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#21 TheLeviathan

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 07:41 PM

This is true if you also think that a team playing with a 24 man roster (often 23 because of the "day-to-days" ) against teams with 25 men, does not matter much


Exactly. Especially with the same team having a penchant for not DLing players. I know most backup catchers are bad, but Butera is bad even for that threshold.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 08:02 PM

Given Doumit and Mauers' playing off catcher so often, we need a good 3rd catcher who can catch but doesn't waste a roster spot on someone who can't do anything besides catch (hit, run, play outfield). It seems like a great idea to have 3 catchers like Mauer, Doumit, and Hermann on the roster next year. We need versatility from that other catcher spot.
Mauer: C, 1B, DH
Doumit: C, DH, RF?
Hermann: C, LF, RF

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 09:34 PM

I kinda expect Gardy to sabatoge Hermann over the last 18gms or so ;)....playing him against tough lefties (Sabathia/Sale next trip etc) & limiting his possible success, so as protect his boy Drews #3 status!!!!
Hermann thought he was done & now will make about 50K over the next 3wks.....not a bad gig!!!!

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 10:04 PM

There is no good reason for Butera to be on an MLB roster.

The upside is that if he only plays three times a month, it doesn't matter much.


This is true if you also think that a team playing with a 24 man roster (often 23 because of the "day-to-days" ) against teams with 25 men, does not matter much

The 25'th person on the roster would matter on playng other teams when they have a number 1-4 starter and the Twins do not.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 12:50 AM

There is no good reason for Butera to be on an MLB roster.

The upside is that if he only plays three times a month, it doesn't matter much.


This is true if you also think that a team playing with a 24 man roster (often 23 because of the "day-to-days" ) against teams with 25 men, does not matter much


Right, because other teams don't have poor hitting players and don't have anyone who's day to day. I just counted, 27 teams have listed a player as day to day in the last 3 days. 20 of them had a player listed as day to day today (the 14th).

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 07:18 AM

Given Doumit and Mauers' playing off catcher so often, we need a good 3rd catcher who can catch but doesn't waste a roster spot on someone who can't do anything besides catch (hit, run, play outfield). It seems like a great idea to have 3 catchers like Mauer, Doumit, and Hermann on the roster next year. We need versatility from that other catcher spot.
Mauer: C, 1B, DH
Doumit: C, DH, RF?
Hermann: C, LF, RF


Exactly. Herrmann replacing Butera's time, filling in a bit more for Mauer and Doumit (esp. if Morneau is no longer on the team) as the catcher, and being a 5th OF should get him about 200 plate appearances and he can be very effective in the role for the Twins through the duration of Doumit's contract.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 10:20 AM

An aggressive team would have Hermann on the Roster next year. I predict he is in AAA to start the year, with Butera somehow keeping his job and being up here instead. The will say "He needs some AAA at bats to get ready" or something like that.

I don't know, it is a site to discuss sports, not airline safety.....maybe we should take it less seriously?


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Posted 15 September 2012 - 11:26 AM

An aggressive team would have Hermann on the Roster next year. I predict he is in AAA to start the year, with Butera somehow keeping his job and being up here instead. The will say "He needs some AAA at bats to get ready" or something like that.


Likely, but this is in 2013. 2 games with the Twins, Herrmann is still warming the pine while Butera started both. Let's see him in a game in September first and then we can talk about next season.
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Posted 15 September 2012 - 11:31 AM

Gardy said pregame that he doesnt plan on playing Hermann alot since he hasnt played for 2wks & is afraid of getting him hurt

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 12:23 PM

Gardy said pregame that he doesnt plan on playing Hermann alot since he hasnt played for 2wks & is afraid of getting him hurt


LEN3 disagrees:

"Hermann: Gardenhire said he's committed to playing catcher-outfielder Chris Hermann, who was called up because of the Mauer-Doumit situation. Gardenhire, however, is trying to put his best team on the field to face the contending White Sox and probably won't give Hermann a shot until they get to Cleveland."

