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Playing Favorites

Posted by stringer bell , 15 January 2020 · 662 views

gary wayne greg gagne utility marwin gonzalez
I have been a Twins fan since I was six years old, when they moved to the Twin Cities from Washington. After nearly sixty years, I doubt that that will ever be a fan of another baseball team or lose interest in "my team". In the course of the 59 years that the Twins have been the Twins, I have always had a favorite player or two every year. Sometimes that guy is a star, often he's not the star of the team. My favorites have included some obscure guys like Gary Wayne, Geoff Zahn, and Ron Washington, some good players like Gary Ward, Gary Gaetti, Brian Dozier and Michael Cuddyer and some All-Stars. I've always checked the box scores when I missed a game, to see how my favorite did. I've always advocated for my favorite player and enjoyed breakouts from such players as Greg Gagne and Brian Dozier.

All of this is a preface for my current favorite player--Marwin Gonzalez. I like the way Gonzalez goes about his business, the way that he has fit in the clubhouse and how he is willing to play anywhere without complaint or preference for one position or another. Gonzalez looks like he will be affected by the signing of Josh Donaldson. He figured to have regular duty at one of the corners of the infield and now there will be a regular at both corners and probably in all the outfield positions. I hope Marwin gets consistent playing time when all are healthy and know that he will do well if there is an injury or ineffectiveness at one of the infield corners or in the outfield.

I'd like to see my current favorite get his customary 500 plate appearances. I think with that number of at-bats he will perform quite well.

I think in order for Marwin to get his 500 ABs it'll take some injuries. He graded out positively at 3B last year but was traditionally below average, his only positive defensive position has usually been outfield where we're stacked. In terms of his offense, he's more often than not going to be a below average hitter at corner outfield and corner infield as well. He's an extremely valuable player but that value comes from his ability to play anywhere.

Jan 16 2020 04:19 PM

Baldelli is a big believer in giving players rest. Playing time for Marwin should not be hard to come by, particularly early in the season (only two off-days in May, for example). 

Jan 16 2020 08:46 PM

I admire Ehire Adrianza for the same reasons. Rocco showed his respect for EA by having him manage the final game of the regular season. That says plenty. These two are really good baseball players and teammates.