Archive for the ‘Minnesota Twins’ Category

Last week, there was much laughter and mirth at the expense of the Minnesota Twins as a bout of April snow threatened to postpone some games in Minnesota and Colorado. The Mets/Rockies series was impacted significantly by the weather, as the were forced to play a doubleheader after one game was snowed out. Even that doubleheader required a bridge of shovels and snow removers to bring the playing surface and seating areas up to snuff.

And here we are again, closer to May than March, battling snowy conditions once again. Tonight’s Marlins/Twins game got the axe due to snow and it appears the Rockies/Braves battle in the mountains might be threatened as well.

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This is what Target Field looked like yesterday. All jokes aside, this is unseasonably crappy conditions for Minnesota in April. It was a risk the Twins ran when they opted for an open-air stadium in the farthest north in baseball. Snow is unlikely but not impossible, as the Twins learned this week.

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Minnesota Twins v Toronto Blue Jays

2012 Record: 66-96, 5th AL Central
2012 Pythagorean Record: 68-94
Impact Player: C/1B Joe Mauer
Impact Pitcher: RHP Vance Worley
Top Prospect: 3B Miguel Sano

Significant Acquisitions: RHP Vance Worley, RHP Josh Roenicke, RHP Kevin Correia

Significant Departures: CF Denard Span, OF Ben Revere, RHP Carl Pavano, 2B Alexi Casilla, RHP Jeff Gray

For the first time in 12 years, the Twins have weathered two consecutive 90-loss seasons. The previous time it happened in 1999 and 2000, the Twins had the lowest payroll in baseball—now they have a new stadium and the money that goes along with it. Poor management and development has landed them back in the basement of the American League.

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Baltimore Orioles v Minnesota Twins

It is hard to let go of the past. With baseball players specifically, the past does not always inform the future as much as we’d like. It becomes harder and harder for a once-great player to recover the form which made him great in the first place as he ages. Add injuries to the mix and a former MVP turns into a role player in just a few years.

If you needed to choose between the careers of Justin Morneau or Adam Lind, you would pick Justin Morneau every single time. Morneau is more decorated, played longer, made more money and simply has a better career to date.

Career is one thing, the future is another. While Adam Lind is less than an ideal fit for the left-handed side of the Jays DH/1B rotation this year. Realistically speaking, he isn’t that much worse an option than the big Canadian currently playing out the final year of his contract for the Twins, despite Morneau’s recent overtures.

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The word “bravery” gets thrown around a lot these days. Too often it is used to describe the worst kind of reflexive defense of the status quo, where a Torii Hunter-type is cast as a hero by the “you must tolerate my intolerance” set.

That is not bravery. Bravery is turning your back on millions of dollars, walking away from a lifetime of comfort because it just isn’t working out right now. Bravery is Tsuyoshi Nishioka, the Getting Blanked Man of the Year for 2012.

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After having a little fun with Rich Harden this morning, I got thinking about Rich Harden. Rich Harden, as you may or may not remember, was amazing. A hard-throwing, bat-missing phenom – in between trips to the disabled list.

Rich Harden sat out the entire 2012 season after undergoing surgery on a torn shoulder capsule. At the time of the procedure, Harden swore he’d be back at full strength for 2013. The Minnesota Twins are betting he will, signing the Canadian righty to a minor-league contract with an invite to camp.

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If you felt as though something was off for the last few days, you are not alone. If you couldn’t fight the feeling that something just wasn’t right in your world, rest easy. If the colors of trees and dogs and flags didn’t appear as vivid as they should, if food tasted blandly and a kiss from someone you love didn’t taste quite as sweet, take heart.

After the Kansas City Royals attempted to throw the planet off its orbit with their designs on relevency, the Minnesota Twins are here to right the ship. To restore the natural order of things. Because the Twins went out and signed barely-adequate, low strikeout, low ceiling starter Kevin Correia to a two-year, $10M contract. Breath deeply, it is all going to be okay.

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