I've heard several times that for HR's, Target Field isn't bad for Righties but it's hard for Lefties to hit it out.
If I didn't know how the numbers worked, I'd say something like "with the Twins' pitching this year, of course the numbers are up."
Don't they normally try to get a 3-year average to normalize the numbers because the park factors tend to fluctuate? (Variations in pitchers faced and interleague play opponents, plus a sample size that's not quite large enough can skew the results over one season.
Even if Willingham is not being "shopped", it doesn't mean the Twins won't listen to offers for him. Your points are true enough, but there is not obvious replacement in system for his bat. Parmalee, Benson, Arcia, and even Hicks may be ready pretty soon. But if righthanded power is important to you, none of these guys will replace Willingham.
I didn't see that this was posted here too. I followed the link to the blog in the GameDay's Twins Blogosphere Guide, and there was some discussion there.
The way I see it is this:
Carroll was legally on the base (7.01). Casilla wasn't on the base, so 7.03 a and b don't apply. Casilla is out for going out of the baseline.
watching the game, this is the way I percieved it also.
Just another play where Casilla doesnt do the correct thing but goin to the base & just allowing himself to be tagged. Did a good job allowing Span to get to 2B, but then screws it up. Its alwasy something with him......he's actually played pretty well this yr if you discount the BAve (fielding been great).
I wonder if the contact play was on? This should ensure that Lexi stays in Gardy's doghouse for another month.
I believe you are correct about this, and was a little bit surprised they both weren't called out yesterday - I think that is clearly what the Kansas City manager was lobbying for.
Interesting. This gives me a little hope that what we're seeing isn't a mirage.
Great graphs! I'm really surprised that the Dome and Target Field don't have a larger difference in HRs, but as you said, it's clearly a large enough difference to get inside the hitters' heads.
If you are going with a 3rd catcher, and I doubt if that it is decided yet, why wouldn't you go with Butera? The 3rd catcher is unlikely to get 10 AB's a month. If something happens to Mauer or Doumit, than bring up Towles from Rochester, where he has been getting consistent AB's and might be ready to contribute a little offensively.
I doubt if Hughes is any kind of lock. It might come down to whether you want a left hand hitter on the bench or a right hand hitter. The only thing Hughes can do that Burroughs cannot is play 2nd. At least Burroughs has shown in the past he can hit major league pitching.
Do you really think Alex Burnett is guaranteed a spot in the bullpen? He may have a leg up, but I believe he has an option left, so there could easily be reasons to start him at AAA.
Just because Brian Dozier is unlikely to make the starting Twins' roster is no reason to give the poor kid an "F". Hopefully Brian's self esteem will not be bruised (grin).
Agree with Seth... Hitting Pavano in the back today while try to throw a runner out stealing second, might be the straw that broke the camel's back (no pun intended)
On the other hand, I don't think that AJ Burnett is a lock, either.
I certainly don't think that the Twins have an 'irrational love for Butera's defense' any more. At least not everyone.
Great points. Couldn't agree with you more. The integrity of the game is important but being a good citizen is what truly counts!
yeah, and someone said kspn is going to be making a push for her, but did you see the boston area girl and there was another whom was media savvy (ie. using her hands on every syllable.) I want real fans to win this (and I was sloppy knowledge, I said brian jones ((rolling stones)) and meant brian wilson ((beach boys)) i hope your get-together last weekend shows mlb the passion twins have for their team. I think she's sunk because of our crap season last year. hope i'm wrong, and i vote for her 10 times a day
I feel that the top 50 was determined by their ability to promote themselves. If you paid attention to Lindsay Guentzel, she was making the rounds on radio stations, promoting herself on her Twitter account, trying to get Twins players to vouch for her, etc. She mentioned several times that MLB was using a person's social media impact to determine if they deserved to be one of the top 50.
I will admit that these videos could be better, though. If the video is the primary way that people can get to know you before they vote, you should be selling yourself as much as possible.
Huh, that's an interesting question. Off the top of my head, I'd say Yankees and maybe White Sox. But having fallen in love, I gotta say, I'm not sure it would have mattered. Hmmm.
I guess it depends - do I find out before or after the "fireworks" moment. If after, I'm a goner. If before, I can maintain a little integrity.
I get what you're saying, but to me, if the girl was an intelligent baseball fan i would still like her even if she was a cws fan. Another note, those videos are the "best" 50 of 20,000 applicants? that is sad. I did like the brian jones looking dude, but he lost me with the tatts of every team. who could be a fan and have a tattoo of a team you dislike. (And if you don't dislike a team, you're not a fan)
Without having seen Megan's video, I'm guessing she's a Tampa-resident that has been entrenched as Yankee territory since at least the mid-70s. Many of the residents in Tampa have thrown their allegiance to the Yankees particularly since they were the only game in town for a long while. Still...yucky.