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  1. USAFChief's Avatar
    Awful trade. It's not even accurate to say Hardy didn't have a good season for the Twins. He was hurt in the first half, but when healthy he had a fine second half (.304/.363/.442) and was a primary factor in the teams second half surge. Probably the single worst thing Smith did as GM.
  2. Gernzy's Avatar
    No trade pissed me off more then this one. When I first heard we were thinking about trading Hardy U thought they were crazy. His 2010 wasn't even that bad. He was the SS we had been looking for for a long time. And we gave him away for nothing! Hoey was a massive bust. SS is our weakest spot, and the guy we had is killing it in Baltimore.

    Don't know how long it will take me to get over this one...
  3. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hosken Bombo Disco
    What do you suppose is Bruno's WAR as a hitting coach?
    It's pretty low, but Dozier's emergence these past couple months gives it a slight boost. Let's say 2.0. Solid, but he'll need to build on it to be part of the long-term plans.
  4. Hosken Bombo Disco's Avatar
    Here are the top 10 second-year players in Twins history, sorted by rWAR:


    1. Tom Brunansky - 5.6 WAR
    2. Chuck Knoblauch - 5.3 WAR
    3. Lew Ford - 4.4 WAR
    What do you suppose is Bruno's WAR as a hitting coach?
  5. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by gil4
    The Twins were in a spot where they should have either insisted upon an overwhelming return or kept him for another year. At the time of the trade it was a letdown because the return was far less than the rumors. Bill Smith blinked.
    100% agree. It was senseless timing.
  6. gil4's Avatar
    You will never convince me that having Santana on that 2008 team wouldn't have added at least one win to the Twins' total. Never!
    The Twins were in a spot where they should have either insisted upon an overwhelming return or kept him for another year. At the time of the trade it was a letdown because the return was far less than the rumors. Bill Smith blinked.
  7. Pius Jefferson's Avatar
    That entire off-season was a nightmare.

    They twins lost Garza, Hunter, Santana, and during the season Castillo and got next to nothing of value in return.
  8. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    Not totally sure, but I found this on Wikipedia:

    Pontoon (boat) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  9. Winston Smith's Avatar
    What's a platoon?
  10. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Oldgoat_MN
    Brad, you are amazing.

    I especially like the way you ask yourself a question and start the answer with, "Good question!".

    I laughed out loud. A fun read.
    Haha, thank you! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it!
  11. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
    Brad, you are amazing.

    I especially like the way you ask yourself a question and start the answer with, "Good question!".

    I laughed out loud. A fun read.
  12. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Willihammer
    Yeah I guess with Beltran in RF that helped push the Mets over the top probably.

    By the way, Carlos Beltran, HoFamer?
    Yes and yes. I actually am writing something about current players who I think should be in the Hall of Fame. Beltran has had a really excellent, underrated career.
  13. Willihammer's Avatar
    Yeah I guess with Beltran in RF that helped push the Mets over the top probably.

    By the way, Carlos Beltran, HoFamer?
  14. SpitefulRabbit617's Avatar
    The only good think about Boof other than his name was seeing a Triple Play happen against the Mariners. Those don't happen everyday.
  15. Willihammer's Avatar
    "He's a horse"
    Yes, yes he is.
  16. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by old nurse
    Todd Jones must have hated his time with the Twins. When he was doing a column for the Sporting News he took as many rips on them as he could. The Twins let him go as a FA after that half season. From fading recollection, I don't ever remember him being that good. In his own mind from the columns you would have thought he was Sparky Lyle.
    Probably a bad post-game buffet. His quotes are certainly interesting. He was clearly not happy to leave Detroit.
  17. spycake's Avatar
    Matt Lawton had feuded with the Twins front office before -- they had some notable differences in contract negotiations, and he was going year-to-year until free agency (which he was set to get after the 2002 season).

    I also recall some grumblings from the front office about Mark Redman, a lot of it stemming from his 2001 injury and rehab -- I think the implication was he was taking too long. Your TR quote offers some support for this.

    But whatever the motivation, the Lawton-Reed swap was definitely one of TR's bolder moves, although it was also fairly prudent, as we had a lot more confidence in our OF prospects at the time than our SP prospects (and rightly so).

    The Redman-Jones swap was less of a bold move, and perhaps a bit misguided, as Jones predictably made almost no difference to the 2001 season, while Redman did produce a couple more decent cheap seasons. But Redman never had much value, as evidenced by his future trades and releases, and as Hawkins was melting down, the 2001 Twins bullpen was indeed in rough shape. (As compared to 2010, when the bullpen was actually pretty solid but simply lacked a "proven closer" when they traded for Capps)
  18. old nurse's Avatar
    Todd Jones must have hated his time with the Twins. When he was doing a column for the Sporting News he took as many rips on them as he could. The Twins let him go as a FA after that half season. From fading recollection, I don't ever remember him being that good. In his own mind from the columns you would have thought he was Sparky Lyle.
  19. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Willihammer
    It is an interesting story. Might there have been a subconscious link between the trade demand, the immediate success with the Yankees, and the yips? I mean, guy requests a trade in 97, gets traded, plays 2B in '98 for the Yankees, wins a WS, plays 2B all of 99, and wins another world series? Is there a little leprechaun that shows up at that point and starts whispering in his ear "well that was easy, wasn't it?"
    I like that, kind of an instant karma/deal with the devil scenario. You get to play for the winner, but we're going to take your career. Very creepy.
  20. Willihammer's Avatar
    It is an interesting story. Might there have been a subconscious link between the trade demand, the immediate success with the Yankees, and the yips? I mean, guy requests a trade in 97, gets traded, plays 2B in '98 for the Yankees, wins a WS, plays 2B all of 99, and wins another world series? Is there a little leprechaun that shows up at that point and starts whispering in his ear "well that was easy, wasn't it?"
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