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  1. Thegrin's Avatar
    I couldn't disagree more. Whether this is a 90 loss or 90 win season, fans love the idea that if the Twins have a chance to win a game, Perkins can come in and close it. This puts hope in our hearts and butts in the seats. Trading Perkins would send a terrible message to Twins fans everywhere.
  2. beckmt's Avatar
    I agree, but just do not think it will happen.
  3. Deduno Abides's Avatar
    You mean the guy that belittled Scott Baker and Pat Neshek for not competing, before it was learned that they were injured, and kept pitching Nick Blackburn and Mike Pelfrey because they were "good guys" even though everyone could see they were ineffective pitchers, before it was learned that they too were injured, and wants players to be "old school," may be setting a culture that doesn't succeed in the post-Moneyball era?
  4. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn
    No villains here, IMO. The discomfort a pitcher goes through isn't as simple as Go No-Go. I'd prefer to give Nolasco the benefit of the doubt for courage to try to pitch through a period of time where he didn't know for sure where the end of the tunnel really is. New team and not being "that guy" and all that, it rings true. And from the other side, manager and coach treating a new and veteran guy with dignity and respect, not peppering him with questions that will sound like second guessing over a bad stretch of results, also rings true to me. It's part of an equilibrium that, in the big picture, works.
    Thanks for the comment. I was using Nolasco's situation as part of the larger point. For sure, though, no one situation has any bearing necessarily on another. I do think Gardy's comments -- which he made with general applicability -- were illuminating.
  5. ashburyjohn's Avatar
    No villains here, IMO. The discomfort a pitcher goes through isn't as simple as Go No-Go. I'd prefer to give Nolasco the benefit of the doubt for courage to try to pitch through a period of time where he didn't know for sure where the end of the tunnel really is. New team and not being "that guy" and all that, it rings true. And from the other side, manager and coach treating a new and veteran guy with dignity and respect, not peppering him with questions that will sound like second guessing over a bad stretch of results, also rings true to me. It's part of an equilibrium that, in the big picture, works.
  6. h2oface's Avatar
    Gardy should have been fired in 2007. I am happy for another passionate post. I hope it helps.
  7. TKGuy's Avatar
    Gardy really protected Johan before the Mets used him like a rented mule. I have always thought Gardy protected his pitchers more than most managers.
  8. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    Here, here. Fantastic post.
  9. pierre75275's Avatar
    I understand your points, I really do, and I enjoyed reading the article....BUT....I think what Gardy was trying to say was that pitchers arms always have soreness. It is expected and it is routine. He doesn't want to know about that. What he wants to know is if the soreness is not normal and it affects performance. Throwing a baseball is not what arms are built to do, its why they are sore. The last 3 years I played ball my arm hurt all the time. I played outfield. I wasn't winging it 90mph. I don't blame Gardy on this. He said he wants to know when aches and pains and grinds are not normal. Nolascco clearly knew he was not normal when he told Mike B that he "didn't want to be that guy". But he never told anybody.
  10. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by kab21
    The Twins should do whatever it takes to stay affiliated with Hartford. It's not easy to find top rate facilities and I'm not sure I would like to see the Twins move to the Texas League or the Southern League.
    Aside from my personal bias to see them stay in CT, I imagine the organization has to be excited about the new facilities.
  11. kab21's Avatar
    The Twins should do whatever it takes to stay affiliated with Hartford. It's not easy to find top rate facilities and I'm not sure I would like to see the Twins move to the Texas League or the Southern League.
  12. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
    Well, I love the Whalers name and colors. But Pucky makes me very, very uncomfortable. Something about his head.
  13. gil4's Avatar
    The Rock Cats' owners will very likely re-brand the team. So, no more lovable Rocky.
    Can the bring back the Whalers name? They already have a mascot, although they might have to rename him (from "Pucky")



    They could even use the Brass Bonanza for home runs.

    http://www.brassbonanza.com/hcc/whal.../brass-bonanza
  14. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pleiss
    I hope that the Rock Cats bring out the HC hats at least one more time before they say good bye to NB. As a west-coaster who's never been to NB, I can only hope that maybe the Twins decide to head out West with a new PDC, but I don't think that happens. Hopefully wherever the Twins AA affiliate ends up, they're in a good situation for player development because after several years of high draft positions, there are a lot of good young players in the system.
    Paul, you raise a good point, which I didn't mention: over the next few years, the Twins will be sending a bunch of really good players to (through) wherever their AA affiliate is. In that sense, the Twins are an attractive partner. A Buxton, Sano, Berrios, Stewart, etc., can help attendance.

    And you're right -- the HC hat is my favorite.
  15. Paul Pleiss's Avatar
    I hope that the Rock Cats bring out the HC hats at least one more time before they say good bye to NB. As a west-coaster who's never been to NB, I can only hope that maybe the Twins decide to head out West with a new PDC, but I don't think that happens. Hopefully wherever the Twins AA affiliate ends up, they're in a good situation for player development because after several years of high draft positions, there are a lot of good young players in the system.
  16. lightfoot789's Avatar
    The Rock Cats could use an offensive upgrade:
    *Nate Roberts (Great OBP when healthy) or Lance Ray (Big years in 2011 & 2012 Beloit) if they can return to old form.
    *They would also benefit from a future middle infieldof Rosario and Polanco (both excellent top of the order hitters). Set up men for Vargas.
    *They could also use an upgrade in the power threat area of Mike Gonzalez (DH) or AB Walker.
    *Kepler could be an option since he is on the 40 man - If there's a rush
    Curious to see who moves up to AAA and AA in the next few weeks if anyone?
  17. jokin's Avatar
    Don't leave Jorge Polanco out of the mix, either.
  18. clutterheart's Avatar
    I hope so. I might move to the area next year
  19. Sconnie's Avatar
    It's great to hear some optimism regarding May. I hope you are right.
  20. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
    Thanks!
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