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#1 jctwins

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Posted 25 February 2018 - 02:07 PM

During today's radio/TV simulcast Gladden and Provus were bantering about getting at bats.

 

Apparently Robbie Grossman told Gladden he only needs ten at bats to prepare for the season.

 

It was left to lie without much discussion.

 

If this is true, Molitor is failing the culture of work ethic that Gardy let slip so badly, and Robbie should be on a bus to Rochester when the club heads North.

 

 

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Posted 25 February 2018 - 02:28 PM

You can work hard without getting into many games. I don't read much into the comment.

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Posted 25 February 2018 - 02:30 PM

With Morrison signing on that may be all the at bats he'll get.
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Posted 25 February 2018 - 02:30 PM

I don't think it's a huge deal. When I played, albeit not at this level, I never stopped hitting.
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Posted 25 February 2018 - 03:57 PM

It says something, though, that there isn't a list of "stupid things you don't say when talking to the radio guy".

 

 


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Posted 25 February 2018 - 04:01 PM

I don't think unrealistic over-confidence in one's own abilities and one's work ethic are necessarily tied together.
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Posted 25 February 2018 - 04:51 PM

One would hope that it would take only a couple games to get up to speed. Grossman's comment could lead one to believe that he actually worked out over the winter.

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Posted 25 February 2018 - 05:08 PM

 

One would hope that it would take only a couple games to get up to speed. Grossman's comment could lead one to believe that he actually worked out over the winter.

 

There is no way these guys are working out against MLB level pitching. 


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Posted 25 February 2018 - 05:22 PM

I think Robbie is underrated.He has a .371 OBP on a teamthat was starved for OBP in 2016 and was a big reason the Twins were 3rd in the AL in 2017. I've known guys that can arrive at a gym and start playing basketball at a high level and others that need 20 minutes of stretching.Everyone is different. Morneau had some horrible ST years and apparently needed the reps because he did quite well to start those seasons and others hit right from the get go.Maybe Grossman faces Hunter Greene every day pitching from 50 feet during the off season. I suspect his days as a Twin are numbered but I think he has been a really good player for us.

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Posted 26 February 2018 - 09:53 AM

 

There is no way these guys are working out against MLB level pitching. 

If you can hit you do so. After a few years in the majors it is not like he ha never seen major league pitching before.

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Posted 26 February 2018 - 10:10 AM

Frankly, those were similar comments to what the people on mlb.tv were saying. ST is for pitchers, hitters can get back in the flow very quickly.

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Posted 26 February 2018 - 10:18 AM

10 ABs from Robert equates to, what, 3 or 4 actual swings?

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Posted 26 February 2018 - 11:10 AM

 

10 ABs from Robert equates to, what, 3 or 4 actual swings?

Hahah, well played.

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Posted 26 February 2018 - 01:51 PM

There is no way these guys are working out against MLB level pitching.


There are such things as pitching machines. Is it the same? No. But that’s what the 10 ST ABs are for.

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Posted 26 February 2018 - 02:52 PM

 

I don't think unrealistic over-confidence in one's own abilities and one's work ethic are necessarily tied together.

Well of course you don't think so.We already know that.

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Posted 26 February 2018 - 03:45 PM

To me, Robbie G will have a tough time fitting in on any team.He does a lot of little things right.Has quality at bats, etc.The problem is that he's a liability in the field compared to the other guys we have to roam the outfield.At the same time, he's not a bat to bring off the bench when looking for some pop...like a typical DH or pinch hitter.So, given that you have Esco to fill that role of pinch hitter with decent wheels, Granite to fill the 4th OF role and pinch run, etc... the only shot that I see for Robbie G depends on Sano's possible suspension.If Sano gets suspended, Esco moves to 3rd and Robbie may find a roster spot.Should be interesting.

 

Remember the days when we went into spring training with a lot of IF's?IF this guy can come back from injury, IF this guy can build on last season, IF this guy can figure out big league pitching, etc...not a ton of IF's this year and that's really nice.I sense an air of confidence with this team.

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Posted 26 February 2018 - 04:32 PM

To me, Robbie G will have a tough time fitting in on any team. He does a lot of little things right. Has quality at bats, etc. The problem is that he's a liability in the field compared to the other guys we have to roam the outfield. At the same time, he's not a bat to bring off the bench when looking for some pop...like a typical DH or pinch hitter. So, given that you have Esco to fill that role of pinch hitter with decent wheels, Granite to fill the 4th OF role and pinch run, etc... the only shot that I see for Robbie G depends on Sano's possible suspension. If Sano gets suspended, Esco moves to 3rd and Robbie may find a roster spot. Should be interesting.

Remember the days when we went into spring training with a lot of IF's? IF this guy can come back from injury, IF this guy can build on last season, IF this guy can figure out big league pitching, etc...not a ton of IF's this year and that's really nice. I sense an air of confidence with this team.


At first I thought you were saying when the Twins started with a lot of infielders. I remember seasons early in Gardy’s tenure when the opening day roster featured 4 or 5 middle infielders. Not even exaggerating. Gardy’s very first opening day roster featured Cristian Guzman, Luis Rivas, Denny Hocking, Jay Canizaro and the extremely forgettable Warren Morris, aka WaMo. After all, the key to a successful roster is 4 weak hitting second basemen.
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Posted 26 February 2018 - 04:32 PM

10 at bats, how's that going for him?

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Posted 26 February 2018 - 04:36 PM

 

There is no way these guys are working out against MLB level pitching. 

Why not?MLB level pitchers don't work out in the offseason?They don't face MLB level hitters in the offseason?

 

I don't see any reason why this wouldn't happen.It's not likely to be the every day regimen, but to write it off completely is a bit presumptuous I'd say.

 

Lots of players work out together in the offseason.It would seem reasonable to go against live MLB caliber pitchers/hitters every now and then.

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Posted 26 February 2018 - 04:42 PM

Ahhh I love Spring Training! I heard Mitch Garver tied his shoes withOUT making the bunny run around the tree. How will this impact his ability to react to offspeed pitches?

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