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  1. TwinsGuy55422's Avatar
    I was surprised he was hitting 93-94 on the gun a couple of times. I also liked his change up that he stuck out Gomez on.
  2. SpinnesotaGirl's Avatar
    I thought the same thing. Just too bad that it comes down to a position player having to pitch. But Butera held his own, I was impressed.

    Quote Originally Posted by J-Dog Dungan
    Totally reminded me of Cuddyer pitching last year in a similar-scoring blowout
  3. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
    Totally reminded me of Cuddyer pitching last year in a similar-scoring blowout
  4. Mchans24's Avatar
    Mauer is a two hole hitter. He doesn't belong in the three spot.
  5. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    RBIs are not the end all, be all in terms of value. His OBP is highly valuable. His value is more like a $15 million guy now. Mauer is not simply a .300 hitter, he's a .380+ OBP batter. He gets on base for Willingham and company to drive him in (and hopefully Dozier, who should be hitting 5th).

    And what is a "true leader" exactly?
  6. one_eyed_jack's Avatar
    I'm more interested in WHY Mauer isn't hitting like he once was and how we get him going again. There's a lot of focus on his salary, but not re-signing him was not a realistic option at that point. Beloved local boy coming off an MVP year, new ballpark opening soon - can you imagine the reaction if the Twins had refused to pay up for Mauer?

    Also, it's not like if he were making half of what he is now that anyone would find his performance acceptable.

    Is he hurt? Sometimes it takes guys more than a season to get back to where they were after an injury. Are pitchers approaching him differently? Is it a mental thing?

    I understand why there is so much ire directed at Mauer, even apart from the contract

    1) The lack of candor regarding his injury last year created an image of softness
    2) He's finally back and playing, but still not producing
    3) He's not an emotional guy, and that creates the impression of indifference. He doesn't react to much of anything on the field, and he's a cliche machine in interviews. And while we don't know what goes on in the clubhouse, it sure doesn't seem like he embraces the role of team leader the way an MVP/Gold Glove/Silver Slugger/Batting Champion usually does.

    Is it just going to take time for him to find a groove again? A new hitting coach? A new manager? Another teammate to get on his case?

    Or has he really already worn down to the point where this is really the best he can do?
  7. rogrulz30's Avatar
    He is only worth that if he is a full time catcher, he isn't and won't be every again, which makes his value very very poor, unless he starts hitting for power.
  8. SpinnesotaGirl's Avatar
    I agree that the manager definitely needs to be the authority. I just feel it is unprofessional to use these nicknames.
  9. Boom Boom's Avatar
    The nicknames are rather childish. Some of the players, the young ones especially, need the manager to be an authority rather than a buddy.
  10. ashburyjohn's Avatar
    If you don't like those nicknames, then you *really* wouldn't like the nicknames coach Tom Brunansky hung on Darin Mastroianni and Aaron Bates during spring training.

    Me, I have no problem with the nicknames. If Lexi or Plouffey are confused about who calls the shots, this won't be the reason.
  11. Thrylos's Avatar
    True. But Gardenhire (and his coaches) and Ryan are also given multiple chances to prove themselves...
  12. SpinnesotaGirl's Avatar
    Thank you! It has been something that has been bothering me for a long time and I just had to get it out there.
  13. twinswon1991's Avatar
    Couldnt agree more with this article!
  14. strumdatjag's Avatar
    I think fans at Target Field can also bring a sign saying "X Me Out Bert".
  15. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
    I like this: "Correlation and causation? Oh I think so."

    Good post.
  16. SpinnesotaGirl's Avatar
    Good call on moving Liriano to the bullpen. Maybe it will make him a little more desirable down the stretch for someone looking for a left handed reliever like you said.

    I wish I could have been a fly on the wall when they drew up Blackburn's contract...maybe they threw a dart at a board and paid him whatever number the dart landed on.

    Quote Originally Posted by John Bonnes
    I'd be up for moving Liriano to the bullpen, just to see if anything positive comes of it. If something does, relief pitchers are in demand at the trade deadline, especially left-handers. Maybe then they could unload his salary. (Not that the Twins are likely to do much with it at this point.)

    I can't see any way out with Blackburn. Hope he turns it around and dump him to the first person that shows any interest. That contract was a huge mistake and everyone thought so at the time except the Twins. I'd love to get a sense of what they were thinking.
    Updated 05-10-2012 at 03:15 PM by SpinnesotaGirl
  17. John Bonnes's Avatar
    I'd be up for moving Liriano to the bullpen, just to see if anything positive comes of it. If something does, relief pitchers are in demand at the trade deadline, especially left-handers. Maybe then they could unload his salary. (Not that the Twins are likely to do much with it at this point.)

    I can't see any way out with Blackburn. Hope he turns it around and dump him to the first person that shows any interest. That contract was a huge mistake and everyone thought so at the time except the Twins. I'd love to get a sense of what they were thinking.
  18. SpinnesotaGirl's Avatar
    Casilla is definitely on the list as well, Plouffe too. Valencia is heading that way. Those pitchers came to mind first as our pitching staff is the biggest problem we have on the team right now.


    Quote Originally Posted by shanewahl
    Blackburn's contract was a huge, inexcusable mistake. Without it, he would be playing for another team at this point or would be in the bullpen in long relief.

    That money isn't going anywhere. He will be a Twin in 2013. Liriano should be sent packing either at the trade deadline or in the offseason. His delivery is a mess.

    I assume that Casilla will be on your list eventually too. And then Valencia and Plouffe.
  19. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    Blackburn's contract was a huge, inexcusable mistake. Without it, he would be playing for another team at this point or would be in the bullpen in long relief.

    That money isn't going anywhere. He will be a Twin in 2013. Liriano should be sent packing either at the trade deadline or in the offseason. His delivery is a mess.

    I assume that Casilla will be on your list eventually too. And then Valencia and Plouffe.
  20. SpinnesotaGirl's Avatar
    Yeah his little contingent of favorite players is a whole other story but yes, I'd like to see him get in some faces and make the changes the needs to.
    Updated 05-04-2012 at 03:59 PM by SpinnesotaGirl
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