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Edited by Seth Stohs, 12 February 2012 - 10:38 AM.
No need for personal attacks.
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Why risk it? If Morneau's bat is there, he's most valuable as the team's MVP. His last concussion came in the field diving for a ball hit down the line. I know he's only 30, and if he hadn't gotten the concussion, talking this early in his career about moving him to DH would be unheard of (unless there was a Doug Mientkiewicz-style glove waiting in Triple-A with a 2006-Morneau-bat to boot) but I think taking away one area of focus of his game (the glove) would allow him to focus on an area the Twins need him to bounce back in more than the other (his bat.) Gardy, Morneau, the team, everyone should have learned from last year that bringing him back too soon is just going to make him frustrated, and that is not good for a concussed brain either.
Agreed. I think what Seth said above makes a great deal of sense...he's not "worried" about him because you'd have to be nuts to EXPECT a full season of top-level production out of this guy. I think Morneau's quote from a few weeks ago shows that he's beginning to "understand" the gravity of his situation. He was asked if he would just switch to DH if playing 1B was too much of a risk for him, and his response was to the effect of "Look, if I'm so fragile that I can't even play in the field, talking about DH is basically pointless because I probably shouldn't be playing at all."
It'd really be one of the great tragedies of Twins history if this guy were to hang it up so soon because you recognized that Hrbek's number hangs in the rafters, yet Morneau's star potential was so much greater. Unfortunately, the seeds of this thing may have been planted in that one moment in Seattle 2005, along with any other cumulative head trauma he may have picked up playing hockey, etc. in his youth. I really wish he could play and not suffer any effects of this - the only Twins jersey I own with a number on it has the "33" on the back.
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Is it positive that he has been symptom-free dating back to December? Yes.
I'd say that it'd be a lot more of a positive if it was, say, September or October.
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