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#21 Winston Smith

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 02:37 PM

"I assume that means that he is more adept at instructing mimes and chameleons."

Really a lost art and may explain his lofty salary.

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 02:38 PM

Reports are: "Joe is a quiet leader".

The first part is incredibly accurate. Doesn't that buy some slack on the credibility of the second part?

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 02:44 PM

Are we thinking that Joe Mauer isn't willing to share info? It's not like Mauer is traded or dead. He'll still be on the team -- and I'd expect that he'd be willing to share his vast store of knowledge with younger catchers particularly since the choice to move to 1B was ultimately his own.

I always liked AJ -- even when he was with the Whitey's -- mostly cuz he was the antithesis of boring.

That, and Steinbach is coming back, right? Joe has caught most of the likely 2014 opening day pitchers, and I'm guessing Terry learned a thing or two in 1300+ games behind the plate

As for the second part, entertainment value was also the reason to love The Great and Profaneful Oz during his tenure with the WS. But not too keen on bringing him in either.

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 03:32 PM

the forthcoming Fryer Apocalypse.


We're on the same page, then.

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 06:30 PM

I wouldn't blame Mauer if he didn't want to be the 'catching guru' when he's no longer a catcher. That's why bringing in a solid veteran to mentor Herman and Pinto and let Mauer focus on playing 1st Base.

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 09:41 PM

How come the picture you guys have/use of Pinto is of him with his mask turned the wrong way?

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 10:02 PM

How come the picture you guys have/use of Pinto is of him with his mask turned the wrong way?

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Yeah... That's a good question.

Do you have an answer for that Nick?

Here are 10... Go ahead and pick one.

10. The mask was put on by Sam Deduno and all his control issues.
9. There is a 3 year old child in front of him and its a game of peek-a-boo
8. The mask comes with an ice pack and he has a toothache.
7. Pinto has pledged to wear his mask this way in protest of the like button disappearing from Twins Daily.
6. Mask and headgear was broken because of rough handling by UPS.
5. He was a victim of Incognito hazing.
4. It's AshburyJohns Fault.
3. Fans down the third base line were throwing beer bottles.
2. Nick Nelson asked for the pose as part of his new modern photo Art exhibition titled "Over Under Sideways Down".
1. The index finger on his right hand is his primary for nose picking. He just needs a place to flick.

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 11:13 PM

Consider me among the group that wants nothing to do with AJ now or ever.

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 11:32 PM

Here are 10... Go ahead and pick one.

Number 4. Always number 4.

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 02:55 AM

I like the Twins going out to sign a veteran catcher on a 1-year deal. AJ Pierzynski makes sense to me because he also adds some attitude and outspoken veteran leadership that I beliee this team lacks. I keep seeing people talking about not spending money on a catcher and instead putting that money towards starting pitching. I don't think it works that way. Saving money by not signing a catcher to a 1-year deal will not equate to dollars spent signing quality starting pitching. TR can go out and get both, and I for one, hope he does.

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 07:15 AM

Number 4. Always number 4.


Concur.

Id also like to point out that "AsburyJohn's" initials are "AJ." Coincidence? You be the judge.

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 07:42 AM

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Yeah... That's a good question.

Do you have an answer for that Nick?

Here are 10... Go ahead and pick one.

10. The mask was put on by Sam Deduno and all his control issues.
9. There is a 3 year old child in front of him and its a game of peek-a-boo
8. The mask comes with an ice pack and he has a toothache.
7. Pinto has pledged to wear his mask this way in protest of the like button disappearing from Twins Daily.
6. Mask and headgear was broken because of rough handling by UPS.
5. He was a victim of Incognito hazing.
4. It's AshburyJohns Fault.
3. Fans down the third base line were throwing beer bottles.
2. Nick Nelson asked for the pose as part of his new modern photo Art exhibition titled "Over Under Sideways Down".
1. The index finger on his right hand is his primary for nose picking. He just needs a place to flick.


I want to replace #3... Throwing beer bottles was meh... I thought of something better.

3. Right Eye Wink... Is the indicator.

Its not as good as #4 but an improvement over the original #3.

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 12:29 PM

[quote name='Riverbrian']4. It's AshburyJohns Fault.[/QUOTE]

[quote name='70charger']Consider me among the group that wants nothing to do with AJ now or ever.[/QUOTE]

[quote name='Nick Nelson']Number 4. Always number 4.[/QUOTE]

[quote name='USAFChief']Concur.[/QUOTE]

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 01:41 PM

The people have spoken. I'd like to apologize for my role in the healthcare.gov website, while I am at it.

I KNEW it was you!

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 05:08 PM

The people have spoken. I'd like to apologize for my role in the healthcare.gov website, while I am at it.


I heard they just released version 2 of healthcare.gov on 14 floppy disks. So congratulations on your achievement.

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 07:25 PM

Just wondering, but is it a foregone conclusion that Ryan Doumit is outta here? It didn't seem like it was that long ago when he signed the extension. But signing a catcher doesn't really make sense with Doumit, Pinto, and Herrmann on the roster. I'd rather not see him here, because he'd probably take up the DH spot, which Willingham should play...

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 07:35 PM

AJ is a plus Crash Davis, face it! Piss & vinegar. Rose goes on the front.

Of course Mauer is going to be dipping in behind the dish as much as possible because he'll miss it, so input from him won't be an issue. AJ bats L, compliments Pinto, and can't stop talking. Question is culture.

The Molina conjecture is a good one- w/no bat and age an issue, he should stand to be a cheap signing for a short-term deal. No risk. Twins do not have the most diverse clubhouse in MLB, and all coaching spots seem to be filled by native, monolingual English-speakers. Yet scouting has traditionally been focused on the Caribbean!

Get him in the org on the cusp of retirement, then keep him on as a coach somehow/ somewhere. This is how you develop depth & maturity at a position.