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  1. Devereaux's Avatar
    Next year will be the big test. This season they can still count 17,000 "paid attending" because the season ticket numbers haven't dropped as drastically as they might have, thanks to the All-Star Game.

    Next year the bottom could very well drop out, even if the Twins scramble to mediocrity. Minnesota fans have always been very fickle.
  2. Sconnie's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ncgo4
    Buxton? Who are you kidding? A slight wrist sprain, "He's day to day." Is now 4 weeks and won't play until May, "We're being cautious." Is this another example of the Twins great medical team at work? Remember a Guy named Sano who had a sore elbow? "He'll rest it over the winter?" Then when spring training arrived, Tommy John surgery.
    At least Sano's elbow hasn't fallen off, nor Buxton's hand... JK I have been suspect of the medical staff and the PR that goes with it since "bilateral leg weakness gate". Back to Dre's point... I think he's right, this will be a lower attendance season until this team puts something out there worth paying the price of admission for. The food and drink isn't that great...
    All we've heard is Sano this, Buxton that, those two are on the shelf for a big chunk or all of this season. That means the Twins need to find a new mechanism for 2014 and 2015 optimism.
  3. ND-Fan's Avatar
    The problem the Twins face is that their time to add free agents to improve this team was two years ago after the second terrible year. I think Terry Ryan being from the old school was going to rebuild this team way he did in the 90's and into early 2000's this was from within not spending money on free agency. This was the plan and he was more optimistic that team could play close to 500 baseball which he told the Pohlads. The problem was the team under performed and injuries decimated the team to point where they were not even competitive the last month and half of season. This left the fan base with memory of terrible team and one of the worst records in baseball. The problem with this scenario was that it repeated itself for the last two seasons.
    This is when Pohlads I believe came into discussion of baseball operations of the team telling Terry Ryan that needed to spend enough to keep the brand value up by putting together team that could be respectable until this new wave of talent that is coming will be here at the major league level. The problem that has caused is that Twins did sign pitchers that fit into this rebuild but were not dominate and they have gotten off to poor start. Also the Twins signing free agents I believe have been hampered by free agents don't want to play for looser and just gap filler between that new wave of talent unless its for ridiculus amount of money. This has left us with 2014 and probably part 2015 until we can see the turn around of this team. Not helping this is that new wave of talent is getting hurt further delaying the process. Terry Ryan could be held at fault but he was rebuilding team the way management wanted previously from the within and with very little money spent. He has done that again I believe and has to just wait and keep adding talent to the minors as he goes along. Manager Gardenhire could be held at fault and would likely would have been gone in a lot of other organizations for on field performance but truth is that nobody could have won with this team. Maybe a manager or two could have tweaked one or two more wins or they could have easily lost several more. The Pohlads ultimately are responsible but I do believe they as owners have been willing to put a winning team on the field. I think what we have had here is lack of communication and management plan for the goal of this organization on how quickly they wanted to have competitive team on the field. I am betting this has been addressed in the last year and is on going how to structure and get organization on the same page from owners, baseball management, to total Twins business management on same page and be able to improve the Twins brand. I believe this is the case based on Jim Pohlads statements he has made in the last year.
    The Twins went through this like in late 70's and early 80's and again in late 90's and early 2000's the difference was in ownership and management how they did it. The first time under
    Griffiths they just brought all the young talent up and let them play at majors but this was draw for fans to watch future of Twins grow. The risk is that some may never recover from being beaten up at major league level but this group core was basis for Twins 87 world series win. The second time was in early 2000's when they had worked a core group of players until they were ready to be at major league level the result was nearly a decade of winning baseball. Personally I liked the first because I think it created hard core nucleus of players that just wanted prove to rest of baseball that they were winners and they went out and did win the ultimate prize. But the time was different now players seem to have confidence that they can win and if they have lost it they can't get it back. Our only hope is The Twins pitching does get better and Plouffe , Colabella, Mauer, and Arcia when he gets back continue to hit like they have now or in past and Hicks, Dozier, and Suzuki continue to have average performances. What I have seen so far this year by eye test this is better club than last two years maybe stats don't bare this out yet but I can see they are better team and more talented than they have been previous two years. Some players just look better and are prepared to play at this level examples are Dozier, Plouffe, Arcia, and Pinto. Lets just hope things start coming together nothing I like better than to watch baseball if it played well not what we experienced last year at the end of the season.
  4. Ncgo4's Avatar
    Buxton? Who are you kidding? A slight wrist sprain, "He's day to day." Is now 4 weeks and won't play until May, "We're being cautious." Is this another example of the Twins great medical team at work? Remember a Guy named Sano who had a sore elbow? "He'll rest it over the winter?" Then when spring training arrived, Tommy John surgery.
  5. gunnarthor's Avatar
    Part of the problem is you are comparing some weekday home games the last two years to the 2011 season which were friday-sunday night games.

