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  1. Hosken Bombo Disco's Avatar
    Good perspective. I think Gardy has some flaws but when you take your mind out of the present and think about the bigger picture, it's been an impressive career.
  2. John Bonnes's Avatar
    Thank you for contributing. I look forward to seeing your writing develop.

    I have to agree with the other comments - it would take an armageddon-like scenario for Buxton to break camp with the Twins. If either Presley or Mastroianni or Hicks is healthy, they would be the center fielder. And to be honest, I think the Twins still might not make Buxton the center fielder.

    It'll be interesting to watch how long Buxton is on the team this spring. It's not unusual for a top prospect like him to be sent down very early, like within the first week or so of games. He'll have had a chance to hang out with big leaguers for a couple of weeks and for the coaching staff to see him up close. But sending him down early gives him a full camp with the minor leaguers and also keeps speculation away about whether he could break camp with the team.
  3. twinsfan34's Avatar
    Call me a skeptic...and the Twins have had guys from from A ball to the pros. Mostly in the early 80's with Eisenreich, HrBek, and Puckett (1 month at AAA after being at Class) - and all of them did pretty well....but I don't see Buxton starting in CF even if he's the clear cut best player ON THE TEAM sans Joe Mauer.

    I just think they'd play it conservative. Even if they think he'd hit .300 - who else does he have there to help him? And his service time just begins...

    Also, no reason to sell out every game of the season starting on Opening Day
  4. killertwinsfan's Avatar
    I really see no scenario Where Buxton is on the opening day roster. I want to see him dominate double A first. Can't wait to see him but get him polished first. September is probably the realistic target.
  5. Sconnie's Avatar
    It would be great if Buxton pushed the issue in spring training, but I think Hicks will bounce back following his "slow starter" pattern.
  6. gil4's Avatar
    I would add that Bunning was a hell of a lot better pitcher than Morris, no matter what Ted Williams said about him and his "little sh*t slider" (Ball Four). He only won 20 games once, but he won 19 games four times (not that it really matters.) Morris' peak WAR was 5.9; Bunning topped that 5 times, including a three-year stretch of 8.1, 8.9, 7.8. And he still had to wait for the vets committee to elect him.
  7. gil4's Avatar
    Bunning was probably helped by his political career and Hoyte by his broadcasting career. Haines is in the running for worst player in the Hall and is only there because Frankie Frisch was on the vets committee getting all of his old teammates elected. I'm not sure how to explain Grimes - notoriety as the last legal spitballer might have been part of it. Ritter and Honig had him in their top 100 of all time, but I'm not sure why. Was he another guy elected because he knew Frisch?
  8. Fire Dan Gladden's Avatar
    I hope that Valencia does exceptionally well while he is up. That way the Twins might actually get something for him when they trade him this offseason.
  9. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
    I saw on 1500ESPN that if Valencia makes things interesting he might be moved to another position; second, maybe?
  10. mnfireman's Avatar
    Valencia didn't do anything in tonights game to cause Plouffe to worry.
  11. mike wants wins's Avatar
    Not sure I agree, I think Plouffe is comfy at 3B, and Valencia showed over more than 1 year whether he was good or not....
  12. jorgenswest's Avatar
    Hopefully the Twins understand sample size and will not give weight to whatever performance Valencia gives in the next week or two.

    If they use him wisely, he will only appear against lefties which will further decrease the sample.

    As for any team interested, his performance on the field 2010-2012 will carry the weight.
  13. Highabove's Avatar
    Will Valencia still be the Prince of Uptown?
    Maybe this time, he will wise up and realize that he must focus 105% on saving his career.
  14. John Bonnes's Avatar
    Only tangentially related, but can we somehow transform Trevor into "The Proof" as a nickname? The it could be Hammer-Proof.
  15. jimbo92107's Avatar
    Hammer / Slammer Homerama?
  16. Montecore's Avatar
    Liriano should remain in the pen. I don't know what his problem is, but, it's a matter of what's working, and what isn't.
  17. Troy Larson's Avatar
    As for Capps being traded, I don't think that will happen unless the Twins can get some value for him. I think unless Capps has some really outstanding numbers in the next couple of months, look for him to stay with the Twins.
  18. Mauerzy4Prez's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Blake
    Capps is probably gone after this year. It looks to me like Glenn Perkins will probably take over as the closer. At that point, Liriano becomes the set up man. Yes, it would be a bit unusual to have two lefties at the end of the bullpen, but, since both have the demonstrated ability to get people out, I don't think it would be much of an issue.
    I say get rid of Capps right now, and shift Perk into the closer role... Duensing/Franky/Burton/Burnett are your team of set up guys. I know Capps worked on this great new pitch and has had decent success this year, but I am tired of watching the end of a game where we have a one run lead and just waiting for Capps to give it up. I was in AZ last year and went to the back to back games he blew saves in, never have I been more sure of a pitcher not being our closer. Matt Crapps needs to go blow saves somewhere else... not here!
  19. Blake's Avatar
    Capps is probably gone after this year. It looks to me like Glenn Perkins will probably take over as the closer. At that point, Liriano becomes the set up man. Yes, it would be a bit unusual to have two lefties at the end of the bullpen, but, since both have the demonstrated ability to get people out, I don't think it would be much of an issue.
  20. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
    I would agree with you, except the Twins already have a lefty set-up man, and we trust him a lot more than we trust Liriano in that spot. He would be good in the bullpen, and, if the Twins keep him there and he thrives, his asking price this coming offseason might drop enough so the Twins could sign him to be another good lefty out of the bullpen.
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