I like the story and I like your style of writing Brad. I'm looking forward to reading more. Thanks.
Brad Berreman over at Rant Sports suggests the Twins could get Jair Jurrjens from Atlanta for Benson. If that's the case I would jump on it. Jurrjens is worth a gamble and the Twins have many outfielders in the minor leagues that have passed Joe Benson on the prospect chart.
Although Jurrjens may be a non tender candidate then a trade wouldn't be necessary.
Originally Posted by AllhopeisgoneMNTWINS
I think his time has passed unfortunately...
You might be right, but the Twins aren't good enough to give up on him just yet.
I think his time has passed unfortunately...
I was surprised by his age, but I guess I should not have been, based on when he was drafted. I still like his upside, but I'd say he has to show it in 2013 or the other options (Arcia, Hicks) will pass him by.
Benson may still have a two or Three year window here to prove himself or he may be a throwin on a deal or obtain pitching. Have not given up on him, but his time is moving by him at a rapid rate.
Benson's time with the Twins may have come and gone. You hope for a good showing, and a nice glimpse if someone is injured in 2013. and then use for potential trade bait...as you do have others on his heels. of course, that is assuming he doesn 't become Mike Trout and you still want to stay with, say, Revere.
You gentlemen have obviously given this a lot of thought and I am enjoying your analysis of what might have happened.
You miss one critical point in your analysis: If Cliff Lee is in the Twins' rotation instead of the Rangers', there's a very good chance the Twins aren't even playing the Yankees in the ALDS. The Yankees wanted no part of Cliff Lee in the first round and intentionally tanked the final few games of the season, allowing the Rays to win the AL East so that NY would face Minnesota in the first round while the Rays had to start off against the Rangers. There is no doubt in my mind that, had Lee been on the Twins' staff, the Yankees would have tried much harder to win their Division and very likely would have done so.
Of course, the Twins record with Lee that year would likely have been a bit different than it turned out to be, so it's impossible to know for sure what the postseason seedings would have been.
AJ too. I don't really understand it. I guess Hunter was a more beloved figure while here, so he is remembered more fondly.
Isn't it crazy how we give him a pass, yet we hate on Knoblauch?
He chose big money. That is fine, understandable even. I would not have kept him for those dollars and those years. But, after he left it seemed to me he trashed the Twins in a manner that made him a hypocrite.
Hunter leaving let us develop Span so I am glad he left.
Good analysis and Hunter really did bounce back this season when he could have continued to decline.
Thank you for the article. I now know when I see your name next to an article what quality the piece will be and ignore it.
This Tigers team might be the perfect embodiment of Mike Trout's MVP argument. If you think that baseball is solely about offense and that defense and base running mean nothing, Miguel Cabrera is the MVP. If you think there is more to baseball than just offense, you have to give the award to Trout. However, if baseball was just about offense, you would think the Tigers would be a much better team.
No, this display of baseball is almost exactly what I was predicting after they signed Fielder and shifted Miggy to 3rd. They have probably the lowest fielding range in the Majors, and they are relying on their hitting to overcome their severe problems with fielding. They sometimes do, but more often than not their fielding hurts them more than their hitting can overcome.
Deduno is Dedone.....I completely agree with your thoughts. His ERA is starting to sky rocket (todays game sure helped that). I think if he hasnt found it yet, he never will. He was a flash in the pan, it worked for a bit, but we could not expect him to continue his "effectively wild success". To have a guy with a 4.5 ERA be the second best in the rotation is terrible. He is 29, he is not like Hendriks who still has time to figure it out. If we dont do something, its going to be a long year next year once again.
Thank you for the compliment, and please apologize to your students for me.
Part 2 - coming soon?!?
Be strong! Life has no guarantees.
First, you have a gift for story telling. I was intrigued throughout the whole article. Second, I threw up all over my desk and some of my students. The good news is I got to go home for being sick (wouldn't want those little one's to get sick). The bad news is I am probably going to hang myself after reading such a nightmarish story. How dare you? I had to check back at who wrote the stroy because I was sure R.L. Stein (Goosebumps) wrote the story.