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#1 John Bonnes

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 02:41 PM

Brian Murphy of the Pi Press checks in on Rich Harden. it has a variation on the usual "best shape of my life" spring training story:

"It's the best I felt in six years," Harden declared Wednesday, Feb. 13, following his first bullpen session. "I'm really excited to have an opportunity to pitch for this team. Ball's coming out good. It's just kind of putting it all together with some consistency."


Lord, help me, but I'm going to get sucked in by this. I'm going to believe. I can feel the stomach punch already.

Minnesota Twins' Rich Harden hopes for more time on mound, less on DL - TwinCities.com

#2 CRArko

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 02:57 PM

This would make an absolutely amazing story if he can come back like his early self. I guess he's already passed the Zumaya test.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:21 PM

Thanks for all these updates today John, they are appreciated. If Harden could be back by mid-late April to +90% of what he was, he could be the Twins #1 guy and round out a nice starting rotation. Still a big if, but what a great first report.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:34 PM

Twins fan walking through the desert. Almost ready to expire when he looks up and sees a mirage. Water - no Ice cold Grain Belt - No - It's the 2008 version of Rich Harden

Right after his last surgery the doctor who performed the operation said that what he fixed was the likely cause of his other shoulder problems. Lets hope he is right.

#5 mike wants wins

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:04 PM

Is this tracked on hardballlltalk as a best shape of my life? They actually tracked those last year and then looked at performance......

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:06 PM

The classic low risk/ high reward signing! It would be awe fully good to see this one pay off. This one, of all the recent such signings, really has the potential to be a difference maker. If only!

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:19 PM

Holy crap, optimism.
Mastermind of the "Free Bert" sign.

#8 PseudoSABR

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:35 PM

I wish the Twins would sign a guy like this.

#9 Rick Blaine

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:41 PM

[quote name='John Bonnes'] Lord, help me, but I'm going to get sucked in by this. I'm going to believe. I can feel the stomach punch already.

This is funny;)

#10 Chip Chipperson

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:41 PM

Tsk tsk. . .This feels like all the times my dad said he'd quit hitting my mom.....or something.

#11 ashburyjohn

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:53 PM

Minnesota Twins' Rich Harden hopes for more time on mound, less on DL - TwinCities.com


Some headlines, or even entire articles, just about write themselves this time of year, don't they.

It isn't until late May when the team is in a 11-37 slump after starting so promisingly at 1-1 that the headlines start to read "So and So hopes for more time on DL, less on mound".

#12 70charger

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:04 PM

It's a cliche, but I want to believe.

#13 Badsmerf

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:28 PM

I wish the Twins would sign a guy like this.


Those guys don't want to come to teams like the Twins.
Do or do not. There is no try.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:30 PM

Just this once......pleasePosted Image

#15 TheLeviathan

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:44 PM

Call me when it's when it's early April and this is still true. "Player X feels stronger and healthier than ever!" is stock material for journalists. I'm glad he's on the mound and throwing though.

#16 glunn

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 02:21 AM

As an added bonus, if Harden is good, then he might become very valuable as the trade deadline approaches.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 03:48 AM

As an added bonus, if Harden is good, then he might become very valuable as the trade deadline approaches.

If Harden is both good and healthy by the deadline, it may be tough getting a deal done, what with the four hoursemen running roughshod over the world and all.

#18 Top Gun

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:19 AM

Sign him up long-term now!

#19 mike wants wins

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:48 AM

If Harden is both good and healthy by the deadline, it may be tough getting a deal done, what with the four hoursemen running roughshod over the world and all.


awesome
Lighten up Francis....

#20 williepbananas

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:24 AM

Did anyone else notice that the article says Harden pitched for Toronto in 2008? Pretty sure that didn't happen (Somebody misread "TOT" on Baseball Reference?)

#21 Shane Wahl

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:45 AM

To hell with it all. Here's to hoping for a Gibson-Harden 1-2 punch for the last half of the season.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:51 AM

Did anyone else notice that the article says Harden pitched for Toronto in 2008? Pretty sure that didn't happen (Somebody misread "TOT" on Baseball Reference?)


That's funny. It is done by the Pioneer Press...

#23 East Coast Twin

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 05:51 AM

Lord, help me, but I'm going to get sucked in by this. I'm going to believe. I can feel the stomach punch already.


"Buyer beware" John. Here's a quote yesterday from Gardenhire:

''We got a long way to go,'' manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''We're going to get him to where he can do everything. Right now, he needs a few days. He's feeling great and we want to keep it that way. A real slow process here with him.''


http://msn.foxsports...-surgery-021913

Edited by East Coast Twin, 20 February 2013 - 06:01 AM.


#24 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 07:30 AM

Put me in, coach! I feel great!

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#25 johnnydakota

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 07:34 AM

thanks for a morning chuckle Brock

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:57 AM

Put me in, coach! I feel great!


This comes to mind...
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#27 ThePuck

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:33 AM

If Harden is both good and healthy by the deadline, it may be tough getting a deal done, what with the four hoursemen running roughshod over the world and all.


That's fantastic!

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:49 AM

This comes to mind...
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Makes one wonder if the Black Knight was employed by the Twins medical staff at one time.

Dr.Black Knight : 'Tis but a scratch.

Twins Pitcher : My arm's off.

Dr.Black Knight : No it isn't.
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#29 Oldgoat_MN

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:12 AM

Maybe more fun than any other article this year.
Note:
John Bonnes - stomach punch
FrodaddyG - four horsemen
williepbananas - pointing out that someone misread TOT (total) for Toronto
edavis0308 - Black Knight
etc.

I love this place.

#30 J-Dog Dungan

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:38 AM

To hell with it all. Here's to hoping for a Gibson-Harden 1-2 punch for the last half of the season.

How about a Gibson-Harden-Worley for 1-2-3 punch?