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  1. USAFChief's Avatar
    Minor point, but a true "platoon" involves using one RH hitter and one LH hitter to man one position. Technically, Arcia and Parmelee can't "platoon."
  2. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
    IMHO: As long as he's not hitting .500 you can send him back down. This is just to give Arcia an introduction to MLB and the fans a taste of what's to come.

    The marketing on this team has been really stupid, pretending they are going to field a competitive team this year. The marketing approach should be trying to get fans to 'pick a kid to watch'.
    Is your guy Plouffe? Parmelee? Dozier? Hicks? Floriman? Escobar? Worley?
    And, of course, Mauer, Willingham, Morneau will be there, too!


    Something like that.
    Bring Arcia up. It may not be this trip, but this kid is going to make a difference.
  3. LaBombo's Avatar
    Ben Revere cannot get on base. Ben Revere cannot drive the ball. Ben Revere cannot throw.

    He can run fast and he has great range. There is a very specific name for a skill set that limits a player to being a defensive sub and pinch runner. It's called '5th outfielder'.

    Revere may still develop. He's approaching the point in his career that's comparable to where Span was when the light came on for him. That happened for Span in AAA.

    I hope it happens for Revere, too. He still may become something more than a 5th OF. And if that happens, it will probably be in Rochester.
  4. TwinsGuy55422's Avatar
    I would like to see Revere up on the team as well. He is definitely a spark plug. I haven't paid much attention to his at-bats in AAA. He certainly has a good batting average but does anyone know if he has been taking more walking, bunting, and doing the things they wanted him to work on?
  5. grubah's Avatar
    Sorry, but you simply cannot put Revere in RF. EVER. Even lumbering first basemen and catchers would go 1st to 3rd on that arm. He has to play LF or CF.
  6. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
    Revere has the third highest batting average on the Twins so far this year. He has the 7th highest OBP, ahead of Plouffe, Doumit, Casilla, Parmelee, etc. Don't really understand why he is down in AAA. Did he find his way into Gardy's doghouse?

    Different opinion here, though. I would like to see him in CF and move Span to right. His arm 'weakness' would be more than compensated by the increase in coverage in both CF and RF.
  7. James's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by gil4
    "...see if there's a low level prospect the Nationals might be interested in."

    After the Ramos trade, that scares me. I can picture the answer: "There are a couple of guys way down in Low-A; I think their names are Sano and Rosario..."
    You are correct, Sano and Rosario are in Low-A. I'm pretty sure he meant low ceiling prospects. And no matter what your opinion of TR is, I don't think that there is anyone that would think he would be willing to trade either of those two guys for Komatsu.
  8. gil4's Avatar
    "...see if there's a low level prospect the Nationals might be interested in."

    After the Ramos trade, that scares me. I can picture the answer: "There are a couple of guys way down in Low-A; I think their names are Sano and Rosario..."
  9. gil4's Avatar
    I agree with your line-up with a couple of omments:

    1. Plouffe has earned a VERY short leash.
    2. I prefer Willingham in RF and Revere in LF. When Willingham said he wasn't comfortable out there, I would have told him to bring his recliner because he was going to be there for the next three years and might as well get comfortable.
  10. Rosterman's Avatar
    I agree. Plouffe is an enigma. We don't really want to lose him...yet...he MAY still have potential...but if he can't be a bench player and really has no set position as a regular, then maybe.........
  11. ScottyB's Avatar
    Since we're looking to rebuild for 2014 - I figure we should suck in 2013 as well. So here's to consecutive years of #2 choice, #1 choice and #1 choice in the drafts. Maybe if we're smart we can do what The Rays and the Nats did with their long periods of picking at the top and become perennial contenders. The Twins need to start drafting #1 and ace pitchers instead of 3's, 4's and 5's. How about some decent scouting and forget about pitch to contact guys for good.
  12. PeanutsFromHeaven's Avatar
    That time line makes me feel rather optimistic actually, sure it's a lot to get done, but (barring the Mayan apocalypse) there's always next year.
  13. Bark's Lounge's Avatar
    Oh by the way Mr. SirLoin. Nice play on words with your title.
  14. rogrulz30's Avatar
    That is a very good point, you can't stay we didn't give Gardy a chance to win it all, he had to figure out a way to beat the Yankees, he didn't do it. I like many others like Gardy, I also hate replacing managers as the fix all, (and I am not claiming Sirloin is saying that) If we were to go a new route, which I have thought about it all day, I know that is sad, I would be in favor of Sandberg, (which was one of my fav's growing up watching WGN), and Francona. I think Francona is very smart, and he would have the "WS" experience. I think the inability to coach Mauer,(or at least understand he isn't a 3 hitter right now)/Valencia, maybe even Nishi may have his job now.
  15. SweetOne69's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rogrulz30
    I understand the change of guard idea, but I would have to think that I don't think it is the coaching staff, w/ the exception of vavra that makes the team bad. Injuries to very key players have made it difficult for gardy to put out a presentable product. When the higher ups can't put pitching on the team, your team will be bad. I would like to see this full year with gardy and really see if the manager really makes the difference
    I agree with this to a point, but it seems that Gardy has lost the respect and control over his team. He seems to have difficulty managing the younger players. If that is true than it is time for a change.

    It is similar to the Tony Dungy situation in Tampa. He brought the team back to respectability but couldn't take them any further. So he moved on to Indy and Gruden got Tampa the title.

    I think Gardy has taken this club as far as he can go and it is time for both parties to try something new.
  16. Bark's Lounge's Avatar
    Mr. SirLoin. I agree with your "Young Guns" replacement theory of Sandberg, Martinez and Alomar Jr. - don't forget Tim Wallach. He's up there too.
  17. SirLoin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rogrulz30
    I understand the change of guard idea, but I would have to think that I don't think it is the coaching staff, w/ the exception of vavra that makes the team bad. Injuries to very key players have made it difficult for gardy to put out a presentable product. When the higher ups can't put pitching on the team, your team will be bad. I would like to see this full year with gardy and really see if the manager really makes the difference
    Oh for sure, my idea for the post was to look at potential options after the season ends. Shaking up the coaching staff during the season wouldn't do any good. That seems to only work in hockey. I was curious to see what options were out there should we have another poor season.
  18. rogrulz30's Avatar
    I understand the change of guard idea, but I would have to think that I don't think it is the coaching staff, w/ the exception of vavra that makes the team bad. Injuries to very key players have made it difficult for gardy to put out a presentable product. When the higher ups can't put pitching on the team, your team will be bad. I would like to see this full year with gardy and really see if the manager really makes the difference
  19. rogrulz30's Avatar
    It has started already, it is only going to get worse and worse as the Twins continue to lose after horrible pitching. They have no way to rectify the situation looking at the pitching rotation this year. At this point they are really going to have to dump players soon.
  20. JB_Iowa's Avatar
    Well, personally, if I had spent over $112 million last year and $94 million this year ... and saw it swirling down the drain the way it is, I'd be out kicking some b*tts in the team leadership (front office; field staff; players all included).

    Bah, humbug.

    And yes, they made money last year and undoubtedly will this year but it's not hard to see that profits may be getting smaller. Face it, if the profit margin is 10% (hypothetically), I'd rather have 10% of $300 million than $200 million.
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