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Wishing the FRE Travels Well to Oakland

Posted by Miles Death , 10 August 2018 · 721 views

I’m at Target Field, and it was the Sunday before the all-star break. We were already losing to the Tampa Bay Rays, and it was a high leverage spot in the 5th inning. Suddenly, my friend and I hear the infamous Lil Jon song start to heat up. Fernando Rodney is coming in? I think, “wow, Molitor is finally getting out of his comfort zone with preassigned inning roles for relievers!” I also don’t judge any of Molitor’s decisions to bring Rodney in because of how fun that walk-up song is at Target Field for the fans. We later find out that no, Molitor isn’t breaking his habits, and Rodney came in that day early to catch a flight to his U.S. citizenship ceremony in Florida.


I enjoyed watching Rodney pitch in Minnesota. For all the hype of how frustrating he would be to watch, I didn’t experience as much of that as advertised. I saw a veteran pitcher who knew his approach better than anybody else, and didn’t give in to hitters trying to mess that up. I also love watching any pitcher with a great changeup. He ended his time this season with the Twins with a 3.79 FIP, 10.31 K/9, and 25 saves.

Now the Oakland A’s get to experience the FRE. I hope they make the postseason and we get to watch Rodney provide some value to that team. With his fastball still topping out at 97 mph this season, there’s no reason we don’t get treated to 2-3 more years of this fantastic personality.

-Miles




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Fritzderkat
Aug 10 2018 01:05 PM

Admitting that he has a habit of bringing bad cases of white knuckles to the 9th, I have to say that in watching him closely this year, first time in his long career for that opportunity, I came to admire his cool. And more often than not, after putting us on the edge of our seats, he'd come through, which is much more than we can say about a lot of the Twins, yes?

Good luck to him in Oakland, and wherever else he may land over the next...what, five years?

Big question: Who now's gonna be our guy? Only thing for sure is a remark made by one of us elsewhere, how often will the Twins as we know them this season (or next) really need a closer? :(

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Miles Death
Aug 10 2018 01:40 PM

 

 

Big question: Who now's gonna be our guy? Only thing for sure is a remark made by one of us elsewhere, how often will the Twins as we know them this season (or next) really need a closer? :(

 

Stay positive! We all know a traditional closer role is going away in baseball. That being said, with the short sample we've seen from Trevor May, he seems like a good candidate. I like a Hildenberger/Hard Throwing Righty (May, or somebody else) as a closer committee. Hildy has better numbers career against lefties due to that devastating change.

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Fritzderkat
Aug 11 2018 02:04 PM

Where's Joe Page when you need him?

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IndianaTwin
Aug 14 2018 12:04 PM

Where's Joe Page when you need him?


Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell, Pa., according to this excellent bio:

https://sabr.org/bio...person/cdec8871