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Hammond Notes - March 18

Posted by ashbury , 19 March 2015 · 883 views

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I meant to write up these notes last night and forgot. No deep insights here, just my jottings from a day under the sun at Hammond Field.

I arrived at 9:10, too late to get free parking on a game day. Cheapskate fans of minor league spring ball, take note!

I was approached by a reporter from a Naples newspaper, who was looking to interview average fans....


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30 Twins Prospects I'll Be Watching In 2015

Posted by ashbury , 19 March 2015 · 1,400 views

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Source: 30 Twins Prospects I'll Be Watching In 2015


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Spring Training Game Number 11 versus St Louis

Posted by ashbury , 15 March 2015 · 1,174 views

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I had the pleasure of watching today's game in person at Hammond Stadium, versus the portion of the St Louis Cardinal roster they deemed worth putting on a bus (hint: no stars). This writeup ought to be pretty quick, because it's one of those rare games where the box score plus a little inference pretty much tells you all you need to know.

But first, I'l...


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Poker night with Terry Ryan

Posted by ashbury , 04 December 2014 · 893 views

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One of the interview questions with Terry Ryan at the Torii Hunter introduction press conference was, "are you surprised it [he?] took a one year contract?". Terry twitched and suppressed a smile and basically used every single one of his facial muscles before replying "no".

http://blogs.twincit...efensive-met...


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The Game

Posted by ashbury , 11 August 2014 · 1,112 views

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The Game (This is an entry in the Blogging For Pizza contest.)


April, 2010...


"I don't want to be the catcher on the Twins anymore," Joe Mauer said. He looked around the table at the others inquiringly. "Like that?"

Gardy beamed. "Exactly like that." The manager picked up his glass and made a vague toasting motion with it, in acknowledgement of the catcher'...


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Impressions after the Sunday game in Cleveland

Posted by ashbury , 06 April 2014 · 347 views

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After watching the Twins today in Cleveland, several impressions come to the forefront.

First, the pitching seems to be no better than last year, and quite possibly even worse. The starter, Nolasco, stunk it up with 5 runs in only 4 innings, and could not seem to locate his pitches to save his life. The bullpen quickly coughed up two more runs, a perfo...


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Jimmy Rollins being shopped

Posted by ashbury , 16 December 2013 · 354 views

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MLBTR has an item stating that the Phillies would be willing to trade Jimmy Rollins. In the article, it's stated:

"Rollins, 35, struggled at the plate in 2013, batting .252/.318/.348..."

Meanwhile our resident starter pleased some fans with his progress, posting .221/.281/.330.

I don't particularly advocate trading for Rollins, as I assume the Phils want prospects the Twins won't want to part with and the Twins won't want to invest $11M a year in an aging player. I'm just mindful that one team's "struggled" can be better on offense than another team's "incumbent shortstop".


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Separated at birth?

Posted by ashbury , 29 November 2013 · 321 views

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Road Trip for Arizona Fall League?

Posted by ashbury , 01 September 2013 · 311 views

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Folks,

When the Twins announced their players being sent to the Arizona Fall League (AFL), John Bonnes made an off-hand comment about a Twins Daily road trip. Something of that magnitude might be a little fanciful, but I'm thinking about going and he and I agreed maybe a clearinghouse would be useful for those who plan to go, or are considering it.

The Twins players will be on the Glendale Desert Dogs. All the AFL games are in the Phoenix area. Our guys have games from October 8 to November 14; here is a link to the full schedule:

http://mlb.mlb.com/m...&cid=454&y=2013

Team roster is here:

Major League Baseball | Winter Leagues | Arizona Fall League | MLB.com: Events

USAFChief lives somewhere in or around Tucson, a two-hour car ride away, and has offered a bit of interaction with anyone who makes the trip, but no rights or privileges for his barcalounger (ahem, "Ekornes Stressless, full leather", per Chief). I think one or two others spoke up expressing interest too.

Anybody with ideas about going, feel free to post a response here, and if some sort of critical mass begins to develop we can take it from there. At this point, I think any vague but possible idea of going is worth mentioning, without it being a commitment for now.

I am considering a trip there during the week of October 14, regardless of whether anyone else goes.


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Swiftian satire must be attempted only by people actually named Jonathan

Posted by ashbury , 11 August 2013 · 322 views

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In response to a forum reply that I felt crossed a boundary, where the writer questioned the courage of Andrew Albers, instead of just deleting the post I decided to try a bit of "see how you like it" . Since it stirred up some controversy, I am posting here the private message I later sent:


Brock and I were both basically reacting to one sentence:

Albers could have at least had the balls to fight for it if he really wanted it.

Nothing else in your several posts was an issue for me at least.

And your choice of the word "balls", while also off-color and thus a mild problem, isn't the issue either; you could have said

Albers could have at least had the courage to fight for it if he really wanted it.

and it would still have been a problem.

Please review the Updated Comment Policy if you are unclear. Rule #1 is

1. Personal attacks or insults towards other commenters, the post author, journalists, teams, players , members of baseball organizations or agents. (You can be critical, but not personal.)

There is just no place in the forums at TD for a comment like yours about a player's courage.

Your reaction to my questionable choice of a "see how you like it when it is directed at you" response demonstrates that the advice I was given to just delete comments that harm the tone of any given thread may work best in the long run; it's not some omniscient power but simply a way to keep threads from degenerating. Maybe your response was in that same vein but I don't think so; you just seemed to not like it to have your own courage questioned or to have someone presume to know what goes on inside your head. Yet that's what you wanted to do regarding Albers' ninth inning.

Please instead accept the criticism in the spirit it was intended, to recognize when a comment you're about to post approaches an area where a moderator will need to step in. Most people manage to steer far clear, and mostly you do too I think.