My favorite record from the 2012 season: Who is the Twins all-time single season leader in stolen base percentage (min 20 attempts)?
These types of records are more fun than they should be. Thank you.
(Oh, and you have amazing byline skills.)
Thanks for all the kind words everyone. It's really fun to talk about just how important the Twins are to all of us. I know it's just a game, but it really becomes more than a game to many of us.
Very well written and cool tradition, I just had my first child in November, she will b right next to me on Monday!!
Being a teacher now....... you should know that some things are more important than school. Sometimes, the education is not institutional BS, it is the real word....... a higher education. Thanks for this story. You are to be commended for your stealth, cunning, and determination. In 1969, when I was in 9th grade in Lincoln, Nebrasksa, my history teacher brought a radio and the class got to listen to a World Series game of the Amazing Mets beating the vaunted Baltimore Orioles (he also played us Alice's Restaruant on another day). My boys, now 22 and 19, both love baseball, but sucked at playing it. I would take them out of school every 3 or 4 game stand the Twins had in Baltimore (when it wasn't the summer vacation) when I lived in Virginia for 24 years, and we would stay at the Renaissance where the Twins stayed, so they could see them after and before the games. It all started with taking them out of school and picking them up after a half day for a "Dr.'s appointment" to see Johan Santana defeat the Yankees in one of the Gardenhire managed teams rare playoff wins. Teach your children well. Learning is important, and learning how to learn....... school not so much, especially with parents that can give them memories that are way more important than make up work. Opening day has never been that important to me, really, but up close and personal, it is something my boys and I will have forever. We still go to as many baseball games and stadiums as we can, and meet places to to see the Twins play as the visiting team. When the season starts, it is all future and no past. Thanks for your off kilter blogging. It is a real joy.
This type of stuff is what I really love about Twins Daily. The statistical analysis from the guys is great, as is Seth's roster talk and Parker's video breakdowns. What really keeps me interested, though, is the stuff I learn about Twins fans. I love the Twins so much that I just plain love Twins fans. Here's to a surprisingly great season starting with all of our routines on Monday!!!! Win Twins!!!!
Nice write-up. As a fellow educator, there is no secret when I type "Personal Day- Twins Opener" into my time-off screen. I get two... and the second is saved just in case there is a rain out.
A Twins executive meeting, and I feel like I was there!
I like Escobar too. If Florimon doesn't hit in the first half, I'd like to see Escobar get the 2nd half at bats.
I like Florimon, I feel a better option may be Escobar. Although they have both played well defensively, I will admit Florimon appears better on defense. I think Escobar's batting this spring has more than made up for Florimon being better on defense, but when Gardy makes up his mind before spring he doesn't change it, even if one player is outplaying the other in an "open competition."
It's fun to learn about history!
That's the first plausible explanation for the prevalence of bobbleheads I have seen.
Thank you very much! You are welcome to use any and all puns that I ever use. I'm sure there will be many more in the future.
I'm on Spring Break in a week, maybe I'll break out my old pogs and make Brandon Poggs. If so, you are welcome to play me for them. More importantly, we need to form a Twins Daily community theater troupe and act this out.
Best wishes to Joe Benson, one of my favorites. I agree with Seth that this spring hasn't been a failure for Benson. He seemed a certainty for Rochester almost from the first exhibition game. He needs to thrive at Rochester in his last chance as a prospect. If he doesn't thrive, I think he goes from "prospect" to "suspect" and might bounce around the fringes of MLB.
Correct. No question the talent is still there. This spring was about getting back into some game action, and he did that. He's shown he's healthy, so as others have said, it is up to him. 25 is probably too old to come up and be a Hall of Famer. It's far from too old to mean he can't come up and be a very good player for awhile.
I don't know what's sadder: the fact that I pepper my Twins postings with puns as bad (or usually worse) than these, or the fact that I wish I'd thought of these puns first.
Great job with a very funny post...I don't suppose you actually made any Brandon Poggs...did you?
I have been watching and hoping for Benson to do well for 5 years now ever since I saw him the 2nd year after they drafted him. You mentioned one important observation in your post. You don't know if he's concentrating enough or too much. Well, he's been quoted as admitting that he hasn't been focused enough in the past. And then this year he's probably been pressing too much. When I was down there last week, I noticed Benson was starting and didn't run out to stretch or get loose for about 10 minutes until after the other starters were out there down the left field line getting loose. Who knows why, it could have been a good reason. I do know that some of these guys, especially the ones who have much more ability than some of the others, sometimes spend a little too much time in the night life. I remember years ago when Justin Morneau, who hadn't been up for very long, was called into Mr. Gardenhire's office when they were in Seattle for a little talk about his full time committment to the club. Morneau listened and all the sudden began playing at a high level. All of these things are pure speculation. The Twins will not release Benson until he runs out of options, that much is a given. He has too much talent. It's all pretty much up to him how things go from here on out.
At this point it is up to Benson. Willingham's and Parmelee's best position is DH. If Benson plays well at AAA, his chance will come. There is room for Arcia and Benson if they show that they deserve it. Even if the Twins decide to keep Morneau. The best case scenario for the Twins is if Willingham, Parmelee and Morneau all play well. Arcia and Benson play well at AAA and improve on their weak areas. At that point the Twins have all sorts of options. They could entertain offers on all 5. They could resign Morneau, trade Willingham or Parmelee. They could even trade Arcia or Benson if the offer is good enough and they are willing to put up with weaker outfield defense.
I don't think Benson is out of chances. He will have to show he deserves more, but he is talented enough that he will likely get looks somewhere, even if the Twins give up on him.
I hope my words weren't perceived as being overly critical. I still hold out quite a bit of hope for Benson. I see so much talent, it's really hard to ignore. That being said, it's hard not to think he has a long road to travel to get back to the team. The three OF starters seem to be pretty set and one of them would have to get hurt, traded or be ineffective, for a spot to even open up. Then, Mastroianni is there as well. I still hope Benson gets a shot this season, it just seems that a lot would have to change for him to get one.
Originally Posted by Seth Stohs
For those bashing Benson, how much was he able to do baseball activities throughout the entire offseason following his microfracture surgery? He wasn't able to do anything until late January. The Twins stood by his early struggles and he played well after that much more often. Giving up on him would be silly at this point. He was also injured all of last season. Yes, even when he was playing.
To be clear, he's getting old and the odds don't look very good for him. It's going to be tough for him to make the Twins outfield with Arcia and Hicks coming in at full force. Mastroianni also seems to be making himself important if you overlook potential. Willingham's contract will be up though and it'll be interesting to see how they handle it if he isn't traded.