Saw the title and thought it was an ad for a sperm bank!
Why not Molitor?
I wonder what Ryan would do if the roles were reversed.
Would Ryan cough up two million dollars for a 30 day rental??
I highly doubt it.
Cardinals fan, Bark? Really? I love you like a brother my friend, and Veronica is like a sister to me, and it hurts me to think that you could root for a team that has a red bird on their jersey. Surely you realize that cardinals are the flying rats of the bird kingdom and have been known to eat worms after a rainstorm.
As for John's head versus heart dilemma, I feel your pain. Justin has long been one of my favorite players and I share your feeling that this seems like a move that was designed mainly to put $2.6 million into the Pohlad coffers. Then I wonder if maybe that $2.6 million may eventually go towards a free agent or something else that will help going forward. Like many issues that we are seeing, it may take months to make an accurate assessment. If the PTBNL turns out well and/or the Twins sign Morneau next year then my heart will feel better. Otherwise, I will feel that this was a cheesy move to save money by disrespecting a player who has made huge contributions and disrespecting the fans by dishonoring a player who has earned their appreciation.
Nice write-up John. I have come to believe that it is all about the money with the Twins. You have convinced me more-so. I wish it wasn't so, but if the Twins do not do something to defuse this suspicion this off season - I will walk away, becoming an exclusive St. Louis Cardinals fan.
I'd love to get a 40 yard dash time on Hicks. People keep saying he takes long strides, and that what we perceive as slowness is an optical illusion but I'm not sure I buy that.
Good article. It is tough as teams are less and less likely to give up their better prospects to fix the major league club. It shows about what the cap is to make a deal. Interested in seeing if any of this changes as we get close to July 31
Congrates from mexico as well John Nad the rest of Twins Daily
dakotanative said it well.
And from one who enjoys this website almost every day, thank you.
John - congratulations to you and the Twins Daily team. Day-in and day-out one of the first places I check for the latest Twins news and opinions is Twins Daily. Before there was Twins Daily we had Twins Geek, Seth Speaks, Puckett's Pond, Aaron Gleeman's blog, etc. There were a few community boards that help fill the Twins news and opinion void, but the group of dedicated Twins fans who, on a daily basis, had the courage to post their opinions, research, analysis, etc. on the web, I and thousands of others owe a debt of gratitude. Thank you for teaming together to get this done. I had read over a year ago some pundit's (maybe ESPN?) view that the Minnesota Twins had the finest group of bloggers supporting their team and that there was no one close. Need I say more.
I find it just terrible to sell this draft as a three-player draft. It's ridiculous to make the claim, especially with high school players involved. There are so many legit talented players found in later rounds (Rosario, Walker, etc.) that it makes this weird and bizarre meme (and I will call it that) utterly dumb.
Kohl Stewart is very good. Sean Manaea is very good. Braden Shipley is very good. There are several hundred players who are very good right now. Some dozens will end up being MLB Great-to-below average. That's the story.
By the way, McGuire would be a mistake and a half. It would be better to take Meadows than him. There's no bat. This could be Danny Lehmann+.
Nice work with correlation coefficients. So how do you not give up hits? How does the bats missed data relate to this discussion? If teams are not getting good contact, maybe there are less hits. That is a little different than strikeouts. Is your spread sheet available ?
Heart. The game is methodical. It is a study in average, statistics, leverage, and productivity. I say Morneau is as much of a bridge to the future as Mauer. It just makes sense, unless Toronto trumps Minnesota heart with Canadian heart.
I often wear a Canadian 2006 WBC jersey with #27 Morneau on the back. Morneau has made a point of talking with me during Spring Training, away games, and signing baseballs for my two sons. He always asks, "Are you from Canada?" I admit that I spent a few years guiding out of Ft. Francis, but I'm not Canadian." He would love to be a Twin, but Toronto is noble, too. It's about the heart.
BTW: The crowds tend to ask, "Why #27?" when they see the Morneau jersey from 2006. The quick answer is that Larry Walker had #33 before Mornie. I like to say, "#27 is #33, according to the metric system."
White sox i think are probably going to have 5 to 7 less wins this year than last year. I base this on that Tigers, Cleveland, and KC all have gotten better this year from last year and assuming that each of teams wins couple more from chicago this alone could take away 6 wins. I think Chicago will be better than the Twins but right now i don't see much difference between them Cleveland and KC. Sad day for me when even before the season has started that i give zero chance and that twins will be in cellar in centeral. Also they probably only better than houston in American league and Miami and maybe Colorado in the National league.
I hate them more than anyone. That being said, that rotation will make them an over .500 team in a weak division. OVER.
Whitesox are an 83-87 win team. They have a deep enough rotation that they will be a winning team despite being themselves.
Their number 5 starter would probably be the Twins number 1.
The WhiteSox have a legit starting rotation as long as their bullpen doesn't completely fall on it's face I expect them to win at least 85 games. I'll take the over.
If this is what is available on the market, you have to pass. Convert Butera!
I hope I'm wrong, but this sure looks like compounding the situation.
Good for Correia?