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 12:29 PM

I have no doubt that Herrmann will get a little playing time. But since he hasn't played in two weeks, I don't think having him sit against Sale and LIriano is a bad thing. That's not setting him up for any kind of success as a left-handed hitter. Let him get back into the 'swing' of things with some BP for a couple of games first.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 03:30 PM

is trying to put his best team on the field to face the contending White Sox and probably won't give Hermann a shot until they get to Cleveland."

That makes sense as is the correct thing to do.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 04:03 PM

I have no doubt that Herrmann will get a little playing time. But since he hasn't played in two weeks, I don't think having him sit against Sale and LIriano is a bad thing. That's not setting him up for any kind of success as a left-handed hitter. Let him get back into the 'swing' of things with some BP for a couple of games first.

I think also it has a lot to do with catching Vasquez and Deduno, 2 guys that are not easy to catch.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 04:12 PM

I have no doubt that Herrmann will get a little playing time. But since he hasn't played in two weeks, I don't think having him sit against Sale and LIriano is a bad thing. That's not setting him up for any kind of success as a left-handed hitter. Let him get back into the 'swing' of things with some BP for a couple of games first.

I think also it has a lot to do with catching Vasquez and Deduno, 2 guys that are not easy to catch.


Great point. (Is that maybe why Doumit and Mauer are taking it slowly getting back, too? Butera definitely earned his paycheck the last couple of days).

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 05:57 PM

The 25'th person on the roster would matter on playng other teams when they have a number 1-4 starter and the Twins do not.


This is such flawed, aggravating thinking. No one is claiming Drew Butera sank the 2012 season, let's get off that. It's disingenuous and distracting to the real point. Of course he isn't the main reason we're a bad team. But just because you're bad doesn't excuse bad decisions. In part, some of the very same thinking behind the bad decision to scholarship Butera into a roster spot is why this team is as bad as they are. Is he single-handedly or even directly responsible for that? No, but that doesn't excuse the bad decision, which is what is being criticized.

If your manager is going to insist on a third catcher and your highest paid player needs to be a part-time catcher - then you better have one that can be a regular contributor to the team in that role. Especially if you also have a penchant for playing a thin bench.

This represents some scarily lowered expectations for the team. No matter how bad you are it doesn't excuse you poorly constructing your roster.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 06:02 PM

Gardy said pregame that he doesnt plan on playing Hermann alot since he hasnt played for 2wks & is afraid of getting him hurt


LEN3 disagrees:

"Hermann: Gardenhire said he's committed to playing catcher-outfielder Chris Hermann, who was called up because of the Mauer-Doumit situation. Gardenhire, however, is trying to put his best team on the field to face the contending White Sox and probably won't give Hermann a shot until they get to Cleveland."


makes sense if it was due to Liriano/Sale but that was his quote.....quite possible he was talkin only about this series & I missed the first part....Gardy is famous for getting guys into lineup immediately, probably givin him a couple days to get some hitting in

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 08:07 PM

While Mauer and Doumit are out I'd start him every game just to see what he's got. He can't do any worse then what Butera has been doing the past two years. You know what you have in Butera, a decent fielding weak batting catcher, why not find out what you have in Herrman?

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 10:01 AM

Butera started season 9-25 over his first 8gms (7starts) w/3doubles for a .360/.385/.480 start & all the Butera lovers were sayin 'see, he's improved his hitting & is now a viable major league backup.
Since then.....3 days short of 4 full months
32gms (23starts) 12/78 4runs 2doubles HR 5rbi 23k 8bb for a line of .154/.250/.218.......how is that capable of sustaining a job in the majors ?
The .468OPS for these 4 months is LOWER than his career average of .499...he's hitting worse than he EVER has!!!
How is playing him over Chris Hermann fielding a better lineup vs a contender???

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 10:51 AM

How is playing him over Chris Hermann fielding a better lineup vs a contender???


It's not. Drew Butera is a historically bad MLB hitter. End of story.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 12:42 PM


How is playing him over Chris Hermann fielding a better lineup vs a contender???


It's not. Drew Butera is a historically bad MLB hitter. End of story.


Yes, this is obvious as well. There is no excuse for this, just silliness. Maybe he can at least pinch hit today!? Is that really so much to ask for?