Jump to content
Twins Daily
  • Create Account

dbminn

Verified Member
  • Posts

    1,027
  • Joined

  • Last visited

Reputation Activity

  1. Like
    dbminn reacted to mnfireman in Name your favorite lesser-known Twins players   
    How about Jim Eisenreich, local (St. Cloud) kid who overcame a lot to play pro ball.
    Found this on Wikipedia: 
    Eisenreich has Tourette syndrome (TS),[4] which caused him to go on to the voluntary retirement list between 1984 and 1987 while undergoing treatment. Eisenreich was replaced on the Twins roster by Kirby Puckett. In 1990, he was the first recipient of the Tony Conigliaro Award, which is given annually to a Major League Baseball player who has overcome a significant obstacle in life.[5]
    Eisenreich was inducted into the Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of the Eternals in 2009.[6]
    Eisenreich resides in the Kansas City area and runs the Jim Eisenreich Foundation for Children with Tourette's Syndrome whose goal is to help children with TS to achieve personal success.[4]
  2. Like
    dbminn reacted to Pius Jefferson in Name your favorite lesser-known Twins players   
    Really thought it was neat when Allan Anderson won the ERA title in 1988.
  3. Like
    dbminn reacted to h2oface in Name your favorite lesser-known Twins players   
    Cesar Tovar. All 5'9" 155lbs. Roamed center field '66-'72. Just saying his name is fun. 1970 was perhaps his best year. If you don't know who his is, check him out!
  4. Like
    dbminn reacted to East Coast Twin in Name your favorite lesser-known Twins players   
    Jim Holt.
     
