You gotta look at the long-term picture...and the pitcher picture ain't great...any y 2014 you won't want Morneau, Span will be too expensive for what he brings to the table, guys like Duomit and Willingham won't be around. You reuild. If there was a halfway decent catcher coming up, you'd trade Mauer in an instant.
I like this... Frankly, I miss the days when I could just watch and enjoy a game without worrying about who is playing or not, what position players are playing, who could or should be promoted. Just enjoying the game, not over-thinking everything. Those were the days. And, players were the same way. I wish I could say, "Hey! Dan Gladden made a big difference for those championship teams." instead of saying "Man, he was a terrible player. HOw could he have been a leadoff batter? He never got on base!" I miss sometimes having a favorite player the way I did with Kirby Puckett or Chuck Knoblauch.
Instead, I now think too much, analyze too much and think that this team really won't be competitive until 2014, and that Morneau won't be around then, and Span is a guy that the team can actually get nice pieces in return, and draft picks are better than free agents acquired.
Its' a weird thing. I enjoy following, and I enjoy thnking through all these scenarios from the game, managerial decisions, front office decisions, everything. But there are times I wish I could go back.
Maybe he is Phillip Jr. Your guess is as good as mine.
If his middle name is DeWayne, why is he called P.J.?
One thing to consider, Bark and others, is that we all have full-time jobs, families and other obligations beyond writing here. If people write a blog and feel it's really good and you want people to check it out, you should consider linking to it in the Forum as well. That will push people to the link, to the blog, and hopefully to more and more comments.
To be honest, I see very little 'rosy' comments on the 2012 Twins roster here, or anywhere, and rightfully so. If I look at the front page, the forum and the blogs, it's hard to find much positive.
Don't know why you think you made a mistake. This is a great site, and I think there's a healthy range of viewpoints represented. And as for the "rose colored glasses" thing, I don't know that anyone feels that way. We all know the team has stunk it up, but it's a lot more fun to think about possibilities for renewal than to find new ways to pee on everyone in the organization.
And don't take it personally on the lack of blog comments. I read them, as did many others. But I find, as many others do, that the amount of stuff worth commenting on far exceeds the amount of time I have to devote to commenting.
Funny, I would say it is the exact opposite. It's hard sometimes to sift through all of the "fire Gardy, fire all the front office, promote everybody" garbage to find decent articles.
I would have to say that Bark and Souhan must be related considering their comments and articles always have the same tone. I guess he needs another tree to "Bark" up...
Whenever I have seen your stuff, I have enjoyed it. It seems like it is pretty tough to stay on the front page here. Sorry to see you go.
Sorry to lose you. I enjoyed reading your viewpoints.
Most blog entries are either not commented on, or the comments are very few. Not sure about your comments . . .
Anyway, it take all kinds to have a diversified community of contributors. I could hardly describe the general atmosphere as "rose-colored"!!!
You are right, everybody who advised and worked under Smith is still in place.
I could get on board with a lineup like this. I do agree that in this scenario Benson needs to be in LF. You could also potentially have Mauer at first and Parmalee in right.
I can see the arguments for both strategies. The front office needs to keep an open mind as the season progresses to see what the market is for certain Twins players with trade value.
Pavano is probably gone either way. It would only make sense for the Twins keep him beyond the trading deadline if they were in a pennant race. Otherwise, he's a great back of the rotation add-on for some team in need.
Doumit could go if there is another Buster Posey-like situation where a top-level team loses a starting catcher and the Twins could get some desperation value in return - but we wouldn't get enough back otherwise to justify the revisions to the organizational catching plans. (I'm assuming we have organizational catching plans.)
Somewhere in between is probably the best option.
I'd like to see Parmelee in RF over Thomas, that's for sure. Maybe they're trying to "protect" him so he isn't worried about his defense?
Swap Mauer and Benson. Mauer seems more like a RF guy, and Benson can cover left a lot more. Otherwise, I'm optimistic.
or D: Cuddaver was over-rated
Teflon, thanks for your comment. For some reason I am optimistic the Twins will resign Morneau when that time comes. I think he will take less years and a little less money. My gut feeling is he will become a DH type as his concussion symptoms will continue to get better, but will still hang around enough to warrant being a full-time DH - not that I think this the right thing or wrong thing... just my gut feeling. As for the pitching staff... I would not touch that topic with a 10 foot pole. That would take way too much time and I have a life I need to lead.
Fun to think about. You're optimistic the Twins will resign Morneau in 2014, I see. Unless he takes a pay cut, his age and likely salary ($10 million+?) would make that an uncharacteristic signing by the Twins considering their past history with players at that stage like Torii and Cuddyer. I'd more expect Mauer to fill in at 1B/DH and still catch some. The Twins also still have an option on Span in 2015, who will only be 31, so I would think it's likely he's still in the outfield somewhere.
What about the pitching staff?