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#21 Mave

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:54 PM

I can't envision what exactly would happen if this were to occur, but I'd love to see Joe Benson go hog wild at whatever level he is at, starting from day 1 of spring training.



Someone has faster fingers.... Glad to see I'm not the only one.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:09 AM

Sam Deduno reveals his 90 mph total chaos knuckle ball, wins the Cy Young with 24-0 record, 0.25 ERA.

And of course, 175 walks.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:41 AM

Sam Deduno reveals his 90 mph total chaos knuckle ball, wins the Cy Young with 24-0 record, 0.25 ERA.

And of course, 175 walks.


That would make for a good season for me, no matter what else happened!

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:47 AM

I vote Hendriks. I think Dozier and Parmy will be better, but Hendriks makes the biggest turnaround. Remember, he is 2 years younger than Gibson still.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:27 AM

If Dinkelman can make the team Randi would be my choice.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:52 AM

I like alot of these picks, and most are more likely than mine, but if I were to pick one guy who comes out of nowhere to make a big splash, I'll go with Oswaldo Arcia.

And if there is a second shooter on the grassy knoll, I'll say Delbinson Romero.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:13 AM

I'll go with Aaron Hicks. His season will be so good he'll win ROTY.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:26 AM

I'm pretty optimistic about the offense this year. I think Plouffe and Parmelee keep trending up, Morneau has a monster year and Hicks makes a legit impact. Would love to see Dozier take major strides but have a harder time seeing that.


I fall in this camp as well. I don't know if Plouffe will trend up but I think he can hold his 2012 OPS steady, get 600 PAs, and improve defensively. I'll take .760-780 OPS from the third baseman all day. Parmelee is a bit more of a question mark but at the minimum, I think he can be serviceable.

Dozier, I have no idea. Overall, I think the offense will be acceptable with a small chance to be pretty good (maybe #5-7 in the AL if most things fall the Twins' way).

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:37 AM

I am on the Benson bandwagon. I am hopefully he puts it together and has a good solid year. Would love to see an outfield, at the end of the season, of Benson if LF, Hicks in CF and Arcia in RF. Willingham and Morneau traded for solid prospects and Parmalee at 1B.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:54 AM

I am on the Benson bandwagon. I am hopefully he puts it together and has a good solid year. Would love to see an outfield, at the end of the season, of Benson if LF, Hicks in CF and Arcia in RF. Willingham and Morneau traded for solid prospects and Parmalee at 1B.


I'm sure the Twins wouldn't mind that either. They could then sign a guy like Jason Hammel, Josh Johnson, Tim Lincecum, Adam Wainwright (assuming they are FA next offseason) to anchor the rotation. I don't see many guys I like to help the MI. I wouldn't mind Kelly Johnson but the Twins have shown no interest in him (or any other MI option that can OPS over .650). Hopefully Santana will be knocking on the door for SS by this time next season.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:54 AM

I figure Tigers and White Sox don't have a chance if half of these predictions come through. Weird as it sounds, it is easy to envision all of these players - Hicks, Arcia, Benson, Parmalee, Plouffe, Dozier - having strong seasons. But my whopper pick for 2013 is Morneau. He's going to prove to everyone that he's still got it.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:03 AM

I figure Tigers and White Sox don't have a chance if half of these predictions come through. Weird as it sounds, it is easy to envision all of these players - Hicks, Arcia, Benson, Parmalee, Plouffe, Dozier - having strong seasons. But my whopper pick for 2013 is Morneau. He's going to prove to everyone that he's still got it.

Problem is the Tigers still have Cabrera, Fielder, Jackson and added Hunter. They also have the best pitcher in the game right now to go along with one of the best rotations/pitching staffs in the AL. No, the Twins wont be competing with the Tigers this year no matter how good those guys do unless DET has some major injuries.

*I forgot the return of V-Mart too... knew I was forgetting something
**I think its possible for them to hit 100 wins this season (see MLB forum)

Edited by Badsmerf, 14 February 2013 - 09:17 AM.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:50 AM

I predict the following players make thier ML debut this year with the Twins...

Aaron Hicks, Kyle Gibson, Oswaldo Arcia, Josmil Pinto, Bruce Pugh and Michael Tonkin,

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:56 AM

Remember, he is 2 years younger than Gibson still.


It's possible he always will be.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:02 PM

It's possible he always will be.


Prove it.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:04 PM

Would love to see an outfield, at the end of the season, of Benson if LF, Hicks in CF and Arcia in RF. Willingham and Morneau traded for solid prospects and Parmalee at 1B.


Came here to edit my previous reply in this thread to say that I had forgotten all about Joe B, and a .750 OPS from him looks achievable, and would be awesome if they decide not to start the clock on Hicks as it has the ripple effect of letting Mastroianni shine as a 4th OF instead of being mediocre at best as a starting CF. Found that everyone else was already on board regarding Benson. Good.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:08 PM

Prove it.


Although the jury is still out, my (real-life) brother remains two years behind me still, despite his heart attack years ago. But you're right, short of resorting to way-out ideas like Peano's Axioms I don't think an air-tight proof is possible. I withdraw the claim, my brother.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:12 PM

I've been on the Joe Benson bandwagon for years. No reason to jump off now. Benson is the Twins breakthrough player of 2013.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:30 PM

Although the jury is still out, my (real-life) brother remains two years behind me still, despite his heart attack years ago. But you're right, short of resorting to way-out ideas like Peano's Axioms I don't think an air-tight proof is possible. I withdraw the claim, my brother.

To give you credit, you did say possible, which I agree with. Depending on how much you've dabbled in time and relativity, one's age is tied to their experience. Without proposing travel at/near the speed of light, we could propose Gibson travels very fast for a significant portion of his last causing his space/time to slow down far enough that Hendriks becomes older than him in our perception of space/time. Another possibility is that Gibson undergoes cryonic preservation at some point (maybe between seasons) and his body stops aging long enough that Hendriks passes him. The question still would remain though, does age represent the duration that one's body is alive in reference to what we call time or does it relate strictly to when a person was born in our perception of space/time? Interesting thing time is...
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 02:20 PM

we could propose Gibson travels very fast for a significant portion


If done on gameday this could add a few MPH to his fastball, as a bonus.