    I have no doubt that attendance this year will be lower than last year - until Buxton comes up at least - but it's not a huge deal for us anyways until/unless the payroll is affected and there is no indication that it will be.
  6. tobi0040's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hosken Bombo Disco
    I agree we need to be playing young guys. The Kubel signing is already leaving a bad taste for me. He has a huge hole in his swing on the high strike which Parker has shown on other threads. He cannot hit for average any more. Speaking of sample size.. I also think of Colabello as a potential DH but if you go back and look, Colabello hit 150 points lower than Pinto with twice the at bats and Pinto's power numbers dwarfed Colabellos. Pinto is one of the young guys and needs to be in the lineup, at catch, DH, third base, shortstop, somewhere. In hindsight 2013 would have been the season to baptize the young guys with playing time.
    Good article. You said several things I have thought for years. Gardy's in game substitutions make no sense. That manages in baseball have less impact than the other major sports. The irrational fear of losing the catcher, etc.

    As it relates to Pinto, I think it highlights Gardy's worst trait. He seems overly stubborn. For some reason he thinks that he can't have a catcher as a bench bat or DH. It is hard to understand how he would think Colabello or Parmelee are better bats than Pinto.

    So he will likley go with Fryer/Parmelee on the bench, then complain about his bench options later. Seems to me Pinto catching 35-40% of the time, learning from Suzuki daily, and hitting another game or two is the best for the team in the short term and Pinto's development.
  7. Hosken Bombo Disco's Avatar
    I agree we need to be playing young guys. The Kubel signing is already leaving a bad taste for me. He has a huge hole in his swing on the high strike which Parker has shown on other threads. He cannot hit for average any more. Speaking of sample size.. I also think of Colabello as a potential DH but if you go back and look, Colabello hit 150 points lower than Pinto with twice the at bats and Pinto's power numbers dwarfed Colabellos. Pinto is one of the young guys and needs to be in the lineup, at catch, DH, third base, shortstop, somewhere. In hindsight 2013 would have been the season to baptize the young guys with playing time.
  8. beckmt's Avatar
    1. Maybe Mauer will play 150 games and keep his OBA high. Extra power would be nice, but maybe he tried to do too much last year or was more dinged up then anyone thought.
    2. Hopefully Sano will be here this year, almost certainly next. Will have to see how he does in AA or AAA to be sure. Chance of making the club in spring training 5%.
    3. Probably not unless cup of coffee in September, if early he has been really good or club has been really bad.
    4. Hughes is probably what he is A good #3 at best. Ballpark should help, but do not expect a frontline starter.
    5. Hopefully
    6. Meyer will have to help this club. Hopefully this year(After one of the starters is traded to make room for him). Will probably start in AAA, but would love to see him make the jump.
    7. Hopefully Dozier continues to improve. That would always be a nice problem to have. Rosario was drug of abuse, Hopefully he learns his lesson.
    8. It was Gibson's first full year back from TJ surgery. Let's see how he does this year as this year will go a long way in telling his future(50/50)
    9. Hopefully never
    10. Kubel making this team would be good news/bad news.
    11. N/A
    12. We all hope sometime during his Twin career. 40 a year in this ballpark would be great.
    13. Too many to count.
    14. N/A
    15 N/A

    Wolves are a mess, maybe 8 more years in the non playoff mode. (Worst case Love leaves which make the trading of Williams one of the worst in Wolves history). All other good players leave at end of contract and Wolves have to start over.
  9. Teflon's Avatar
    Thank you 24-hour sports news media and the blogosphere for clamping onto Richard Sherman for dear life and not letting go since, if not for Sherman, all of this broadcast and blogging void would have had to have been filled with even more dissection of Peyton's use of the word "Omaha" at the line of scrimmage.
  10. DreInWA's Avatar
    Thanks for your responses. I don't really have a dog in this fight, in the sense that I am not really a Seahawks fan per se. That said, I live in Seattle, and they do so many great things in the community, and are a much more likable squad than some of the media makes them out to be. I thought this got overblown, and Sherman seems like a pretty great guy. We are lucky to have Joe Mauer in Minnesota, now if the Twins could just start winning
  11. BigTrane's Avatar
    Personally can't stand the NFL & NBA & how the attitude/arrogance is fed directly into their marketing of the games. Also hate how coverage of NFL training camp eats into MLB coverage as early as August...

    The only Richard Sherman I care about is the one who wrote "Let's Get Together" for The Parent Trap, later covered by Redd Kross, played on their Third Eye tour @ First Avenue, and directly leading to permanent partial hearing loss due to banging my head in Stephen McDonald's bass bin in appreciation. Fair trade off, no regrets.
  12. Hosken Bombo Disco's Avatar
    That raw emotion was a nice departure from the normal boring Peyton Manning snoozefest interviews. Sherman actually kind of put himself on the map and will now have a chance to back it up. If he performs and Seattle wins they will go down as one of the great all time Defenses and I think they can do it. Go 'hawks!
  13. clutterheart's Avatar
    Seahawk fan here so I am biased
    I am sure I would dislike him if he wasn't on my team. But there is no way I could disrespect his game.

    that pic is amazing.
    Great Post and Go Hawks!
  14. DreInWA's Avatar
    Ha, I think that is a fair assertion. Though I doubt AJ was ever as talented, and there was the fact that even AJ's teammates didn't like him
  15. OldTwinky's Avatar
    Sherman is the AJ Pierzynski of football. If he played for the Vikings I'd love him, but he don't. So he should shut his garbage mouth!
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