Interesting read. I think the low pitch counts result from PTC as much as any health preservation measure. If you PTC, you get through PAs quicker. In games where that goes poorly, you're pulled early (probably with a low pitch count). In games where that goes well, you've mowed down the lineup three times using 75 pitches. Its in that fourth trip through the order when batters will start to figure out pitchers though, especially contact pitchers, and it becomes worthwhile for the manager to put in a reliever.
Some of this can also be attributed to the Twins for some reason have not produced many strike out pitchers in last 20 years. The above named pitchers were were above average strikeout pitchers and I believe in those years were the years they produced most strike outs. Its something I have stated on forums before the Twins need to look at scouting and what they do in developing pitchers because we never seem to get that top of line power pitcher that dominates and strikes people out. The ones we have developed usually have started out in another organization and we have trade or rule 5 drafted them. I look at different organization like ST.Louis , Tampa Bay, and Atlanta have developed so many top line pitchers and I wonder what they are doing were not doing. It would seem to me I would be study these organization and see what there doing were not and doing changing our organization to get similar results. But so far in last 20 years it seems business goes on as usual because Twins had to again trade for top line prospects from other organizations. I don't if its scouting process, or business side where they don't want to spend money for these picks, or if philosophy of pitching to hit strike zone not try to be power pitcher to strike people out. I would think it would be great story for reporters that follow the Twins to write about if they would do there research and also report what other people in baseball think of way Twins draft and develop players.
Right on Mr. Willihammer, Congratulations!
.654 OPS and -0.5 career WAR player, Denny Hocking.
I think you have it Wilihammer, tell the folks.
Haha, oh man, I know it but I don't know if I should say. Its equal parts hilarious and depressing.
He was basically the Nick Punto before Nick Punto was the Nick Punto.
I thought maybe Billy Beane but nope.. Not Randy Bush either.. Al Newman?
Another hint or two - This utility player played every position for the Twins except pitcher and catcher. This players wife gave birth to fraternal twins, making him the first player in Twins franchise history to become the father of a set of twins.
He was not a lead-off hitter but he did hit lead off now and then. This native Californian called the Metrodome home for over 10 years.
I would've guessed Knoblauch, too. Lots of leadoff men on the guesses, which makes sense. Gladden?
If not, got any more hints? Was it a leadoff guy?
Not Knoblauch or AM
Funny you asked, because I was just re-reading some passages from Moneyball yesterday, and according to Michael Lewis...
Nope, not Hrbek or Hatcher.
I will go with Kent Hrbek.
I have personally seen no signs of Twins fans jumping left and right off the bandwagon. Since the M & M boys are no longer available, I have noticed a decrease in a segment of the free spending, highly upwardly mobile market. With all these new young players I've been reading about, I would guess we will see an increase in attendance long before the Pohlads consider pawning their best china.
I'm sorry they couldn't work something out with your fairly reasonable request. No doubt they are turning down other existing season ticket holders for similarly minor reasons. Twins ownership must still think it has the leverage, even on those empty seats you asked about.