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Axel Kohagen
02-26-2013, 09:51 PM
You can view the page at http://twinsdaily.com/content.php?r=1410-The-Ballad-of-Big-Jim

tjsyam921
02-27-2013, 05:50 AM
As fun as it was to watch Big Jim smack homers with ease i just dont see a spot on the 25 man for him. Splitting DH duty between Doumit, Mauer, Willingham, and Morneau doesn't leave many ABs. Only way I'd like to see him is if it means there's no room for Butera.

Steve Penz
02-27-2013, 06:07 AM
How do folks chastise the Twins for Correa and then ask for Thome? Emotions need to be set aside. It would be a horrible business decision for the future. No, please no.

tw1ns1
02-27-2013, 10:32 AM
Torn on this one.....no need for 3 catchers, that i am sure of.

diehardtwinsfan
02-27-2013, 10:37 AM
I'm still trying to figure out how paying Thome 1M to be a power hitter off the bench is going to be a horrible decision for the future... I think Thome could singlehandedly win a few close/late games with a late inning HR, but beyond that, how? He isn't blocking anyone other than possibly sending Butera to AAA... and that's hardly a loss.

Neil
02-27-2013, 10:49 AM
This was a very nice article, Horrorpants. I agree whole-heartedly; bring the big guy back!

minn55441
02-27-2013, 11:00 AM
It's still spring and I holding out hope for a miracle run. When we hit June and any hope of sticking with the leaders in the central have faded, it would be nice to have Jim in the lineup every couple of days.

If we don't have a playoff chase to look forward to, we will need some additonal story lines. Jim Thome will be a good storyline. Are we past the point where his class and professional approach wouldn't be of benefit to everyone in the clubhouse?

Steve Penz
02-27-2013, 11:13 AM
I'm still trying to figure out how paying Thome 1M to be a power hitter off the bench is going to be a horrible decision for the future... I think Thome could singlehandedly win a few close/late games with a late inning HR, but beyond that, how? He isn't blocking anyone other than possibly sending Butera to AAA... and that's hardly a loss.

To be fair, I am being a bit emotionally driven myself. Let me explain. My contention is that adding any hitter to this squad who has no chance of being on the team in the future seems crazy to me. I get the Thome thing and your statement makes sense. I just don't see why they would not want to try and give another some mlb at bats before adding Thome. Colabello? At least he has some chance of a future or maybe if he hits then we could trade him for something.

I love Thome. I just don't see the point.

Oldgoat_MN
02-27-2013, 11:49 AM
Thome had 40 strikouts last year in 115 PA.
He is 50 strikeouts from being the all time leader in strikeouts.

Love the guy, but he should avoid that record.

LewFordLives
02-27-2013, 11:53 AM
I admit, he would add some fun to what otherwise could be a long year for this club. Down by a couple runs late in the game, there would be an adrenaline surge knowing we got big Jim on the bench if someone gets on.

That said, I'm not sure how realistic it is to use up a roster spot for him. Like it or not, the Twins will take 3 catchers north. They aren't paying Butera $800K to sit in Rochester. That leaves the final 3 bench spots for 1 OF and 2 utility infielders. Given the new look outfield and the uncertainy in the infield, they're gonna want as much flexibility as possible. I don't see them giving up one of those bench spots to accomodate Thome.

Mchans24
02-27-2013, 06:50 PM
If he plays well is there any trade value in July?

Neil
02-27-2013, 11:27 PM
Well, there is no point, strictly from a player development angle. But, one might argue he has value as an extra coach, especially with so much flux in the coaching staff. Also, he makes it more fun to be at the game. When it's more fun to be at the game, more fans will show up. When more fans show up, the team has more dollars to reinvest in the team..

As for whether that outweighs the value of giving his at bats to a younger player, I can't say.