I will go with Kent Hrbek.
I have personally seen no signs of Twins fans jumping left and right off the bandwagon. Since the M & M boys are no longer available, I have noticed a decrease in a segment of the free spending, highly upwardly mobile market. With all these new young players I've been reading about, I would guess we will see an increase in attendance long before the Pohlads consider pawning their best china.
I'm sorry they couldn't work something out with your fairly reasonable request. No doubt they are turning down other existing season ticket holders for similarly minor reasons. Twins ownership must still think it has the leverage, even on those empty seats you asked about.
Gardy needs some pitching before he can be judged. However I do think Rick Anderson should be let go and maybe Gardy will go with him. Andy just does not seem to make his talent better and if he has input on talent evaluation, it is horrible.
Over the last few years the fans have clamoured for Vavra to be let go and finally Terry Ryan made it a reality after the 2012 season. So what did that change do for the Twins? The team is hitting worse than ever and yet I have not heard a single utterance of getting rid of Brunansky. So why is no one complaining about the job that Bruno is doing as the hitting coach for a team that claims that they are only interested in results?
It seems like a pretty fair number of Twins players have left the Twins and gone on to hit better for other teams. (Hunter, Bartlett, Ramos, Cuddyer at age 34?)
Is Bruno perfect? No. Is he better than Vavra?
I'm willing to give him some rope to play with. This is only year one.
I think the Twins are hitting their stride; in 8th place for the top draft pick, and falling out of contention enough to know that they should be trading away veterans this month. A couple of good months and then can position themselves even better for 2014-2015-2016.
Ozzie Guillen is available to take over as Manager - He's always been very complimentary of the Twins. Just Kidding
Willie Banks (you should have changed the file name of the photo - I might have cheated.) I remember when he was the next big prospect, but looking back at the numbers it was based more upon him being the 3rd overall pick of the draft than any actual production. He was pretty good throught Hi-A, but K rates plummeted after that.
Let's hope Kohl Stewart doesn't throw 151 pitches in a game anytime soon.
I wonder what percent is internationally signed players.
Rich Becker came up as a switch hitting lefthanded throwing outfielder. He was bad a a righthanded hitter and converted to being lefty-only at some point. I checked Baseball Reference and he quit hitting righthanded in 1996.
Silly articles like this are part of what makes baseball so much fun.
60 fans only? Are the allowed to roam the outfield stands for home run balls are all they all herded to one location. Open to everyone and you will make 10x that in concession sales.
I appreciate the positivity. Definitely feel like as long as there's baseball, there's goodness in the world.
There doesn't seem to be a lot of concern about Kepler's injury. I would think he'll be up in Cedar Rapids when the weather warms up.
I really think this kid can be an elite player. I hope this gets figured out.
That's a bummer. He's my favorite prospect to follow, I hope he gets well soon.
The biggest surprise on the list is Guardado. I especially didn't think he would be ahead of Aguilera.
I had to see how close Nathan was to the list. He was 36 IP short.
464 IP, 562 SO, 10.9 SO/9
If we add the IP without adding any SO, he still leads by a comfortable margin - 10.12 SO/9. (Hey, if it works for the batting title...)
I regret to say that with 4/5 of the projected rotation posting a combined 6+ spring ERA and the other fifth yet to pitch in a game, it looks to me like 74 wins is wild-eyed optimism.