Not a statistically valid set of results yet, but so far a strong consensus.There must be a few other opinions out there, hopefully they will appear to liven up the chatter and let the mascots fade in the rear-view mirror.Will be a big surprise if Max Kepler doesn't get a few votes.
The only considerations against Cruz that come to mind are that he has played exclusively in the DH spot (will he get outfield innings after the Division is clinched?) and he did not come up through the Twins organization.The latter is only a criteria for captain in the sense that the team benefits from his presence for a greater number of years, a la Derek Jeter for the Yankees.
There is also a case for Garver.As catcher he leads the team on defense, in spite of being in a platoon role that limits his on-field time.When he is there, his performance speaks for itself. The fact that his career in the majors began only two short years ago is the biggest strike against him.His potential to grow into the role is clear.
It's no stretch to say that Twins are likely to pick up Cruz' option for 2020 based on his results this year.Were he to play a big role in raising another World Series pennant, whether and how much the team would "adopt" him into the Twins family (Dan Gladden, for example) is uncertain.Chili Davis was allowed to continue his journeyman career after his similar season and post-season performance in 1991.The clubhouse and on-field leaders on their teams were Kent Hrbek and Kirby Puckett.Cruz did not join a Twins roster that already had a figure of their stature.
Were the Pohlads to cede control of the ball club to me I would sew a "C" on number 23, and make Mitch Garver heir apparent.
Edited by VivaBomboRivera!, 16 September 2019 - 11:46 PM.