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  1. lightfoot789's Avatar
    Will these guys make Miracle team and/or who will be left off or added?
    Updated 03-29-2014 at 01:08 AM by lightfoot789
  2. lightfoot789's Avatar
    My thoughts:
    With so much talent still on the roster and increased pitching (Eades / Sulbaran / Segles?) possibly joining them by mid season - I think they will again make the playoffs and prove to be a force in the FSL. Possible lineup:
    1. Jorge Polanco - leading off and playing SS. I heard he played for the past week.
    Line up changes since JD Williams went down with injury
    2. Levi Michael - playing 2B and hoping for bump to AA as offense improves
    3. Max Kepler - He has been killing the ball this spring (MLB and Minor league games) CF
    4. AB Walker - 12 Doubles and 5 HRs in less than 20 spring days. RF (Run producer)
    5. Dalton Hicks - Will continue to provide RBIs and hit in clutch situations - 1B
    6. Travis Harrison - Great at hitting line drives with growing power - LF (replaces JD)
    7. Stuart Turner - Will work well with staff and hold runners in place (Love Grimes too) C
    8. Niko Goodrum - Has played 3rd w/ Harrison in LF - Best infield arm - Good OBP
    9. Jonathan Murphy - DH provides great speed in certain gameplans
    or
    9. Grimes / Turner at DH or another Power guy from AA club who moves down

    Pitching should continue to progress from second half of Kernels season. Under the Radar prospects who just win.
  3. Spikecurveball's Avatar
    Twins way= easy does it, don't get too wrapped up in the challenge at hand, think long term, relax, no pressure, it all comes out in the wash, think long haul and big picture. Mauer by the way albeit a great player ain't your team leader.

    Somebody please kick over a water cooler or chew someone's arse for today's failures and show some urgency and emotion.
  4. lightfoot789's Avatar
    The 2012 ETown Twins (Appy League Champions) aka Cedar Rapids Kernels (Best Record in MiLB) will show you what Cohesion is all about in about 2 years. The question should be:

    WHAT DO THESE TEAMS HAVE THAT CREATE SO MUCH CHEMISTRY and CHAMPIONSHIP FLARE? They've done it with talent and chemistry and role players. They had fun doing it too. What is and was their magic formula?...........................
  5. Sconnie's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by bear333
    There is such a lack of leadership, enthusiasm and cohesion with this lineup that it really doesn't matter that they brought in some old alumni that can't hit. This looks like a team that has set itself to loose 100 games. The league is full of ex Twins that are better than anything we are fielding right now. I have lost all confidence in Gardenhire as a manager. I hope they bring in someone else, next year. Paul Molitor?
    you mean to tell me that the prank on Pelfrey could possibly be ineffective at "good cop/bad cop" model of team building? There's a reason most managers don't survive three 90 loss seasons in a row, and the ones that do, get fired mid season in their 4th.

    I'm not on the fire Gardy band wagon. He isn't the GM and can't make his own roster decisions. He can only do his best with Bartlett, which is to make him the fire alarm. He should have a box surrounding him in the dugout that reads "break glass in case of emergency"
  6. Sconnie's Avatar
    I think thats why Antony pitched a fit, and why the Gardy prank on
    Pelfrey has been much publicized, and why Bartlett and Kubel are on this team. The management is trying to establish new leadership roles. Morneau and Nathan are gone. Vocal leadership isn't exactly Mauer's thing. Who's stepping up? Maybe Bartlett and Kubel are here to mentor new clubhouse leaders, could be Hicks or Perkins.
    Updated 03-28-2014 at 05:46 PM by Sconnie (Clarify)
  7. bear333's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by stringer bell
    Agree, agree, agree! Unless the Twins somehow catch lightning in a bottle and everybody has a peak year and they contend, they must turn over the roster to younger, higher ceilinged players. Every player over thirty not born in Minnesota really should be on the block. I was thinking that success this year would be measured by the progress of the young players and when I mentally went through them, I realized how many over-30s were on the team. I still stand by that definition of success: It will be a good year if Arcia, Gibson, Pinto, and Hicks establish themselves and I'll add Plouffe to that list.

