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  1. AScheib50's Avatar
    I would love the idea of them going younger and not clinging to some of these older guys, but the problem is the young guys aren't ready yet or they are hurt(ie: Sano). It's starting to become painfully clear this year is not the youth movement year...maybe next year, or if we are lucky things change this summer and they go young.

    If you look at our division rivals, the White Sox, they did the youth movement thing this offseason...not sure what the Twins were waiting for...we will see how things turn out I guess.
  2. Willihammer's Avatar
    I loved the 1999-2000 teams too. But you didn't need to be a genius to see that Hunter, Cuddyer, Pierzynski, Radke, Koskie, Mientkewicz, and Jones had real talent.

    Escobar, Parmelee, Hendriks, Robertson, Worley, Herrmann... I just don't get the same feeling from most of the young guys we have seen recently.
  3. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
    Nice write-up, Jorgenswest.

    Very few teams make significant improvements without getting younger. In the past couple of decades only the Yankees have had the money to have a team of aging players who are good enough to be in a HOF conversation.

    The other teams get better by getting new blood in the lineup.

    p.s. Earl Battey was a favorite of mine, too
  4. Sconnie's Avatar
    I'm with you Thrylos. At the end of the day, Bartlett is the emergency backup. He isn't going to be on the field much, so I'm not so worked up about him or his position, so much as what he means to the team as a figurehead.

    Do you think there is something to the notion that the reason Kubel and Bartlett are on this team right now, is to teach the kids "The Twins Way" kind of player life-coaches?

    I don't have a problem with Kubel or Bartlett so much as what they could represent. If this roster remains somewhat intact throughout this season, I'm disappointed because it points to nostalgia and apathy. Just waiting for reinforcements to arrive in 2016, then 2017...

    If those two are on this team because management sees them as player coaches, and a significant number of veterans on the opening day roster are planned to be traded (ie, Willingham, Florimon, Plouffe, Dozier, Duensing, Correia) and we successfully see a big youth movement this season, I'm all for it.
  5. stringer bell's Avatar
    Agree, agree, agree! Unless the Twins somehow catch lightning in a bottle and everybody has a peak year and they contend, they must turn over the roster to younger, higher ceilinged players. Every player over thirty not born in Minnesota really should be on the block. I was thinking that success this year would be measured by the progress of the young players and when I mentally went through them, I realized how many over-30s were on the team. I still stand by that definition of success: It will be a good year if Arcia, Gibson, Pinto, and Hicks establish themselves and I'll add Plouffe to that list.

    The Twins will open with only one player born in the '90s (Osvaldo Arcia) and two born in the '70s (Bartlett & Willingham)
    Updated 03-28-2014 at 07:04 AM by stringer bell
  6. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by TwinsTerritory
    A lot of really good players on that list, and Hank Blalock. How on earth did Hank Blalock hit 32 home runs and drive in 110? Baseball is hard to understand sometimes!
    Holy crap, we're on the same wavelength. I originally had Blalock in the Francoeur spot, but I couldn't resist ripping Frenchy. Blalock was out of baseball by 30. How odd.
  7. TwinsTerritory's Avatar
    A lot of really good players on that list, and Hank Blalock. How on earth did Hank Blalock hit 32 home runs and drive in 110? Baseball is hard to understand sometimes!
  8. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    Prediction 12 - Jason Bartlett will destroy us all.
  9. TKGuy's Avatar
    I am happy we kept Colabello, we had way too many lefties. I think it's clear the Twins don't think Parmalee is going to make it, although Antony wants to light a fire under him. If Kubel doesn't hit, then Parmalee may get one more chance. Presley claimed, yawn. Twins going all in on Hicks and Arcia. Need to see if they can stick or be replaced by Buxton and Rosario. Bartlett, good story, we will see how it plays out, obviously Gardy wanted him.
  10. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ericchri
    That list of the under 23 hitters... It's easy to forget how really, really good Grady Sizemore was.

    Kudos for name-dropping Yokozuna and making me cringe over the fact that I even knew who he was.
    Sizemore - 14.3 rWAR before age 24. Just ridiculous. It's a shame his body couldn't hold up.

