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#21 gunnarthor

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 08:16 PM

Interesting idea. 

 

C - Mauer (easy choice for Twins fans)

1B - Big Hurt (too many great ones to choose one year. Maybe strike shortened 94?)

2B - Knobby 1996 (off the field, not a good person but he really was on a HOF path for a bit)

SS - Jeter (I'm sorry)

3B - Adrian Beltre

LF - Bo Jackson (if you were 10 years old when this happened ...)

CF - Puckett (my favorite player ever)

RF - Ichiro (easiest non-Twins pick ever)

DH - Thome

Bench 1 - Kenny Lofton

Bench 2 - Roberto Alomar

Bench 3 - Justin Morneau

Bench 4 - Torii Hunter

 

SP1 - Johan Santana

SP2 - Big Unit

SP3 - Verlander

SP4 - Doc Halladay

SP5 - Radke 

 

Pen -Nathan, Mo, Quisenberry, Zumaya (that one year ...), Rob Dibble, Reardon


#22 the_brute_squad

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Posted 23 March 2020 - 06:12 AM

 

C - Joe Mauer 2009
1b - Frank Thomas 1997
2b - Jeff Kent 2000
3B - Josh Donaldson 2015
SS - Ozzie Smith 1987
RF - Ichiro Suzuki 2004
CF - Kirby Puckett 1988
LF - Barry Bonds 2001
DH - Edgar Martinez 1995
Bench - Nick Punto 2006
Bench - Jeff Reboulet 1995
Bench - Jarrod Dyson 2013
Bench - Pedro Munoz 1992
SP - Pedro Martinez 1999
SP - Roger Clemens 1997
SP - Nolan Ryan 1989
SP - Jim Abbott 1991
SP - Johan Santana 2005
RP - Willie Hernandez 1984
RP - Dan Quisenberry 1983
RP - Mark Eichhorn 1986
RP - Mariano Rivera 2008
RP - Josh Hader 2018
RP - Francisco Rodriguez 2004
RP - Joe Nathan 2006
RP - Billy Wagner 1999

Any team with Jeff Reboulet is not legit.

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#23 Nine of twelve

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Posted 23 March 2020 - 10:12 AM

 

Any team with Jeff Reboulet is not legit.

I certainly understand the thinking behind this statement, but as the original post says this is favorite players, not best players. Brant Alyea might be on my list of favorite Twins because he had 2 HR and 7 RBI on opening day in 1970, because he was involved in 7-6-7 play in the field on 4/25/1970, and because he wore number 11.

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#24 tarheeltwinsfan

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Posted 23 March 2020 - 03:31 PM

 

Twitter has seen many of these recently, but one that caught my eye that could generate good conversation here is this...

 

Create a team - 26-man roster, DH or non-DH lineup/roster by your own choice (though we'll get into something with that later), full rotation

 

The team should consist of your personal favorite players that you have seen in your lifetime (TV or in-person is fine). They can play any position, but it must be a position that the player played for a majority of at least one season. Not required as part of this - but something that could be a fun addition - is to list your favorite season of that favorite player!

 

I'll start with mine

 

C - Ivan Rodriguez. No one has even come close to his combination of offense and defense. Defense that I've not seen matched behind the plate in my life along with athleticism offensively that was remarkable. While many will remember his monster 1999 season, I recall his 2004 when he moved to the Tigers on a free agent deal. He was 32 and the numbers didn't appreciate his defense as much, but he hit .334/.383/.510 with 19 HR and 7 SB. (I'll add more write-ups later)

 

1B - Albert Pujols, 2009

 

2B - Ryne Sandberg, 1984

 

3B - Chipper Jones, 2008

 

SS - Andrelton Simmons, 2017

 

LF - Rickey Henderson, 1990

 

CF - Andruw Jones, 2000

 

RF - Kirby Puckett, 1988

 

DH - Juan Gonzalez, 1993

 

Bench - Tony Phillips, 1992

 

Bench - Eddie Perez, 1996

 

Bench - Julio Franco, 2004

 

Bench - Bip Roberts, 1990

 

SP - Greg Maddux, 1995

 

SP - Randy Johnson, 1999

 

SP - Johan Santana, 2004

 

SP - Dave Stewart, 1990

 

SP - Nolan Ryan, 1989

 

Closer - Joe Nathan, 2006

 

RP - Kerry Ligtenberg, 1998

 

RP - Mike Fetters, 2000

 

RP - Dan Quisenberry, 1984

 

RP - Craig Kimbrell, 2012

 

RP - Billy Wagner, 2010

 

RP - Aroldis Chapman, 2012

 

RP - Juan Berenguer, 1991

 

Toughest cuts: Bob Horner, Mariano Rivera, Pedro Martinez, Jim Abbott

How can you cut Mo Rivera?


#25 IndianaTwin

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Posted 23 March 2020 - 05:43 PM

I changed the rules. Instead of a single 26-man roster, I chose a favorite Twin and a favorite non-Twin. 

 

C: Butch Wynegar -- Thurman Munson

1B: Kent Hrbek -- Albert Pujols

2B: Rod Carew -- Davey Lopes

SS: Jerry Terrell -- Robin Yount

3B: Gary Gaetti-- Mike Schmidt

LF: Larry Hisle -- Lou Brock

CF: Kirby Puckett -- Amos Otis

RF: Tom Brunansky -- Bake McBride

DH: Tony Oliva -- Paul Molitor

RHSP: Bert Blyleven -- Bob Gibson 

LHSP: Frank Viola -- Steve Carlton

Setup: Juan Berenguer -- David Robertson

RP: Joe Nathan -- Mariano Rivera

 

Oliva and Hrbek get the overall nod as favorite Twins.

 

As a kid, my favorite non-Twin was Brock. As an adult, it's got to be Rivera. Thousands of people yelling and screaming. No need to bang on a trashcan, because everyone knows it's going to be a cut fastball. Then he throws it, the bat gets sawed off, and he walks off like it was just another day at the office. 

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#26 biggentleben

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Posted 24 March 2020 - 12:45 PM

 

How can you cut Mo Rivera?

 

He threw one pitch. I didn't have enjoyment of watching him pitch the way I did guys like Wagner, Nathan, etc. He's still very, very good, but that's not what this list is about - it's about who your favorites were, not who the best were.

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#27 IndianaTwin

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 10:58 AM

 

 

 

As a kid, my favorite non-Twin was Brock. As an adult, it's got to be Rivera. Thousands of people yelling and screaming. No need to bang on a trashcan, because everyone knows it's going to be a cut fastball. Then he throws it, the bat gets sawed off, and he walks off like it was just another day at the office. 

 

 

He threw one pitch. I didn't have enjoyment of watching him pitch the way I did guys like Wagner, Nathan, etc. He's still very, very good, but that's not what this list is about - it's about who your favorites were, not who the best were.

 

That's why this site is great. On back-to-back posts, we get why I like him and you don't, and it's for exactly the same reasons!

 

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 04:45 PM

 

That's why this site is great. On back-to-back posts, we get why I like him and you don't, and it's for exactly the same reasons!

I still marveled at his ability but watching Nathan mix it up or especially seeing the contrast of Aroldis and Kimbrell on their fastballs to their breaking stuff was more fun for me to watch. He was a tough cut, but Fetters/Ligtenberg/Berenguer were guys that were "fun favorites" for me.

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