Best Manager Joe Maddon (By a Mile) There would not be accountability issues. The Younger players would live up to his standards, or they would find themselves back in the minors. Players who wanted out of the lineup would have to tell him personally, not through a Trainer. Maddon would not manage through the Newspaper. Maddon would also instill a (battle to the last Man attitude.) + 8 Wins based on attitude and accountability.
Worst Manger Bobby Valentine Has made a mess of Boston in less then three weeks -10 losses at least.
I will add them tonight
This is a really nice story. Thank you for contributing it.
I'd love to have you post a few of these topics in the forum. Literally, #1 could be a topic. #2 could be a great topic. #3 could be a topic and have a Twins slant to it. I don't want to steal them from you, so if you have a chance, please, throw those out there.
1. Going to my first game at Metropolitan Stadium and sitting in the outfield bleachers, and watching Harmon Killebrew hit a home run.
2. The 1991 World Series.
3. The 1987 World Series
4. The 1965 World Series, and crying after we lost game 7 to the Dodgers.
5. Taking my dad to our first game at Target Field (Mauer got his MVP Award that day.)
6. Watching Torii Hunter make many spectacular plays in the outfield.
7. Watching Kirby hustle (even in meaningless spring training games.)
8. Crying HARD when Kirby had to retire
9. Watching Rod Carew steal home.
10. Watching Tony O hit the ball.
I was at the game yesterday with my son. We were pretty depressed early on, and then the HITTING PARADE began. I saw it live and still don't believe what I saw...absolutely amazing. I knew these guys could hit better than the first four games showed, but I never expected 20 hits including three blasts. I, too, am worried about defense...love Willingham, but he seems a little lost in the outfield, as does Plouffe. I like Carroll at short. I just watched the Texas outfielders make two outstanding plays in the first two innings, the kind Torii made back in the day. I am a little confused about the $6.5 million that Baker will earn this year for not pitching...do the Twins have an insurance policy on his arm? Can't they go out a try to find a starter somewhere?
With the way the Twins have played the first four games, I would not be surprised if the Twins started 0 - 19. I have seen nothing that would lead me to believe that the Twins are able to hang a playoff caliber team.
I can't wait for the first time I hear the clutch hitting term thrown out by announcers, I just wish they would have a different verbage around the situation. I also love great timing and "making of a player" (David Freese) those create stories and something really fun to watch.
While I love timely, game-winning hits for the good guys, I don't really believe in "clutch." Yes, we all experience moments of heightened focus, but it's not something we can turn on when we want it. Those moments come when they want and leave quickly.
It seemed like Danny Valencia had a lot of "clutch hits" during a stretch last season. It was great to root for, but it was just luck and good timing.
Clutch hitting exists; clutch hitters do not.
I can agree with this, but I get his point in the fact of what happens if we spend another 20 million and Morneau and Mauer aren't healthy? I think if we keep it in check, find out the health factor, we would have money to spend at the trade deadline/ or free agents next year. I am worried about what the market looks like for good starting pitchers. It would be great to see Baker healthy all year, pitch to his age/potential, along with Liriano putting a complete season together, putting their talent and age together this would be the year they perform.
If the Twins pitch .. they will contend. If they do not get starting pitching... it will be a long summer. But they will score some runs
There is a good chance that payroll drops again next year. Less revenue= lower payroll. Next January, Phil Mackey could be defending an Eighty Two Million dollar payroll.
I will say it now. Liriano will be a Twin in 2013 and Baker will not. I guess I would be wrong if Liriano is traded for another strong LH pitcher, but I see this as being the case.
I predict he hits close to 25 home runs this year and about 80 rbi's.
I am struggling finding this team being as bad as they say, I really liked the article Bill Parker, I really think they will be around .500, Liriano is in a contract year, it is now or never for him, Baker showed really good promise before his injury last year, I like the lineup, I like the defense a lot better, I think it comes down to health, and our top 3 pitchers, I think we can compete. If I were Gardy I would be working on my bunts down the 3rd base line when playing the Tigers I don't think Cabreras 260 pound butt can field that position.
Yeah I've been kind of making the same point to a buddy of mine, but our pitching has the potential to be shambolic