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  1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    There have been 13 games this season. Grip . . . get it.
  2. Seth Stohs's Avatar
    That is the top 10 all making over $20 million a season. Doesn't it seem all of those players are past the prime, and most of the teams aren't going to make the playoffs.
    That's the nature of free agency. Generally speaking, free agents are already past their prime and get overpaid. One year, not so bad. Anything over a year or two is likely to be a bad contract. I would put no less than 3 or 4 of those Top 10 contracts as worse than Mauer's.

    I gotta think that concussion, ball to the head, did more than we think it did. He's not old enough for this kind of decline.
    It's 2 weeks into the season. How about we see what he's hitting in a month from now.
  3. twinsfan34's Avatar
    Watching him strikeout...over and over.

    I gotta think that concussion, ball to the head, did more than we think it did. He's not old enough for this kind of decline.

    Puckett was never the same after getting hit in the head, neither was Morneau. Mauer...could be the same thing perhaps.
  4. nathanaakre's Avatar
    Through 7 games last year, Mauer had 7 K's, was hitting .267, and had 0 RBI. I think he'll be ok! Otherwise I'm with you, these guys have given me a little hope of competitiveness still this year so far.
  5. gil4's Avatar
    What scares me is 7 K's so far this year and watching him at bat looks scary. It doesn't look like he is in the game, and missing balls by way more than I have ever seen. If the Twins are going to not lose 90 games again, Joe Mauer needs to have an above average year, and based off the beginning, I am concerned. At that same rate, should I be concerned, as I just mentioned we are 7 games in, and in baseball stats seem to always come to the mean of the talent of the player.
    I'm concerned, too, because of the concussion. Hopefully it's just a slump and he will snap out of it, but we're still waiting for Morneau to snap out of it, and it has been 3 1/2 years.
  6. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
    Hey, if you are going to talk about bringing guys into the Hall of Fame, why not put Shoeless Joe Jackson in there along with Pete Rose?
  7. ashburyjohn's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by John Bonnes
    But one tip: marriage is #1. It must be #1. It suffers no rivals. It suffers no non negotiables. Not children nor money nor house nor job nor even baseball. Throw it back to the top of the list, let your wife know that, and slot baseball in next. Your life will be better.
    A woman is only a woman, but a baseball game... is a day at the park.

    / because I don't smoke cigars, and for that matter I've never Kippled
  8. ashburyjohn's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by TFelton
    I agree. Your post rings with many of us, just that many of us don't dare speak
    The love that dare not speak its name?
  9. strumdatjag's Avatar
    The answer: Because sports are Soap Operas for guys. Many women don't understand why we follow sports just like most of us don't understand why any of them were glued to the news of William, Kate and the Royal Baby in the UK or why any of them would give a rip about any of the Kardashians, except to the extent it may distract Chris Humphries and derail his NBA career.
  10. John Bonnes's Avatar
    I'm often asked this question, even by serious sports fans, who are frustrated they don't have any championship teams in town. There is certainly more drama in a season where the team has a chance, but yeah, I watch baseball because I like baseball, the same reason someone else might watch reality TV.

    But one tip: marriage is #1. It must be #1. It suffers no rivals. It suffers no non negotiables. Not children nor money nor house nor job nor even baseball. Throw it back to the top of the list, let your wife know that, and slot baseball in next. Your life will be better.
  11. glanzer's Avatar
    Great post! Luckily I married a woman who was equally as big of a Twins fan and we watch every game together.
  12. E. Andrew's Avatar
    Nice article, very true.
  13. TFelton's Avatar
    I agree. Your post rings with many of us, just that many of us don't dare speak as afraid our wives may read this!
  14. JB_Iowa's Avatar
    It does suck. And it WILL be a blot on Selig's legacy. He is working to remove that dark mark but his term as baseball commissioner will always be judged by the PEDs mess.

    The only way to change the entire PEDs situation is with a culture change and I hope it is happening. I hope that the union failing to defend players in the Biogenesis mess is a reflection of player attitudes. I hope when we see players deriding Braun, they represent a majority of players (even if a silent majority). I hope that he (and others) are not immediately welcomed warmly after their suspensions. For me, they have to show that they have reformed -- and that means frequent tests that all come out clean.

    As for A-Rod, he has been irrelevant to my baseball watching for a long time. I just don't waste any energy on him.
  15. PeanutsFromHeaven's Avatar
    I'm right with you on the dismay and anger over PED use (especially in the 90s), and truth is we're all culpable: Selig and owners who let it go on, players who both partook and tolerated those who did, advertisers who built the home run into the only part of the game that mattered, fans who demanded homers first.

    Now things are different, owners, players, advertisers and fans are sick of it...and in the case of A-Rod, who pissed away all the goodwill he had as a young kid, there is a convenient and obvious symbol to hang it on. I never thought I'd be "pro" life time ban...but I'm ready. Boot him out of the game, bar the doors, and let him wallow in Pete Rose purgatory. [Selig hates him, players hate him, fans (even Yankees fans) hate him, I bet Nike and Pepsi could probably sue for endorsement money back...we're united, and if he's our pariah, so be it...then we can start fresh with a new generation: Trout, Harper, Machado, and *fingers crossed* Sano]
  16. jm3319's Avatar
    I believe there should be a "?" at the end of the title, not a million "!"
  17. Joe A. Preusser's Avatar
    I also am not in love with the way the "closers" are used in today's game. When did it start? Eckersly? I think it takes away some of the creativity and options from managers, but if I'm being honest, they all do it because it works most of the time.
  18. rogrulz30's Avatar
    I agree, it was my outlet at the time, so I used it that way. Adult beverages were definitely the gateway for my rant, I apologize.
  19. B Richard's Avatar
    I appreciate that this is a blog, but these thoughts would also work well on the drunken rambling thread... agreed though, IMO there are some situations that call for bringing in your best reliever even if it isn't the 9th inning with a lead. For me though many of these instances come in the 8th
  20. rogrulz30's Avatar
    I got the data from ESPN Minnesota Twins 2012 Pitching Statistics - ESPN, sort by team/year. I just did the math on my own. Obviously games started, and QS. I was curious the other day remembering watching every game last year on how I would just hope we get through 5, and then this year how much more innings our starters have the potential of throwing. Makes the hope for twins winning much better. I was very surprised doing the math it turned out the way it did, I have to admit I was getting tired, so I only did about half the teams.
    Updated 04-22-2013 at 06:07 PM by rogrulz30
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