    The Twins will open with only one player born in the '90s (Osvaldo Arcia) and two born in the '70s (Bartlett & Willingham)
    The Twins brain trust have discovered a new way to frustrate the fans and assure another loosing season: They have created the unique situation of having six, that is right, six legitimate starting pitchers who will receive no run support this year. Thanks for creating a whole new reason not to come out to watch a game.
  8. bear333's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by stringer bell
    Agree, agree, agree! Unless the Twins somehow catch lightning in a bottle and everybody has a peak year and they contend, they must turn over the roster to younger, higher ceilinged players. Every player over thirty not born in Minnesota really should be on the block. I was thinking that success this year would be measured by the progress of the young players and when I mentally went through them, I realized how many over-30s were on the team. I still stand by that definition of success: It will be a good year if Arcia, Gibson, Pinto, and Hicks establish themselves and I'll add Plouffe to that list.

    The Twins will open with only one player born in the '90s (Osvaldo Arcia) and two born in the '70s (Bartlett & Willingham)
    I have been pulling my hair out all spring about this. Their only hope was to go young, and they have the players to do it. I think this is about Gardenhire not wanting to deal with young players. Which is why he should have been replaced last year. Gardenhire, Willingham, Kubel and Bartlett should excuse themselves from the Twins and join a seniors softball team.
  9. bear333's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sconnie
    I'm with you Thrylos. At the end of the day, Bartlett is the emergency backup. He isn't going to be on the field much, so I'm not so worked up about him or his position, so much as what he means to the team as a figurehead.

    Do you think there is something to the notion that the reason Kubel and Bartlett are on this team right now, is to teach the kids "The Twins Way" kind of player life-coaches?

    I don't have a problem with Kubel or Bartlett so much as what they could represent. If this roster remains somewhat intact throughout this season, I'm disappointed because it points to nostalgia and apathy. Just waiting for reinforcements to arrive in 2016, then 2017...

    If those two are on this team because management sees them as player coaches, and a significant number of veterans on the opening day roster are planned to be traded (ie, Willingham, Florimon, Plouffe, Dozier, Duensing, Correia) and we successfully see a big youth movement this season, I'm all for it.
    There is such a lack of leadership, enthusiasm and cohesion with this lineup that it really doesn't matter that they brought in some old alumni that can't hit. This looks like a team that has set itself to loose 100 games. The league is full of ex Twins that are better than anything we are fielding right now. I have lost all confidence in Gardenhire as a manager. I hope they bring in someone else, next year. Paul Molitor?
  10. ND-Fan's Avatar
    I think they are heading for rebuilding the Twins pitching staff looks like it structured to be pitching staff for the future as you look the players they signed will come off when there young pitching prospects are projected to be ready and will have one veteran pitcher available to lead these young kids in the future on contract. Offense is on old side but were seeing beginning of change over already with Hicks, Arcia, Pinto and I would include Dozier. Look by year end we could see likes Buxton doing September call up and for sure we would have seen Sano being called up. My guess next year we could see lineup of the following Buxton center, Arcia in left field, and Hicks in Right Field. Pinto Catching, Florimin at SS and Santanna pushing him, Dozier at second, Mauer at First, Sano at third, and Plouffe if he has good year as backup 3 baseman and outfielder. Pitching could be Myer, Gibson, Nolasco, Hughes, Pelfry and number of young pitchers pushing to make the team. I think this what Twins are looking at them selves you would have Sano and Buxton at 21 and 22; Arcia (24) and Hicks and Pinto (26); Flormin, Dozier, Plouffe, Gibson, and Hughes at 27-28, and leaving Nolasco, Mauer, Pelfry and Perkins as 30 years olds on the team. Not a very old team and number players just coming into their prime playing years 27 to 30. Some older pitchers but with Gibson and Myers in their middle 20's very nice balance of young to old pitcher. Also with number of future prospects being able to fill in for some of older players if injuries would occur. The big question will be if these players can produce offense at major league level. I think all of them are good enough defensively to play at major league level. The whole problem with this scenario we have go threw this season which could be long season if some these players don't start producing better than they have shown this spring. They have given Twins nothing that they can sell to the fans why they should be excited about this team. Pitching will be better but not near good enough to win if this team doesn't start producing some offense.
  11. gil4's Avatar
    "Yesterday Eddie" - nice.

