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  1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
    He's at .370 after Wednesday night. At this rate, if you wait a couple more weeks before taking him off, he'll be batting 1.162.
  2. Thrylos's Avatar
    Yeah. Give him a couple weeks and will be off the list.
  3. ashburyjohn's Avatar
    My guy Mastroianni is hitting .304 at AAA, after a slow start in AA New Britain. That ought to be enough to get him off the not-hot list.
  4. Thrylos's Avatar
    They might get there, esp. Pinto, but nobody is there yet. I am glad that there are LH SPs because for a couple years the only one there was Danny Osterbrock and we know that he is no more
  5. shs_59's Avatar
    LOL @ Teflon, not sure i get the joke?

    Its between Rene Rivera and J.R. Towles for catcher #4 with Chris Herrmann and Danny Lehmann not to far behind.
    If it was me, and we needed "another guy" later in the year i'd give Towles a shot and see what he may or may not do. Rather than watch Rene Rivera again, after we've seen More than our fair share of him last year.

    The fans here in Minny HATE Butera in the way they wanted Punto, and Rivas out of town. (if not more so) But to me, I think it shoud be Rene Rivera that should be LOoooong gone, and have an eerily strange feeling already that the organizaton even brought him back to be in Rochester for 2012. Thats the move that baffles me. NOT Butera seeing big lg. time in 2012. Something we ALL should have expected.
  6. shs_59's Avatar
    Its a shame that there isn't a single catcher here..... Josmil Pinto maybe?

    I think Chris Herrmann will get here in edition #2.

    How about Sodak St. 's Caleb Theilbar? yeahhhhhhhh. Soon time to go to AA and The Eastern Lg. to really see what he's got.
  7. Teflon's Avatar
    Shouldn't the Twins be considering a 4th catcher? If Mauer and Doumit both get hurt in a game, that leaves us dangerously thin.
  8. John Bonnes's Avatar
    I gotta agree with 1EJ, I think you're anti-Gardenhire view is blinding you to some stuff here.

    I will agree with one thing - it is frustrating to often see a smear campaign against Twins players after some of these moves. I don't know if it's the Twins, or the media, or if it's justified or not. I'll also note that it isn't always consistent - for instance, we didn't hear anything like this about Revere earlier in the week, and that was at least as unpopular a move as Hughes.

    The assumption seems to be that if we don't hear it, it's because it's one of Gardy's guys and if we do hear it it's because it isn't. But that's only the conclusion if you start out with it as the assumption. It could be the media likes some guys attitude more than others. It could be team leaders (or media-friendly players) conclusions. Or it could be (believe it or not) that the perceptions are accurate.
  9. one_eyed_jack's Avatar
    I have never seen the release of a fringe MLB player spun into such a melodramatic tale of conspiracy, abuse of power, deceit and betrayal. Oh the humanity!

    Luke Hughes is a guy who has played in 102 major league games, during which he it .224, was mediocre at best defensively.

    He's going to be 28 in a few months, so I think it's pretty unlikely that the Twins are sitting on a gold mine of untapped potential here, don't you?

    And in terms of the Souhan thing, I don't know if that's true or not but it's not like this is the first we've heard about the lack of dedication from some players last year. There was much talk of it in the local media after the season. Cuddyer said right after he signed with Colorado that he felt like he was fighting a one-man battle last year. Was Hughes a part of the problem? I don't know, but I suspect nobody else does here either. So saying he wasn't is just assuming facts to fit your theory.

    Maybe you're right, maybe Gardenhire forced the next Jeff Kent out of town so he could bring up his pet third catcher that he has an irrational attachment to. But don't you think it could also be that this was just a simple case of him wanting to cut ties with a marginal player with a bad attitude?

    Tell you what - I'll make you a deal. If someone else picks up Hughes and he turns out to be an asset to their team, I'll eat my words. But if his career goes nowhere, you eat yours. Deal?
  10. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    Yeah, it is mildly or more than mildly disgusting that you could accurately predict that about a player this year already. Souhan is such a crime against sports commentary.
  11. Thrylos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Paul
    I had 1500 AM on in the background yesterday afternoon (or maybe the day before) and they had Souhan on. For what it's worth, he commented that he had heard from different sources in the organization that there was a clubhouse issue with Hughes. He said he was one of the young guys that pissed the vets off with his attitude after losing. I pararphrase, but he said something to the effect of "They thought he didn't take losing seriously enough. If they lost and he went 0 for', or booted a ball, or double clutched on a doubleplay he was upset. But, if he got a hit in the loss he was all smiles." He also said "they felt he was a bad influence on Ploufe". I personally take everything Souhan says with a grain of salt, but that's what I heard.

    So maybe, just maybe, this isn't part of some evil plot by the manager to get Butera back.

    Interesting development but very predictable I said yesterday that sooner or later we will start hearing rumors about Luke. This is just their MO when a player who is liked by fans is let go or close to let go. Too predictable...

