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#1 jdotmcmahon

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 07:17 AM

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#2 mike wants wins

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 08:50 AM

As long as they COMMIT to their strategy, and don't go half way.....

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 09:15 AM

Love the move - hope they can get him in the lineup during this road trip - my fear is that they will be out of the running by the end of it.

Worst case is that Morales could be a trade chip at the deadline.

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 10:35 AM

It's always best to have as many weapons as possible, just in case things fall into place. Arcia could put everything together and be a star. Willingham could revert to 2012 form (or something close to it.) Giving up switch-hitting could turn Hicks into an OBP king. Dozier has been this good long enough now that he might really be this good. Mauer could turn back into Mauer. Plouffe's improvements could be real. The rotation should be better than it has been. Correia could go on the 60-day with a left pinky strain. (I don't want him really hurt; I just want him to stop hurting the team.) The catchers could continue to be good (although it's unlikely Suzuki will be as good as he has been so far.) Escobar could really be at least a league-average SS. (He's 25 - he might end up even better than that.)

All that's needed to contend is for a couple of slots to take realistic steps forward (1B, DH, CF, starting rotation) and the rest to continue as they have been (C, 2B, SS, 3B, bullpen) and the guys who just returned from injuries to play well (LF, RF). I'd say all of those things are at least 50-50, and some are pretty likely. I could see this team getting hot and possibly contending for a division title.

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 02:45 PM

I love the Morales signing, the Twins needed another bat to help with the dismal offensive showing that has been on display so far this year.

What I hope comes out of the signing is that Morales holds down the DH spot and forces Gardy to play our guys where they belong on the field and not play musical positions night in and night out. INF playing in the OF and OF playing in the INF gets old, real fast.

I think the boys play in the best division in baseball for us to try to rebuild during the year and still hang in there and at least shoot for a Wild Card birth.

I am not saying that one signing is going to change everything around and we are going to take off, but the fact that they are making moves, definitely gives off hope that they are in for a fight this year.

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 03:57 AM

Can somebody please find a Jersey that fits Mr. Morales. You could clearly hear the Toronto Fans chanting "Tuck in your shirt, Tuck in your shirt" No Joke.

Edited by Highabove, 11 June 2014 - 04:00 AM.


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Posted 11 June 2014 - 03:39 PM

Can somebody please find a Jersey that fits Mr. Morales. You could clearly hear the Toronto Fans chanting "Tuck in your shirt, Tuck in your shirt" No Joke.


Based on what we've seen so far from him, he can wear his oversized jersey however he wants. Who really cares, other than the opposing team's fans?

Not every MLB player can have a well-fitting uniform and an impeccable studly mustache.

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 04:08 PM

Can somebody please find a Jersey that fits Mr. Morales. You could clearly hear the Toronto Fans chanting "Tuck in your shirt, Tuck in your shirt" No Joke.


I find it humorous, not serious.

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 10:13 PM

It's always best to have as many weapons as possible, just in case things fall into place. Arcia could put everything together and be a star. Willingham could revert to 2012 form (or something close to it.) Giving up switch-hitting could turn Hicks into an OBP king. Dozier has been this good long enough now that he might really be this good. Mauer could turn back into Mauer. Plouffe's improvements could be real. The rotation should be better than it has been. Correia could go on the 60-day with a left pinky strain. (I don't want him really hurt; I just want him to stop hurting the team.) The catchers could continue to be good (although it's unlikely Suzuki will be as good as he has been so far.) Escobar could really be at least a league-average SS. (He's 25 - he might end up even better than that.)

All that's needed to contend is for a couple of slots to take realistic steps forward (1B, DH, CF, starting rotation) and the rest to continue as they have been (C, 2B, SS, 3B, bullpen) and the guys who just returned from injuries to play well (LF, RF). I'd say all of those things are at least 50-50, and some are pretty likely. I could see this team getting hot and possibly contending for a division title.


This. Not 100%, but this.

You don't have to burn down the barn to rebuild.

Willingham and Arcia make our offense much better and more dangerous.

Morales solidifies our DH spot and gives a solid backup to Mauer on occasion.

Re-signing Morales wouldn't be a bad thing as he keeps the DH spot warm for Vargas sometime over the next half season plus.

Second half of the season, Correia gone, a reliever or two gone, a couple truly talented pitchers getting their shot, plus more in September, wwe're building for 2015 without sacrificing 2014.

Mauer turning back in to Mauer is a big cog. Not only this season but next.

We're not that far away. And after the last 3 seasons, I am about winning, being competitive, while still looking to tomorrow.