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#1 spideyo

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:32 PM

is that we finally have a hitter who will hit homers into the Home Run Porch

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:41 PM

Good point. I think they were set to officially just rename it "the porch," until Mr. Hammer came town.
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:47 PM

Good point. I think they were set to officially just rename it "the porch," until Mr. Hammer came town.

I love how quickly everyone adopted the Hammer nickname. Go Willinghammer!!!!!

You can come up with statistics to prove anything. Forty percent of all people know that.


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Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:05 PM

Now, if only Doumit would hit well enough to justify a "Dr. Doom" nickname

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:37 PM

HR Porch still applies during BP though! I never officially saw where his HR last night landed. It looked like it went onto the concourse of the third deck, totally bypassing HR Porch.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:42 PM

I never officially saw where his HR last night landed. It looked like it went onto the concourse of the third deck, totally bypassing HR Porch.


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Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:51 PM

Willingham has been fun so far, when was the last time we had a right handed "slugger", he gives us some good hope early in the year. Hell 4 HR in 6 games and 3 of them have been just killed, Good Luck Willingham on a big year, it will be interesting having pitchers pitch Mauer, Morneau, Willingham if they can stay healthy.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:08 PM

A 40 HR, 120 RBI season from Willingham would make up for a lot of pathetic moves like Santana, and Garza for zip.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:09 PM

Its great having a power hitter that can lay off outside pitches and make the pitcher throw into his big swing. (yes that's a cuddyer jab)

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:16 PM

Love how he's been crushing the ball, stays behind it so well and just snaps those wrists. Haven't seen a swing like that in these parts for awhile...SWEET!!

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:24 PM

Love how he's been crushing the ball, stays behind it so well and just snaps those wrists. Haven't seen a swing like that in these parts for awhile...SWEET!!


Like Thome???

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:26 PM

I think that the best thing about Willingham is that he made Twins' fans forget about Cuddyer. (And he is better than Cuddyer)
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:51 PM

Like Thome???


Ok, forgot about big Jim, but I think Willingham will hit more than him this year alone.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:00 PM

I like how he just sits right on top of the plate. He can take a walk, take a HBP or crush it if you leave it out over the plate. I don't mind the 5 strikeouts and his fielding has been about what I expected from him. Better than Delmon and roughly on par with Cuddy.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:07 PM

3 Home games and he already has more career Target Field dingers than Mauer

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:28 PM

Just strange to see a Twin crushing it like that. So refreshing.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:30 PM

(And he is better than Cuddyer)


Jury is still out on that.

From past preformance they look pretty equal at the plate.
Cuddyer gets a slight edge for being slightly more healthy.
Cuddyer also is a least a little better defensively then Willingham.

Also, Cuddyer is having a pretty nice start to his season as well with a .400/.429/.800 line.


If Willingham ends up being a wash (or even slightly below) to Cuddyer this year it is an absolutely huge win for the Twins though, seeing how the Twins get 2 additional picks out of the deal and are paying Willingham 2.5 million less a year then Cuddyer.

Also to curb expectations to the guy who said he will be happy with 40 HR and 120 RBI (RBI is a dumb stat but whatever)
Willingham has never hit 30 HR or had 100 RBI in a season. I personally would be escatic if he finishes with 30 HR and a .870 OPS or so, which would be a career year for him. If he can give us 25-29 HR and a .830-.850 OPS I will still be very happy.

Edited by VodkaDave, 12 April 2012 - 09:33 PM.


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Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:00 PM

Willingham has 7 less HR than Cuddyer in 1300 less at bats, that's an average of 7 more HR's a year than Cuddy. He's also a career .361-.478-.839 compared to Cuddy's .343-453-.796. He's every bit as good and cheaper. I was/am a big Cuddyer fan but I'm loving what I see from Willingham so far.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:37 PM

Willingham has 7 less HR than Cuddyer in 1300 less at bats, that's an average of 7 more HR's a year than Cuddy. He's also a career .361-.478-.839 compared to Cuddy's .343-453-.796.

He's every bit as good and cheaper. I was/am a big Cuddyer fan but I'm loving what I see from Willingham so far.


So far he is looking great but can he do magic tricks? That is something Bill James can't quantify.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 12:00 AM

Willingham is better than Cuddyer, yes. And he CERTAINLY is going to be better than Cuddyer at Target Field. I do still wish the Twins had re-signed Thome to this day (taking Burroughs spot, and hell, he suddenly was willing to play first base . . . ). Imagine a Willingham-Thome duo. I guess if Justin is healthy it won't matter as much.