    The only thing I like about the idea of Bartlett and Kubel making the team is nostalgia, and that is mainly applies to Kubel. Bartlett was a decent player in his prime and was a whole lot better than Brendan Harris, but hopefully the nice things I said sound like damning with faint praise. He was an adequate SS who was undervalued by his team and traded for an inadequate one.

    Kubel his hard to think about without wondering what might have been if he hadn't blown his knee out, but what he became was still pretty good for a while.
    Updated 03-28-2014 at 02:14 PM by gil4 (wasn't quite done)
  12. beckmt's Avatar
    Problem with going younger is that the younger Twins players have just hit AA. Most of the Twins AAA farm club is that the players have already have had their chances and failed. Wait until next year hopefully.
  13. AScheib50's Avatar
    I would love the idea of them going younger and not clinging to some of these older guys, but the problem is the young guys aren't ready yet or they are hurt(ie: Sano). It's starting to become painfully clear this year is not the youth movement year...maybe next year, or if we are lucky things change this summer and they go young.

    If you look at our division rivals, the White Sox, they did the youth movement thing this offseason...not sure what the Twins were waiting for...we will see how things turn out I guess.
  14. Willihammer's Avatar
    I loved the 1999-2000 teams too. But you didn't need to be a genius to see that Hunter, Cuddyer, Pierzynski, Radke, Koskie, Mientkewicz, and Jones had real talent.

    Escobar, Parmelee, Hendriks, Robertson, Worley, Herrmann... I just don't get the same feeling from most of the young guys we have seen recently.
  15. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
    Nice write-up, Jorgenswest.

    Very few teams make significant improvements without getting younger. In the past couple of decades only the Yankees have had the money to have a team of aging players who are good enough to be in a HOF conversation.

    The other teams get better by getting new blood in the lineup.

    p.s. Earl Battey was a favorite of mine, too
  16. Sconnie's Avatar
    I'm with you Thrylos. At the end of the day, Bartlett is the emergency backup. He isn't going to be on the field much, so I'm not so worked up about him or his position, so much as what he means to the team as a figurehead.

    Do you think there is something to the notion that the reason Kubel and Bartlett are on this team right now, is to teach the kids "The Twins Way" kind of player life-coaches?

    I don't have a problem with Kubel or Bartlett so much as what they could represent. If this roster remains somewhat intact throughout this season, I'm disappointed because it points to nostalgia and apathy. Just waiting for reinforcements to arrive in 2016, then 2017...

    If those two are on this team because management sees them as player coaches, and a significant number of veterans on the opening day roster are planned to be traded (ie, Willingham, Florimon, Plouffe, Dozier, Duensing, Correia) and we successfully see a big youth movement this season, I'm all for it.
  17. stringer bell's Avatar
    Agree, agree, agree! Unless the Twins somehow catch lightning in a bottle and everybody has a peak year and they contend, they must turn over the roster to younger, higher ceilinged players. Every player over thirty not born in Minnesota really should be on the block. I was thinking that success this year would be measured by the progress of the young players and when I mentally went through them, I realized how many over-30s were on the team. I still stand by that definition of success: It will be a good year if Arcia, Gibson, Pinto, and Hicks establish themselves and I'll add Plouffe to that list.

    The Twins will open with only one player born in the '90s (Osvaldo Arcia) and two born in the '70s (Bartlett & Willingham)
    Updated 03-28-2014 at 07:04 AM by stringer bell
  18. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by TwinsTerritory
    A lot of really good players on that list, and Hank Blalock. How on earth did Hank Blalock hit 32 home runs and drive in 110? Baseball is hard to understand sometimes!
    Holy crap, we're on the same wavelength. I originally had Blalock in the Francoeur spot, but I couldn't resist ripping Frenchy. Blalock was out of baseball by 30. How odd.
  19. TwinsTerritory's Avatar
    A lot of really good players on that list, and Hank Blalock. How on earth did Hank Blalock hit 32 home runs and drive in 110? Baseball is hard to understand sometimes!
  20. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    Prediction 12 - Jason Bartlett will destroy us all.
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