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  1. Thegrin's Avatar
    I still stop breathing until Santana throws out the runner, when a ball is hit to him. I can barely stand to watch during double play situations. Until he proves he can make the routine plays, I reserve the right to worry.
  2. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
    Very optimistic about this kid.

    I hope that everything he puts in his mouth has to be OKed by Twins trainers.
    One more drug suspension and he will need to be Willie Mays to have anyone look at him.

    Nice write-up.
    Thanks
  3. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
    A nice precis of our team.

    Most players feel they are demoted too soon, even if the fans have been calling for their demotion for some time. Most of them have a ton of confidence and have succeeded at every level. You kind of have to get that to understand that these guys get a long leash so they actually understand that they have things to work on.

    While our AAA pitching staff is really doing well it is not certain that they are all going to show up in MLB and be lights out.

    I'm sure that we can improve our team. No one, including anyone on TD or employed by the Twins, knows the best way to do that.

    Nonetheless, I join many others in being very optimistic about our future.

    Bottom line - expect some cautious moves.
    Progression does not have to mean a total roster flip.

    That, in fact, would be reactionary.
  4. tshide's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Oldgoat_MN
    I spent part of the winter claiming on these posts that we should not spend a fortune on Stephen Drew after his career year, but give Escobar a chance. He had, in 2013, gone back to AAA and really picked up his hitting.

    He's my guy this year. Really happy that he's doing so well.

    Gotta love Arcia, too.
    I'm glad Escobar got his shot this year. Playing every day at AAA last year really helped him, he is fun to watch.
  5. tshide's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by goulik
    I started watching baseball the second half of 86 because of one Kirby Puckett. He was infectious from the beginning and I was very saddened to see him leave the game so early. He is still my all time favorite and probably always will be.

    When Brad Radke began pitching on the team, I made sure I saw every 5th game and if at the dome, I tried to plan around the five man rotation to see him put up a W. During some really bad seasons, I enjoyed seeing him stop the bleeding every fifth day.

    Johan Santana replaced Radke as #1 in my heart with all those K's. In his prime, he was the best Twins pitcher I ever remember (no offense to Viola, Blyleven, Morris, etc...) Then he broke my heart (actually management did) and he became a Met.

    I love Joe Mauer but he has not created excitement in me. Currently, Oswaldo Arcia is stealing my heart with his passion and fun loving enjoyment of this wonderful game. I was on tv clapping in the stands behind him while team mates gave him high fives after his first major league home run last year (my wife took a picture and sent it to me) and I hope to watch many more over the next 15 years. (If he can hold off Sano and Buxton as my favorite)
    These are all great choices. I think the Twins might have something with Arcia, I'm looking forward to seeing how he develops. Go to this link on my website, I've posted some pictures I took of Arcia last year in Kansas City. Just right click on the photo and select "save as" and you can do whatever you want with them.
  6. PeanutsFromHeaven's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by gil4
    I thought it was going to compare the teams to MLB teams:
    Sorry gil 4, comparing with all the teams was a thought, but I couldn't figure out how to wrangle it with 32 teams (plus I felt bad trying to think of a Twins parallel)...good-ish defense, inconsistent offense, and the top athletes (pitchers) are middling at best...I think we might be Russia...
  7. Hosken Bombo Disco's Avatar
    I love the first hand account - thanks! Sounds like a good honeymoon to me..
  8. Monkeypaws's Avatar
    He became our favorite watching the Kernels a couple times last month. Yeah, dat stache.
  9. Dman's Avatar
    Love these articles. Keep them coming. I've been keeping an eye on him in the box scores and he always seems to have a hit or two. I hope he makes it.
  10. Sam Morley's Avatar
    jeez, that mustache is premium.
  11. lightfoot789's Avatar
    Why is it that the entire FSL fails to have any game video highlights from any games this season? No team shows any highlights. The entire All Star game festivities are word of mouth. Not one video of one hit that weekend. Can you guys explain why?
  12. lightfoot789's Avatar
    I'd like to know your thoughts on AB Walkers performance at the All Star Game and HR Derby? I know the derby is just like BP, but how about 3-5 against the north all stars. Are you surprised?

    What will be the fall out with 24 draftees being signed? Who will fall where?

    Tomshaw or Wheeler should get promoted before Berrios in my opinion. Agree or disagree?
  13. Dman's Avatar
    Nice article. Good information. Was wondering how he was doing. Kind of seems a bit like Berrios last year where his K numbers dropped and ERA was higher than we hoped it would be. I guess you have to learn to pitch somewhere. Might as well be A ball.
  14. jorgenswest's Avatar
    With Santana at SS, a healthy Aaron Hicks is the best option to start in CF today. He will be back.
    Updated 06-16-2014 at 08:59 AM by jorgenswest
  15. Spikecurveball's Avatar
    As I said, Deduno needs to be done. Is today proof or does it take more?
  16. gil4's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by gil4
    We would be short a few MLB teams, so...

    Columbia = St. Paul Saints. Can't compete with the big boys, but always a lot of fun.

    That's just a quick start off the top of my head. I don't know enough about soccer to finish the list (and there might be a better match than Columbia for the Saints.)
    Columbia 3 Greece 0. There definitely has to be a better match than Columbia than the Saints.
  17. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
    Nice article. 100+ fastball. Hmmm...

    Thanks
  18. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
    I spent part of the winter claiming on these posts that we should not spend a fortune on Stephen Drew after his career year, but give Escobar a chance. He had, in 2013, gone back to AAA and really picked up his hitting.

    He's my guy this year. Really happy that he's doing so well.

    Gotta love Arcia, too.
  19. goulik's Avatar
    I started watching baseball the second half of 86 because of one Kirby Puckett. He was infectious from the beginning and I was very saddened to see him leave the game so early. He is still my all time favorite and probably always will be.

    When Brad Radke began pitching on the team, I made sure I saw every 5th game and if at the dome, I tried to plan around the five man rotation to see him put up a W. During some really bad seasons, I enjoyed seeing him stop the bleeding every fifth day.

    Johan Santana replaced Radke as #1 in my heart with all those K's. In his prime, he was the best Twins pitcher I ever remember (no offense to Viola, Blyleven, Morris, etc...) Then he broke my heart (actually management did) and he became a Met.

    I love Joe Mauer but he has not created excitement in me. Currently, Oswaldo Arcia is stealing my heart with his passion and fun loving enjoyment of this wonderful game. I was on tv clapping in the stands behind him while team mates gave him high fives after his first major league home run last year (my wife took a picture and sent it to me) and I hope to watch many more over the next 15 years. (If he can hold off Sano and Buxton as my favorite)
  20. John Bonnes's Avatar
    That was an aggressive undertaking. Well done.
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