  5. Like
    dbminn reacted to bighat in Name your favorite lesser-known Twins players   
    How about a tip of the cap to Matt Lawton? He was a bright spot on some pretty bad Twins teams for a couple years.
  6. Like
    dbminn reacted to roger in Minor League Report (6/25): Cabbage Crushes, Miranda Continues Success   
    Thanks for the report, David.
    Turned on the Wichita game just after they put up their first four runs to tie the game.  Down 4-0, they flat out bushwhacked Midland with a pair of four run innings.  Watched Mason pitch the next couple innings, like what I saw.  One play that sure as heck impressed the Midland announcer, who I really enjoyed listening to, was Whitefield steal of third base.  I know he is behind having played only softball while a kid in Australia, but this young man is so fast and does a lot really well.
    Also checked in on the Kernels, hoping to see Javier bat.  Didn't see him come to the plate, but noticed from the box score that after a couple weeks where his bat was the best of his career he has really cooled off.  The Twins really need this young man to get back on track and be the player they thought he could be when signing him.  Wasn't aware that Gross played at both Princeton and Duke...gotta be a sharp young man to even be considered for acceptance to those schools.
    Great seeing Urbina with a night where he was just the home run short of a cycle.  We need to remember that this young man last played baseball two years ago in the DSL.  He seems like such a great prospect, hopefully his bat will continue getting better as the summer moves on. 
    Also, when you click on the Wichita box score, it takes you to Wednesday's game, not last night. 
  7. Like
    dbminn reacted to Mike Sixel in Berríos or Buxton: Who is Worth a $100 Million Deal?   
    Berrios is 100% worth 5/100, and if he'd sign for that, I'd bet he'd be signed this summer.......I'm thinking he's looking for 6/140+.
    Buxton, of course, is much trickier. He's just not been on the field in any season for close to the full season. Not once. On the other side of the coin, he's a great player at this point. Some wealthy team can take the chance he's hurt again....I'm not sure the Twins can. Also, it is much easier to find CFers than SPs......Frankly, I have no idea what I'd do with him at this point. I don't think he even considers 5/100 at this point. He's looking for at least $25MM per year, I'd guess. IF they can get 2 prospects they really believe in for him, I'd consider dealing him (SP, SS, CF types only....no more bat first corner players, please).
  8. Like
    dbminn reacted to roger in Minor League Report (6/23): Winder Wows, Rooker Rakes, Bechtold Blasts   
    Great night in the organization with Wichita and Fort Myers well into fantastic seasons.
    Watched most of the Wind Surge game last night as I wanted to see Winder pitch.  Lead off hitter got a single and was immediately thrown out stealing second.  The next 18 hitters walked up to the plate and back to the dugout, 7 sitting down after striking out.  Didn't get another runner on base until one out in the seventh inning, when it appeared he was tiring a bit and they got their run.  Winder was in total control, seemingly ahead of nearly every hitter with two, maybe three three ball counts all night.  
    He was consistently hitting 95-96mph with his fastball, getting lots of swing and misses with his slider that the play-by-play guy saying was around 89mph.  Speaking of the Midland announcer, loved some of the trivia he brought into the game.  He also was gushing over Winder, whom he constantly referred to as the best pitcher in the AA-Central division.  Spent a lot of time talking about the progress he made last year while not pitching and what being from the Virginia Military Institute likely means to his character.  Sure looks like this kid has a huge future in a Twins rotation...hopefully beginning sometime next year.  
    Although there didn't seem to be more than maybe 500 people at the game, liked seeing the Midland stadium.  Had a feel more like Cedar Rapids than what I would expect for AA.  Also different seeing advertising for energy companies on the outfield fences and around the ballpark.
    The announcer was also raving about Miranda, who didn't do anything special with his bat after I believe a 4-hit night on Tuesday.  Found it interesting that he was at first base, where he did ok defensively.  Seems like the Twins are working to get him experience at several positions as they probably know he has a bat that belongs at Target Field sometime next year.
  9. Like
    dbminn reacted to wsnydes in On the Minnesota Twins Front Office, Faith and Being Fickle    
    Part of this conversation has to revolve around all of the injuries and bad luck this team had early on.  While I would have liked to see more adjustments, I honestly don't know that they would have made a difference.  Making a change just to make a change doesn't make sense either, so perhaps trying to ride it out was the proper course.  I don't know, I don't have an answer to that.  Neither did they unfortunately.  
    That said, some of this mess is also self inflicted.  The bullpen and back end of the rotation were a complete disaster.  Their signings may have made sense for a team that was a year or two away, but this team was expected to actually compete, and compete for more than the division.  A team serious about competing needs to be more serious about its pitching staff.  This is what I'm having the most difficulty with.
    There was a notion here before the season touting the organizational depth.  I laughed at it at the time, and unfortunately was proven correct.  There isn't a lot in the upper minors.  I like what they've done in the draft, generally speaking.  Though, I find the obsession with hitting corner outfield types interesting.  I can't decide if I'm bent out of shape about the lack of high picks spent on pitching, but I lean towards yes.
    There are lot of things that I do like about what they've done.  A change in philosophy at the top was needed, in my view.  I'm not really sold one way or another at this point though.  I want to see how they handle this setback.  That will go a long way towards my opinion of this front office.
  10. Like
    dbminn reacted to terrydactyls in Minor League Report (6/22): Mark and Miranda Mash   
    Julien's OBP of just over 50% is getting into slo-pitch softball territory.  Time to move him up.
  11. Like
    dbminn reacted to D.C Twins in Minor League Report (6/22): Mark and Miranda Mash   
    Free Miranda!
  12. Like
    dbminn reacted to D.C Twins in Minor League Report (6/22): Mark and Miranda Mash   
    Hey! What about me?!
    Yours Truly,
    Julian
  13. Like
    dbminn reacted to AceWrigley in Replacing the Twins Veterans After the Deadline   
    So is Gordon getting reps at SS out of the question these days?
  14. Like
    dbminn got a reaction from operation mindcrime in Baseball America 20 Hottest Prospects of the Past Week   
    How about a little good news... Baseball America lists both Josh Winder and Louie Varland(!) as part of their weekly "20 notable hot prospects". 
    On Winder:
    "With a solid four-pitch mix topped by a fastball that reaches the upper 90s, Winder is progressively asserting himself as one of the Twins most promising starting pitching prospects."
    On Varland:
    "While admittedly old for the level and playing in a pitcher-friendly league, Varland has nonetheless impressed in Fort Myers’ rotation this year."
    Wander Javier has been as hot as any player on this week's list but I think he's fallen off the national radar (.296/.321/.741 during the past week).
  15. Like
    dbminn got a reaction from wabene in It’s Time to Pay Jose Berrios   
    Ted wants a retool, not a complete roster teardown. The White Sox traded their veterans for prospects in 2016 and 2017.  It took 4 to 5 years for them to develop. For the Twins, that means they would be ready to compete when Larnach, Jeffers and Kirilloff are about to become free agents.
  16. Like
    dbminn got a reaction from Twins33 in 4 Possible Teams Interested in a Byron Buxton Trade   
    Pretty much hit the teams that could use Buxton. I'd add Philadelphia and SF. The problem is, most of the teams don't have prospects worth getting back. The Red Sox are the only team that could dangle interesting prospects. If they want to trade Duran or Downs, I'd be tempted.
    IMO, Berrios is the "must sign". I'd trade Buxton, but a high-upside prospect, either a SP, SS or CF, has to come back in return. There's no hurry to trade him if the return isn't decent. There will be plenty of time to field offers in the offseason if they can't extend him. 
  17. Like
    dbminn got a reaction from Hosken Bombo Disco in It’s Time to Pay Jose Berrios   
    Comparing the White Sox history to the Twins situation makes no sense:
    The White Sox traded Chris Sale before the 2017 season, when he was probably the most dominant SP in the American League. The White Sox received three players. Two of them were monster prospects. Moncada was ranked #1 and Kopech was ranked #16 by FanGraphs heading into 2017. 
    The Sox also traded Adam Eaton to Washington that same offseason. He had just had a career year capping off three very good consecutive seasons. The Nats overpaid. Giolito was ranked #19 and Reynaldo Lopez was ranked #28 by FanGraphs . 
    That's four players ranked as top 30 prospects from two offseason trades. That will "jump start" - the original comment that caused me to respond - a team. Do you think Berrios will bring back either of those hauls? A TD writer just wrote that he didn't think Berrios would be worth a top 100 player in return (I'm more optimistic).
    Yes, Berrios could get hurt. But until now, he's been very durable. The prospects the Twins might get for him could wash out or get hurt too. That's baseball. 
    If Berrios wants to wait for free agency, they should probably trade him. But don't expect the return to bring the results that came to Chicago from their trades. 
     
