That's awesome, I looked him up and he had some crazy stats. Thanks for the suggestion!
I'd make the trade too, as a rational adult. It was a huge return.
My Grandma was really bummed too.
I remember West being the central piece of this trade. Watching him pitch he looked awkward. Almost side armed. High fastball, but no movement and not much else.
My Mom had a huge crush on Frankie, and she was devastated too.....
I was sorry to see him go, but at the time I agreed with the trade. (I was 24 at the time, not 7, so I probably wasn't as emotionally attached to individual players.)
In hindsight, I would make that trade again in a heartbeat. 1991 seals the deal for me. Pitchers are temporary. Championships are forever.
Here's another former Twin, in this case, a farmhand at Class A-Wisconsin Rapids in the 1970s or early 80s. The guy's name is Elmer "Moe" Hill, and he put up spectacular numbers at Class A, winning the triple crown one year, but never making it higher than Class A.
I thought it was great!
Yeah, I think the return for Perkins would be very underwhelming. Thus, I'd keep him, because I love him and he's good.
Glen Perkins for Matthew Summers
Of all these interesting ideas, this was the worst. It was your way-offiest.
Fun stuff to think about.
I'm happy to know that my non-hate will be properly balanced out. I also appreciate all the synonyms.
Also, Twins fans aren't required to hate the Yankees. There are many other alternatives:
Despise, detest, loathe, abhor, intensly dislike... My thesaurus ran out, but I'm sure there are more options.
It's OK. As a Twins fan who grew up in Connecticut, I have enough hate for the Yankees to cover you too.
Interesting article Brad. Good for you.
Personally, I wouldn't cheer for the Yankees if they were playing Al Qaeda.
This one is $137,500:
1 1 BVG 8 5 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle Rookie 253 | eBay
This one is better though, at $100,000:
Signed Barry Bonds "Say No to Drugs" Autograph 1987 Fleer Rookie PSA RARE Card | eBay
And here I thought "refract" meant "nap."
After reading these rankings, I was left asking myself "whose rookie card price could possibly rank higher than Joe Mauer's?" A champion must be crowned!
Phew! It was a real relief to read this, after publishing my own draft recap blog only to find that you wrote coherently and amusingly, whereas I tossed out random mascot trivia.
I really like the recaps and especially the human interest stories, and I do hope that Zach Granite and Ivory Thomas have many fine sculptural conversations.
Thanks! Zimmermann is great. I was surprised how good his stats were over the past three seasons. I agree with you on Florimon and Parmelee. With Florimon, I'm employing blind optimism, just because the Twins rarely keep a competent shortstop and they seem to like Florimon. I'm with you on Parmelee and I'm about ready to see him put on the bench.
For all the mods encouragement of people to blog, its a small crime that nobody front paged this one. A+ post.
A. Its time to start referring to Jordan Zimmerman as an ace. Which gives the Nats, what, 3 aces when everyone's healthy?
B. I'm just not buying that Florimon's current numbers reflect his true talent, but I don't really have any statistical backing for that opinion. His plate discipline has improved for the 2nd straight year. His defense has been fine (this past weekend notwithstanding). Even his BABIP could stand to gain a few points probably. But my eyes are telling me that he is Alexi Casilla 2.0. Hope I'm wrong.
C. Parmelee. I've been a skeptic all along and I really hope the Twins don't bend any further over finding a way to get him playing time. The overwhelming majority of his professional career has been mediocre, save a few hot weeks in AAA in 2012. But even Clete Thomas can get hot for a few weeks in AAA. I hope neither of those guys stops Arcia getting a full share of playing time now that his shoulder's better.
D. I watched a few of Liriano's starts, including one a few weeks ago where he struck out 7 in a row, tie-ing a Pirates franchise record. He's still filthy, his changeup has been especially filthy this year, but he still falls behind out of the stretch more than he should. He has been bailed out on more than one ocassion by Clint Hurdle's shifts though. That said, he has been nearly unhittable out of the windup. Side note, I'm going to go ahead and predict Hurdle for MoY in the NL right now. The Pirates are a good team.
I aim to please...
Thanks again! I'll look for a good Keith Atherton card to photoshop for the future. I'm always willing to take requests.
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Thanks guys! I'm totally irrational about two things: Aaron Hicks and putting Gary Wayne's head on things.
I'm more of a Keith Atherton guy but to each his own. Great article, as always!
Also, thanks for linking to your draft write ups, I didn't have the chance to read many of them right away.