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  1. There was a brief moment in time when my favorite Twins player currently on the team was Bobby Randall. Those were dark, dark times. All-time, Kirby, Carew, Hrbek, with Buxton closing fast. I remember standing screaming in my apartment in California after Herbie took Ken Dayley deep in '87, What an incredible moment. Definitely topped by "And we'll see you tomorrow night!" four years later. I too did the Carew batting stance. Didn't work as well for me, but I felt pretty cool.
  2. There's a new standard: if Harold Baines made the Hall, X should go in. OK, that's not my standard, but whaddya gonna do? It's a thought experiment. X definitely includes Nathan and Hunter. Not AJ, and not Morneau. I'm only sorry about one of those last two. If you take Morneau's talent and put it in AJ's games played you'd have a surefire HOFer.
  3. Hamster necks are not conducive to a good bobblehead, though. The BUDDY headband doesn't work either.
  4. Good article, but I believe you missed Buddy the Elf. Agreed, 75 games without a loss, half of them with a team who seldom won, has to be worthy of some kind of career memento. Imagine a whole stadium full of fans wearing headbands that said "BUDDY". Wouldn't that be heart-warming?
  5. Moving to pitchers- Mike Marshall, age 36 in 1979. Led the leage in games, games finished, and saves. 142.2 IP in 90 games. ERA+ of 166. Jerry Koosman, age 36 in 1979, 20-13, 263.2 IP, ERA+ of 130.
  6. I'd like to know the predictions made by the owners, the player's union, and the American Medical Association so I can take the average. I sure hope he gets to play 131 games, that would be a really good summer. However it works out, Buck deserves to be on the field.
  7. My comment is a bit off track, but the A's had this problem when they weren't trading off stars, too. I lived in the Bay Area for most of the 80s, when they were a team of stars, and traded for/signed very good players. No one went to the games then, either. I went to Opening Day in 1988- they had a great team with huge hype. Walked up, bought tickets sat in the bleachers that were one-third full. There were always good tickets available for A's games. It wasn't a terrible stadium, either, though of course my baseline was the Metrodome.
  8. I don't know who on earth would have predicted that Wade would hit 18 homers. I don't blame them for trading him, especially given that he was left-handed. I do wish they would have gotten a player that had some actual value, though. That's the real mistake to me.
  9. Yeah, of course the Mets would do that trade again. They basically gave up Gomez about four years before he was any good and nothing else. Phenomenal trade. It does point out the risk of a free agent contract, though. One good year and a few memories for $130+ million, signing a guy with no history of injuries. Yikes. Glad it's not my money.
  10. Yeah, Doug Corbett was a good player for the Twins, sorry to lose him, but very happy with the return on that trade. Big Shane Mack fan, too. Jim Holt...not so much. Making matters worse, one year it seemed like every pack of baseball cards I bought had a Jim Holt in it.
  11. Thanks, this was an interesting look back. Gonsalves- totally agree, I had high hopes for him and busted. Baddoo- was surprised they left him available, was surprised he was taken, was really surprised with the results. I'm predicting a big sophomore slump. Wade- didn't mind trading him, but I wish it had been for someone who might actually be a major league pitcher someday. Littell- also agree, I always liked him and was surprised they let him go.
  12. He wasn't really a short-timer (300 ABs over parts of 3 years), but like Rick Dempsey, his time with the team was far too short. He was one of four players (including Dean Chance) traded to the Indians for a half-season of Luis Tiant and a season and a half of Stan Williams: Graig Nettles 6 All-Stars, 2 Gold Gloves, 390 HRs, 67.9 WAR, 2nd all-time in assists from 3B
  13. One of my earlier memories is going to Met Stadium with my Dad and sitting in the grandstand behind home plate. We almost never went to games, so I have a very clear memory of this one. It was all so exotic. Dad seldom listened to games, but when I was a kid I had a portable radio so I would sit in the backyard and listen to the day games. It might have been Herb Carneal that made me fall in love. What a guy, what a voice. Hello again everyone, and a pleasant good afternoon to you!
  14. In addition we drafted some players we thought were cinnamon rolls who never rose (get it?) to that level (Kohl Stewart, Stephen Gonsalves, Tyler Jay, Alex Wimmers, Ryan Eades, Luke Bard, Mason Melotakis, Hudson Boyd all first or second-round picks other than Gonsalves who could be part of the team now but aren't). Berrios in 2012 and Gibson in 2009 are the last two high draft picks with some pitching success for the team. Let's hope Chase Petty breaks the streak.
  15. Crap, I was really hoping for him. Or at least someone like him.
  16. I think this is pre-lockout "we gotta get a body" panic. I'm pretty disappointed we didn't sign anyone else, but we need to sign more pitchers and they weren't all going to be great. Or maybe very good. If the stoppage goes until Feb 15 this might look like a good play. Worst-case scenario is we cut him and that's the way it goes. At least he's going to pitch this year, unlike the initial Pineda signing (which didn't work out that badly). We'd like the big splashes to come before the marginal deals, certainly, but as long as this is one of the marginal deals I don't have a problem with it. If this is the best pitcher we sign, or the second-best pitcher we sign, it could be a really long season, kind of like "Spahn and Sain, then pray for rain." Ober and Ryan, then watch the team dyin' Ryan and Ober, then quit being sober See, there's a lot we could do with that.
  17. Looks like a Kimbrel trade is coming. He was horrible as a set-up guy. How much longer does the magic pixie dust on Liam Hendricks last?
  18. Steven Matz to the Cardinals, 4 yrs/ $44 million.
  19. Couldn't they just have made a waiver claim to get him back? This is a signal about his expected value, unfortunately. I think if anyone is picked and stays for the year it will be Palacios.
  20. I miss Jose. I hope we sign someone who eases the pain. If we do, great trade in my opinion. And the Buxton situation reminds me of the Mauer and Puckett and Santana contract issues. It's a Twins fan hostage crisis. Sign the man and let me get on with worrying about comets hitting my house, please.
  21. I thought this was an interesting claim, so I tried to find any publication that suggested he was a contender at the end of the year, didn't find anything that mentioned his name. The MLB.com articles had 7 or 8 AL possibilities, none named Baddoo. Did you have a particular source in mind? Not counting the TwinsDaily posts that had him as frontrunner for MVP there for a while when he was tearing the Twins to shreds.
  22. Good point. Do we think Berrios is going to be worth $30 million over each of the next few years? I'll bet the under, but could easily be wrong.
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