Emotional times when a favorite player gets let go. I really want success for Luke, but as it stands right now, he's an easy out for MLB pitching. He was swinging and missing by multiple feet on fastballs. I hope he does catch on and have a good solid career, but to put him in the same conversation as Big Papi is a bit premature. To call Hughes a middle infielder is generous. He's a corner guy who's prospects are shortened by the fact that he hasn't done much but smoke a few mistakes. I wouldn't be surprised at all to see him clear waivers and head back to Rochester. There really don't appear to be many teams hurting for a 1st-3rd player with a bit of pop. I think Terry knew this and was willing to risk it.
As to the constant drone of how Gardy just don't like guys and needs the media to help him sabotage players, come on. It's as though people think they want to win more than Gardy does. The implication is Gardy has winning second to making sure 'his guys' are the guys winning. It's silly.
Thryloss, I love that cap, too.
I will probably do it weekly for the Majors. I could do the minors as well but Seth does a great job with that. What I do as a monthly feature is "who is hot in the Minors", which lists the Twins' prospects who are performing the best year to date. I will probably have the first one up in about a week or 2 or so to give the pitchers enough time to build innings. Thanks!
Maybe you could add minor league players to this and make it a weekly posting. I think many of us who love the game and are interested in our farm but don't have the time to follow it as much as we'd like -- would love it.
That's so cool!
Morneau, Dozier... and my daughter... same day!
After game 1, I'm seeing LF looking better than last year.
There are question marks in RF, but hey... it's only 1 game.
It could be worse than Carl Pavano. (Bruce Chen is the opening day pitcher for the Royals.) I too was a little surprised to see Burroughs hack at the first pitch considering Lindstrom had started off both Valencia and Parmelee with balls.
Thanks for the boob...er...Thome pic. Glad to see those are still around.
Gotta agree with Lein, that's a circle change - for whatever reason he tucks his pinky in.
If I thought that the Twins did not have a chance to win the division (and a good one) I wouldn't have picked them... I just don't like the Tigers this season. And if they win the Division, everything can happen.
In the mid 80's, my kid brother started picking the Twins every year. By the early 90's, the kid had incredibly picked 2 long-shot winners. Unfortunately, he grew up to have unrealistic expectations. But dang he's optimistic.
...and the Vikes are going win the Super Bowl too.
Did not realize that the index finger was not there. That is a funky breaking ball grip... Change has at least 3 fingers on the ball
No satire; just optimist
What pitch is Shibuya throwing in that photo? I don't think that's a 2-seamer (not a normal one anyway), his index finger is curled on the side of the ball and the middle and ring fingers are on the seams. Gotta be his changeup, right?
is this satire?! I hope you're right though q
This was a scary April Fools' Day joke but good. He "hit" .167 last year (he has a career BA of .178).
Here is what Butera said about his assignment to AAA:
"They told me they were going with two catchers," Butera said. "I'm just going to go down and work on some things, get some at-bats and get some playing time."
Here is what Terry Ryan had to say:
"We need more offense out of Butera," Ryan said. "He has to earn at-bats. You know Rivera's down there; he's no slouch. We make guys earn their keep, that's all. He's very gifted. He's got a powerful arm, he works well with pitchers, but we've got to get some offense. We had trouble scoring last year; we can't do that again. We need to score runs."
Other t-shirt options for this year (If we can get similar pictures):
Plouffe is my Goof
Blackie is my Lackey
Casilla was my Idea
Frankie Makes Me Cranky
So, you went up to this woman and said, "I really like your shirt. May I please take a picture of your chest, please? That would be great!"