    This is what I wrote:

    There have been rumors recently around Luke Hughes. By now Twins' fans with an open mind know how those originate: usually when the team (read Ron Gardenhire) does not like someone, certain writers are given tidbits to spread around. Slowey and Perkins (during his grievance season) are a couple of recent examples; even more recently the manager and the interim general manager were publicly saying that they were frustrated by Scott Baker's unwillingness to "let it rip", while the guy had a torn UCL.)
    Not too unusual to see Souhan spearheading the bury Luke Hughes effort since he played the same henchman role for the Twins in burying Kevin Slowey very recenty... Way to Go!
  12. Paul's Avatar
    I had 1500 AM on in the background yesterday afternoon (or maybe the day before) and they had Souhan on. For what it's worth, he commented that he had heard from different sources in the organization that there was a clubhouse issue with Hughes. He said he was one of the young guys that pissed the vets off with his attitude after losing. I pararphrase, but he said something to the effect of "They thought he didn't take losing seriously enough. If they lost and he went 0 for', or booted a ball, or double clutched on a doubleplay he was upset. But, if he got a hit in the loss he was all smiles." He also said "they felt he was a bad influence on Ploufe". I personally take everything Souhan says with a grain of salt, but that's what I heard.

    So maybe, just maybe, this isn't part of some evil plot by the manager to get Butera back.
  13. jorgenswest's Avatar
    Hughes is more similar to Jeff Baker than Dan Uggla. There aren't very many teams that have a player like Hughes on the bench. I think he will remain with the Twins and get another chance. If not, I hope to see him find more success in his next window of opportunity than he was able to produce in last year's window.
  14. Fire Dan Gladden's Avatar
    Well, I feel bad when somebody believes thay have a better handle on the situation than management. As the Twins have shown time and time again, many of their decisions are not solely based on on-the-field potential/performance. We don't know about the intangibles that played into this decision as well.

    Comparing him to Uggla is reckless. There is no reason to believe he would suddenly blossom after all this time.

    Have you seen the pitching staff lately? Putting Hughes over a pitching slot also does not compute. Working through replacement level pitchers is more important right now than replacement level players.

    I wish Hughes the best of luck, but I have zero concern that tis will come back to bite us.
  15. one_eyed_jack's Avatar
    I'm little perplexed about the amount of attention and gushing praise that Hughes has received the last couple of days. He had a few nice moments and seemed like a quality guy.

    But to read some of the stuff that's been written about him, Jesus Christmas, you'd think the Twins just gave up on the second coming of Lou Whitaker from down under.
  16. Thrylos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by CDog
    Baker was put on the 60-day nearly a week ago. (I think to make room for Thomas.)
    He did but looking at the roster (unless I counted wrong) without counting Baker, they have only 39. Link of the official roster here
  17. CDog's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by thrylos98
    It was never clearing a spot on the 40-man roster... Can easily place Baker on the 60 day DL to clear one. Space on the 25 man was necessary
    Baker was put on the 60-day nearly a week ago. (I think to make room for Thomas.)
  18. Thrylos's Avatar
    John, I think that your #5 is a valid reason, as long as it concerns their own players vs. free agents (Cabrera, Hudson, Crede and Carroll are not too fleet of foot). As far as Bill Smith goes, I think that he was just a titular head. Ryan was always part of the decision making process...
  19. John Bonnes's Avatar
    I'll give five counter reasons (and saying this, let me say, I like Luke Hughes):
    1) He didn't hit well enough to be a corner fielder - Last year in 330+ PA, he hit .223
    2) He didn't field well enough to be a middle infielder - He can't play SS and he can't pivot the DP at 2B.
    3) Danny Valencia - Another RHed third baseman, which is Hughes best position, is in the organization. And Valencia has (unfortuately for Hughes) stayed very healthy, giving Hughes few opportunities.
    4) He had trouble staying healthy - Which is how Valencia passed him in the organizational depth chart. Do I remember correctly that it made him lose some playing time in the majors, too?
    5) He may fall into an organizational blind spot, which is a lot of what I think you're saying with a lot of the stuff above. I wrote passionately back in 2002 about calling up a guy who reminds me a lot of Hughes, but the Twins didn't, and Casey Blake ended up doing pretty well for himself. Perhaps this organization feels like middle infielders have to have very quick feet or something.

    BTW, I could add another reason that I think might surprise you:

    6) Bill Smith is no longer GM - I think you and Smith actually have something in common here. I always got the sense that Smith thought highly of Hughes, especially in an interview I did with him a couple of years ago. He went out of his way to point to Hughes as an option at third base when I was talking about Valencia.
  20. Thrylos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rosterman
    Were the Twins clearing a 40-man spot for Bowen, perhaps. Although doing so with any number of other folks (Gray, Burton for example) would've worked easily as well.
    It was never clearing a spot on the 40-man roster... Can easily place Baker on the 60 day DL to clear one. Space on the 25 man was necessary
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