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  1. Sconnie's Avatar
    Thanks Thrylos, I'm curious about him as well, and hope he can prove the detractors wrong.
  2. clutterheart's Avatar
    His Fastball sat all night between 94 and 96 mph, touching as high as 97 and as low as 92 on occasion, and was a ball that he threw all over the zone. Inside and out and up and down
    Do you mean to say he doesn't have good command of the FB?

    Great write up, great pics. Thanks!
  3. 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"
  4. 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?
  5. 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)
  6. 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.
  7. Blackjack's Avatar
    Yikes!!! Grim report!!

    Instead of extra practice for the offenders, how about wind sprints or laps for the whole team?? Gardy needs to make them all realize that he's serious!!
  8. Hosken Bombo Disco's Avatar
    I disagree with the patience given to Plouffe by this organization, but that sort of thing is just a symptom of a larger problem. We can hope the pitching is so good (or good enough) that the quality of play rises overall and we get some wins, and build on that.
  9. Sconnie's Avatar
    Sounds familiar... Thanks for the update Thrylos. I'm trying to be optimistic for the season, but your report confirms my memory of last year. Bad defense, bad offense.
  10. Thrylos's Avatar
    Seth,
    I was looking for you the past few days, but I did not see you. And I know what you look like
  11. lightfoot789's Avatar
    How was the hitting in the game? I would like to know who hit the ball hard and who looks primed for a quality season (thus far)?

    In 2012 the Twins were Top 10 in MLB in OBP and nearly last in HRs & sub .400 Slugging%. Where did they finish? How'd that formula work for them?

    The Kernels on the other hand had 89 more RBIs than the next closest oponent in their league. Result = Best record in MiLB - The also led the league in OBP (smaller margin) & Slugging % (only team over .400 OBP). That being said: OBP is extremely important, but the team with the most runs wins everytime. JUST WIN - Don't just get on base because its a cool stat. You need to score too.
  12. Seth Stohs's Avatar
    You should have come and said Hi... I was there just in the morning yesterday, but for a week before that! Great pictures. Not much better than being down there and seeing the players in person.
  13. stringer bell's Avatar
    Great stuff Thrylos! I saw quite a bit of the action. I will echo the comment about Berrios. He looked too good for the opponents. I didn't realize how hard he was throwing.
  14. Thrylos's Avatar
    Yeah. Sulbaran is on double secret probation because he showed up pretty out of shape. He is taking part of conditioning drills now and pitching alone (like in this live batting practice I described.) You can look at him pitching in that shot up there. He is about 5'10" and 210ish. Mostly lower body, bit of belly. Not Mijares- or Silva- or Boof-like by any means...
  15. Steve Penz's Avatar
    Did I read that Sulbraran did not pass the shuttle drill and needed to step up conditioning? It raises concern if a player comes in badly out of shape. Was there any chatter on that?
  16. Thrylos's Avatar
    He had one error. He bobbled the ball in a routine play.
  17. clutterheart's Avatar
    The box score says Santana has two errors. Not good. If he can't stop that, he doesn't make the team. Did you see his today?
  18. Jham's Avatar
    I am getting really sick of people handing the 5th spot in the rotation to Worley over Deduno. I think it sends an awful message to the rest of the team. 1) apparently you can lose your position to injury; 2) the best player doesn't always play, so why work hard, rehab hard, perform well? We're just going to play who we want to play. Deduno has been nothing but a pro's pro, and has really been great just going about his business and not giving in to distractions. After his great year last year, he watched Nolasco, Pelfrey, and Hughes get paid. Meanwhile, he gets placed BEHIND Diamond and Worley in the battle for 5th starter. Deduno can pitch for me any day of the week.
  19. Jham's Avatar
    Updated 03-13-2014 at 03:47 PM by Jham
  20. Thrylos's Avatar
    With teams like the Phillies likely having Jeff Manship as their 5th starter, Diamond has some value. He would have had more if he pitched better this spring.

    About moving Worley for prospects: He is the same age as Kyle Gibson, and 2 years older than Trevor May and Alex Meyer. He is not as old as Correia, for example.
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