     
  18. Like
    dbminn got a reaction from Hosken Bombo Disco in It’s Time to Pay Jose Berrios   
    Ted wants a retool, not a complete roster teardown. The White Sox traded their veterans for prospects in 2016 and 2017.  It took 4 to 5 years for them to develop. For the Twins, that means they would be ready to compete when Larnach, Jeffers and Kirilloff are about to become free agents.
  19. Like
    dbminn reacted to Brock Beauchamp in It’s Time to Pay Jose Berrios   
    It's an interesting battle for me... do you pay a guy long-term who works so hard and stays on the field, or are you still worried about his lack of size and how that will impact him as he ages?
    I tend to lean toward the former but the latter still lingers in the back of my mind.
  20. Haha
    dbminn got a reaction from Brock Beauchamp in It’s Time to Pay Jose Berrios   
    😳 oops...
  21. Like
    dbminn reacted to Brock Beauchamp in It’s Time to Pay Jose Berrios   
    The White Sox were also in contention last season. 
  22. Like
    dbminn got a reaction from Vanimal46 in It’s Time to Pay Jose Berrios   
    This is the first year that the White Sox are in contention. It took 4-5 years.
  23. Like
    dbminn got a reaction from Ted Schwerzler in It’s Time to Pay Jose Berrios   
    Ted wants a retool, not a complete roster teardown. The White Sox traded their veterans for prospects in 2016 and 2017.  It took 4 to 5 years for them to develop. For the Twins, that means they would be ready to compete when Larnach, Jeffers and Kirilloff are about to become free agents.
  24. Like
    dbminn got a reaction from chpettit19 in It’s Time to Pay Jose Berrios   
    Ted wants a retool, not a complete roster teardown. The White Sox traded their veterans for prospects in 2016 and 2017.  It took 4 to 5 years for them to develop. For the Twins, that means they would be ready to compete when Larnach, Jeffers and Kirilloff are about to become free agents.
  25. Like
    dbminn got a reaction from VivaBomboRivera! in It’s Time to Pay Jose Berrios   
    Ted wants a retool, not a complete roster teardown. The White Sox traded their veterans for prospects in 2016 and 2017.  It took 4 to 5 years for them to develop. For the Twins, that means they would be ready to compete when Larnach, Jeffers and Kirilloff are about to become free agents.
×
×
  • Create New...