 2011

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

“It didn’t go as we had hoped” is how Joe Nathan described his throwing session today.  Nathan and Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson played catch for the first time since Joe left his first Spring Training appearance of 2010 with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow.

Nathan and the Twins hoped rest and conditioning would allow Joe to pitch through his injury but that won’t be the case.  Joe will now undergo “Tommy John” surgery to replace the ligament in his elbow and he plans to be back strong in 2011.


Monday, March 15th, 2010

After battling a virus that kept him out of action for the past couple of days, Joe Nathan is looking forward to testing his injured elbow on Saturday.  Nathan will play catch for the first time since leaving his first Spring Training game appearance with what turned out to be a torn ligament in his right elbow.

Read the full piece at by clicking HERE.

Rest and Rehab

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Joe Nathan was diagnosed with a “significant tear” to a ligament in his pitching elbow.  The repair the injury Nathan would have to undergo Tommy John surgery and miss all of the 2010 season.  Instead, Nathan is planning to rest and rehab the elbow with the hopes of being able to pitch for the Twins this season.

Click HERE to watch Joe talk about the injury.

Check back to in coming days for updates on Joe’s status.

Minne Bound

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Joe Nathan flew back to Minnesota Sunday night to have some tests run on his pitching elbow.  Nathan is optimistic the soreness and tightness he is experiencing is part of the recovery process from his off-season surgery but he and the Twins don’t want to take any chances.

Visit to read the complete coverage and to watch an interview with Joe.  Click HERE to check it out.

Tight Spot

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

Joe Nathan made his first appearance of Spring Training 2010 today but it didn’t end as expected.  Nathan struck out the first batter he faced but then issued walks to the next two hitters before leaving the game with a tight elbow.

To read complete coverage at click HERE.

Gotcha with the slider

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Check out the post-All Star Game interview with Joe Nathan at  Click HERE.

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