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  1. johnnydakota's Avatar
    i think curly ryan did a good job of sifting threw the rumbage heap to find some arms for the pen , he needs 3 more for 2013 B

    however in his accountability he fired the guy whos main job is to answer the phone and repeat what the manager says ....hey perkins get warmed up, but let the real culprite keep his job, F i was thinking of giving curly an incomplete, because i think if you fire the b.p coach you got to fire the pitching coach as well

    as for integrety i give curly a F+ you know when he is lying , his lips move....
    overall the twins need to fire the 3 stooges and start over...
    i see tampas cross checker was just promoted to be an assistant (huff)
    in what area do we need the most help in drafting and developing players?
    i think we lost an oppertunity in not hiring him first....
  2. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    I guess AJ and Knoblauch were just kind of jerky. Hunter always stayed a pretty cool bro.

    Jason Tyner was roughly my size, so I always kind of liked him.
  3. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    The Scientific Method often leads to sadness and disappointment. It is much more fun to manipulate research, but alas...
  4. PopRiveter's Avatar
    I was rooting against the Lee trade at the time. I didn't like the idea of getting rid of longer-term assets for a one-and-done guy.
    I get the World Series or Bust angle, but I don't subscribe to it. What makes baseball superior to all the other sports for me is that there are sooooooooo many games that every team, every year will give you good ones. A good season has value to me whether or not it ends the way I'd prefer. On the other hand, tradingtomorrow for today can easily turn into next-season-we're-bound-to-lose-so-you-may-as-well-stop-watching-and-miss-the-good-stuff-because-you'll-need-to-sort-through-so-much-garbage-to-find-it.
    Okay, so before that tangent, I was going to note another factor to take into consideration. If the Twins traded for Cliff Lee, they likely wouldn't have traded for Matt Capps.
    For me, that is a strong point in favor of trading for Lee.
  5. PopRiveter's Avatar
    It's like the end of Lost when you find out it actually was what you thought it was all along.
    Fun read, though
  6. PopRiveter's Avatar
    I still love Hunter and AJ. I only hate Knoblauch because he blew me off when I saw him at valleyfair as a kid- and then became a Yankee.
    I was glad they made the offer to Torii that they did. I thought it was fair. When he signed with Anaheim, I was equally glad they did not make that offer to him. If he had a career year every year of the deal, Anaheim wasn't going to get a good deal at that price.
    Happy for him! Happy for Denard!
    Well, at the time, I had really low expectations for Denard and was first hoping Jason Tyner would be a stopgap solution at center.

    I can recall thinking, "They have to choose either Hunter or Santana, because they can't keep both, but they can't succeed with neither."
    Those two became very, very rich men. Jason Tyner did not.
  7. PopRiveter's Avatar
    I had never known why Mack went to Japan when he did. He was still so good and no one else seemed to consider it until they couldn't find a job in MLB. I had wondered about that for years. I wasn't reading the sports page yet in 1994. Just yesterday, it was on my mind and I dug up the history and finally got my answer. If I'd waited one more day, you did the work for me!
    We were on some parallel something yesterday, man.
  8. Bark's Lounge's Avatar
    I super appreciated Mack in his time with the Twins and so did my baseball comrades at the time. When Mack played for the Twins, I was the age of 14-19. Mack played for the Twins from 1990-1994, and strike his 1993 season, he was a hitting machine. It would have been interesting to see the kind of numbers he would have put up in 1994 if there were not a strike - but you could say that for a lot of players that year. Mack, along with Puckett were our best players during that time. Except for Santana, he has to be the best Rule 5 pick-up the Twins have ever made. I wish the Twins had Shane Mack in his prime now - maybe we could trade him for some above average pitching.
  9. PopRiveter's Avatar
    Love the misguided LeBron comments!
  10. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    Thank you very much! If you ever do become a mogul, let me know!
  11. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    Oh yeah, Lawton is a good upside comp too. From what I have heard, Benson's defense could be better than all of those we have compared him to, which would be a good bonus if he can get his bat going.
  12. PopRiveter's Avatar
    I too have let myself think Shane Mack as a Benson comparison. However, Benson really hasn't shown at any stop yet that he can be a .300 hitter. Maybe Matt Lawton is a more legitimate best-case-scenario comparison. Bobby Kielty?
  13. PopRiveter's Avatar
    I loved reading this article. Keep writing! I'd hire you for my paper if I were a thriving newspaper mogul, but I'm not and they don't exist... So.
    Keep writing!
  14. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by John Bonnes
    I like the story and I like your style of writing Brad. I'm looking forward to reading more. Thanks.
    That is very kind; thank you for the feedback!
  15. John Bonnes's Avatar
    I like the story and I like your style of writing Brad. I'm looking forward to reading more. Thanks.
  16. Rick Blaine's Avatar
    Brad Berreman over at Rant Sports suggests the Twins could get Jair Jurrjens from Atlanta for Benson. If that's the case I would jump on it. Jurrjens is worth a gamble and the Twins have many outfielders in the minor leagues that have passed Joe Benson on the prospect chart.

    Although Jurrjens may be a non tender candidate then a trade wouldn't be necessary.
  17. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by AllhopeisgoneMNTWINS
    I think his time has passed unfortunately...
    You might be right, but the Twins aren't good enough to give up on him just yet.
  18. AllhopeisgoneMNTWINS's Avatar
    I think his time has passed unfortunately...
  19. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    I was surprised by his age, but I guess I should not have been, based on when he was drafted. I still like his upside, but I'd say he has to show it in 2013 or the other options (Arcia, Hicks) will pass him by.
  20. beckmt's Avatar
    Benson may still have a two or Three year window here to prove himself or he may be a throwin on a deal or obtain pitching. Have not given up on him, but his time is moving by him at a rapid rate.
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