Arguably, it's been quite a long time since the Twins have employed a franchise type player at the most important position on the diamond, shortstop (I'll leave J.J. Hardy out of this conversation). Since 2004 when Christian Guzman last manned the position, the Twins have sent players such as Jason Castro, Jason Bartlett, Nick Punto, Matt Tolbert, Adam Everett, Orlando Cabrera, Alexi Casilla, Trevor Plouffe, Brian Dozier, Pedro Florimon, and Eduardo Escobar out there for extended playing time,
People love mock drafts. I think, mostly, so that you can mock the people that put some guesses down on paper for the world to scrutinize. I'm not above that.
I regret not putting one together two years ago. Somewhere, on a message board on this site, I predicted that the Twins take Adam Brett Walker (though I had the round incorrect). Last year, I noted how much I liked Brian Navaretto, who the Twins also drafted. I was a big fan of Stephen Gonsalves (though
Aaron and John talk about Phil Hughes' impressive first two months, beating the new-look Yankees, why Jason Kubel is stealing at-bats from Josmil Pinto, Oswaldo Arcia and Josh Willingham returning, Aaron Hicks giving up switch-hitting, Jon Jay trade rumors, technical difficulties, Joe Mauer's struggles, and Ben Revere's shocking home run. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com.
Kevin Correia did all he could for the Twins against Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees on Saturday, but the bullpen was unable to keep the game tied after an eighth inning rain delay, and the Twins would fall 3-1.
Rain would also prevent one affiliate’s game from being played on Saturday, while the AAA team received another strong effort from a top prospect.
RED WINGS REPORT
Gwinnett 1, Rochester 6
Rochester would put runs
Reportedly, numbers never lie.
Except, we all know this is false in the game of baseball. There are so many various statistics and measurements that can be used to make cases pro and con. And in the case of a hitter/position player, there are many various mitigating circumstances that influence their production. Not just a player's hot and cold streaks and adjustments, but also protection and batters on base in front of them.
Through today, Saturday May 31st, his per AB
Read his stats for "May" under series probables in above link -
Q&A with Matt Tomshaw
"Gaetti, with his clipped mustache and his whiskey-coated growl and his steely self-assurance, is an aristocrat of sleaze."
Quote from the winter meetings following the 1988 season, concerning Gary Gaetti when asked "TK, can you comment on the level of hustle shown by your third basemen?"
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Updated 05-30-2014 at 06:27 PM by Paul Pleiss
"I've got a fever and the only prescription is less Kubel"
Those words don't taste good coming out of my mouth because I consider myself a Jason Kubel fan. I've liked Kubel since he was a budding prospect in the Twins minor league system. He was supposed to be one of the left-handed power bats to join Joe Mauer in the middle of the batting order. A devastating knee injury kept those dreams from becoming a reality and it's looking more like his time is over in Minnesota.
The Twins fell behind the Rangers early and could not catch the Rangers down the stretch, despite Josh Willingham's best game of the year. The Twins open a three-game series in New York on Friday night, and then begin a four-game home and home series with the Brewers beginning on Monday night in Milwaukee.
(Mark LoMoglio/Tampa Yankees)
Red Wings Report
Rochester 1, Syracuse 5
Logan Darnell pitched just two
This Joe Mauer vitriol has gotten out of hand.
Fans and media members alike are taking shots at him over his lack of production at the conclusion of just the season's second month of play. Sure, his power outage, run production and shortage of key hits has been the source of much consternation -- particularly in the last stretch when the team has dropped six of their last seven games.
Did you hear that the Twin Cities will have a new Joe Mauer-themed
In each of the past two seasons, Twins pitchers have ranked dead last in the majors in strikeouts. They're on track to do so again this year.
It's no coincidence that they've been extremely bad at preventing runs during that time. In today's MLB environment, where strikeouts are rapidly climbing league-wide, a "pitch-to-contact" staff profile doesn't fly.
To their credit, the Twins seem to recognize this, and have recently made concerted
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This week's episode is highlighted by a lengthy interview with Jim Callis (@JimCallisMLB, MLBpipeline.com) who talks about the draft and a whole mess of Twins topics. The Baseball Pirate makes his return from defending the homeland and the whole gang is back together
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Let me start this post by saying I’m a big Joe Mauer fan. I like his bat, I like his sideburns, and I like that he even had twins of his own. I love imitating him in fake radio interviews, mostly because it pisses everyone off (Minus Dan and Jake [@Stubby2Cents]).
I also love his stats. He’s never hit below .287 for a season, and owns a career .321 BA through 2014. His batting
Updated 05-29-2014 at 01:34 PM by Twins and Losses
I was thinking today about how Mauer is so stoic. He reminds me of Sam Jacobson. Another repressed Minnesota boy. If they Mauer could light a fire under himself! Show some emotion. Get mad. Line out and shout. Curse out a ****ing umpire for ringing him up. Something to show us fans that he cares.
But of he is who is he is. He can't change that. We'll never see that kind of fire in him. Sad, but true. Why wouldn't I be used to this by now.
Then the image in the video of