    You should be proud that you know who Yokozuna is. My opinion is that our society is not fully and reliably Yokozuna-aware.
  11. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by TKGuy
    Imagine the interest that would be had if Sano could have been in Minnesota this year also.
    When I was originally thinking of 2014 predictions, I thought Sano would hit more home runs than Willingham. Colabello is a much bolder choice and I do believe in the prediction. But yes, having Sano on the team would have made my outlook even rosier.
  12. ericchri's Avatar
    That list of the under 23 hitters... It's easy to forget how really, really good Grady Sizemore was.

    Kudos for name-dropping Yokozuna and making me cringe over the fact that I even knew who he was.
  13. TKGuy's Avatar
    Imagine the interest that would be had if Sano could have been in Minnesota this year also.
  14. Sconnie's Avatar
    If I were GM, not certain how realistic, but here goes...

    Trade Correia, Willingham, and Duensing to the Bluejays for Colby Rasmus.
    Resign Rasmus for as close to 3 years 25 mil as i could get
    move Hicks to Left
    keep Rasmus in center
    make Arcia every day DH
    make Parmelee RF
    put Deduno in Correia's spot in the rotation.
    bring up Tonkin and Hoffman to fill out the bullpen.

    If I were manager...

    Lineup

    Rasmus CF
    Dozier 2b
    Mauer 1b
    Arcia DH
    Plouffe 3b
    Parmelee RF
    Pinto C
    Florimon SS
    Hicks LF

    Escobar Util
    Presley 4th outfielder
    Colabello PH 1b
    Suzuki C

    Rotation

    Nolasco
    Hughes
    Pelfrey
    Deduno
    Gibson

    bullpen

    Perkins
    Fien
    Burton
    Theilbar
    Tonkin
    Swarzak
    Hoffman
    Updated 03-26-2014 at 10:31 PM by Sconnie (Replaced Kubel with bu catcher)
  15. Sconnie's Avatar
    Thanks Nick, I'm trying to be more in the optimist camp and less in the pessimist camp, but man it's rough. Gibson being in the starting rotation, and the possibility of Hicks, Pinto and Arcia being starters helps, but the big names are further away than I'd like.
    Updated 03-26-2014 at 05:33 PM by Sconnie (I'm an idiot)
  16. tobi0040's Avatar
    He was unranked in 2011 and 2012 and #80 in 2013. I don't think his numbers last year did much to shoot his value up. So I think Sano, Buxton, Meyer, and Kohl are all too much as they are much higher end guys. But we have one of the worst SS in the leauge as well as a very deep farm system. So something could likely be worked out.

    In 2013, BA said 70 fielding and 70 arm. 50 speed, 50 bat, and 35 power.

    In that example, I am guessing they would pick Berrios/Thorpe/Gonslaves/Gibson. I would probably give up Gibson straight up. Thorpe and Berrios is probably too much. But maybe. If you fill the SS hole here you still have the #5 pick to grab another high end arm.
    Updated 03-25-2014 at 09:43 AM by tobi0040
  17. Seth Stohs's Avatar
    Thank you for writing this. First, congratulations on your engagement. That is very exciting. Congratulations on getting through the first year as a pastor in your church. That can be tough. There's a lot going on, so I fully understand.

    Best wishes to you. Hopefully you will stop by from time to time for a Twins fix if you like!
  18. pierre75275's Avatar
    Once the All-Star game is over, my guess is Escobar, or maybe Romero from AAA
  19. Jham's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sconnie
    He has the nastiest stuff of a Twins pitcher for three innings. Better off in the bullpen for him and the team
    Oh, did Deduno not lead the team in quality starts last year? Who pitched into the 7th or 8th inning more than him? I forgot, the rest of the staff, throw in the new guys even, were consistently going 7 strong every time last year right? Deduno was better in the first and still better in the 7th than the other trash pitchers we have.

    Pelfry had one of the worst full seasons I've seen. He was rewarded with money and a spot in the rotation based on the hope that he'd improve. Deduno worked his butt off, improved on everything the Twins asked him to improve at, had the best season of anyone on the staff, comes in and pitches well in spring training after rehabbing his shoulder, and the Twins demote him to the pen based off the assumption that Pelfrey and Gibson will be better than their horrible showings last year and that Deduno will regress.

    The disturbing message this sends a young ball club is that doing what the club asks and working hard doesn't matter, and that management can't be trusted. Antony just called out players for not "stepping up". Why step up if the club is just going to play favorites anyway?
  20. Sconnie's Avatar
    He has the nastiest stuff of a Twins pitcher for three innings. Better off in the bullpen for him and the team
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