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  • Decision 2012: The 2013 Twins Line-Up

    It's Election Day across our great country and this means people should be getting out and casting their votes. Be informed about the choices you are making and help to decide the future of our country. One of the best parts about today is there won't be any more political ads on TV or the radio. Thank the heavens.

    If you are reading this post, it doesn't matter if you are a Republican or a Democrat because you are most likely a fan of the Twins. Going to watch a baseball game and going to the polls to vote are two of the most American things someone can do. Only one of those All-American tasks can be accomplished today but that doesn't mean there aren't other decisions the Twins are weighing this offseason.

    Every front office has to look at their roster as a ballot and put their confidence behind a group of players. Luckily, most of the terms won't be for four years or more but some decisions still need to be made.

    Here are some of the areas the front office will be making decisions on before the start of next year. There are some easy votes and some tough votes but all of these decisions will impact the Twins future.
    2013 Minnesota Twins Ballot
    Catcher: The incumbent is leading in the polls but could another candidate sneak in and steal this election. Mauer had a bounce back year but Doumit had one of the best seasons of his career. Butera has been around the team for multiple seasons but he doesn't have much of a shot as a third party candidate.
    • Joe Mauer: The Incumbent
    • Ryan Doumit: The Challenger
    • Drew Butera: The Third Party Candidate

    _________________________ Write-In Candidate

    First baseman: Morneau showed he was over most of his concussion problems during the last campaign. He is aging and some other candidates could sneak in and take this spot. Parmelee deserves a chance to start and first base might be his best spot. There is a chance for Morneau to get elected to start for another team in the form of a trade.
    • Justin Morneau: The Incumbent
    • Chris Parmelee: The Challenger
    • Joe Mauer: The Other Challenger

    _________________________ Write-In Candidate

    Second baseman: The middle infield could be a wide open race to the finish. Alexi Casilla removed himself from contention when the Orioles claimed him in the last week. This still leaves multiple players and no clear leader as of Election Day.
    • Jamey Carroll
    • Brian Dozier
    • Eduardo Escobar

    _________________________ Write-In Candidate

    Third baseman: For the fans, Plouffe might be the clear choice for this spot. The front office contends that they will bring in challengers to push Plouffe. Carroll showed his ability to handle multiple infield positions last year and he could get elected to start at third base. Fans have talked about Mauer making a move to this position and it could happen in this election.
    • Trevor Plouffe: The Incumbent
    • Jamey Carroll
    • Joe Mauer

    _________________________ Write-In Candidate

    Shortstop: Much like the election at second base, there are plenty of candidates for this role but the polls continue to be tight. Dozier didn't do too well on the campaign trail in the last year. Florimon showed some great skills on the defensive side of the ball. Will this be enough to give him the election?
    • Pedro Florimon
    • Brian Dozier
    • Jamey Carroll

    _________________________ Write-In Candidate

    Outfield: For this office, there must be THREE names voted for in order for your ballot to be counted. There seem to be plenty of options in the outfield for the Twins and not all of these players might make it to Opening Day. Who are the best candidates to lead the team into the future?
    • Denard Span
    • Josh Willingham
    • Ben Revere
    • Chris Parmelee
    • Ryan Doumit
    • Aaron Hicks
    • Oswaldo Arcia

    _________________________ Write-In Candidate
    _________________________ Write-In Candidate

    Designated Hitter: With so many tight battles in the other elections, the DH battle might be open for another candidate to sneak into the line-up.
    • Ryan Doumit
    • Justin Morneau
    • Joe Mauer
    • Josh Willingham
    • Chris Parmelee

    _________________________ Write-In Candidate

    So what would your ballot look like in this election? Who did you elect to start for the Twins in 2013? Leave a COMMENT and tell the world how you voted today (well at least for this election).
    This article was originally published in blog: Decision 2012: The 2013 Twins Line-Up started by Cody Christie
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. tacky3's Avatar
      tacky3 -
      Catcher: mauer
      1st baseman: parmelee
      2nd: Kelly Johnson (write in)
      3rd: Plouffe
      SS: Florimon
      OF: Willingham, Revere, Arcia
      DH: Doumit

      I just think morneau and span can be moved for some decent pitching and freed up salary. Also I think it's time the twins move in a younger direction and see what some of the prospects can contribute to our beloved Twins.
    1. Brandon's Avatar
      Brandon -
      1B Morneau
      2B Carroll
      SS Florimon
      3B Plouffe
      OF Willingham, Revere, Parmalee
      C Mauer
      DH Doumit
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      C Mauer
      1B Morneau
      2B Plouffe
      3B Youkilis
      SS Carroll
      LF Willingham
      CF Revere
      RF Parmelee
      DH Doumit
    1. gunnarthor's Avatar
      gunnarthor -
      C Mauer
      1B Morneau
      2B Carroll
      3B Plouffe
      SS Didi Gregorius
      LF Willingham
      CF Revere
      RF Parmelee
      DH Doumit
    1. SgtSchmidt11's Avatar
      SgtSchmidt11 -
      C Mauer
      1B Morneau
      2B Dozier
      3B Plouffe
      SS Florimon (or FA)
      LF Willingham
      CF Revere
      RF Parmalee
      DH Doumit
    1. Curt's Avatar
      Curt -
      C Curt
      1B Mauer
      2B Carroll
      SS Drew
      3B Plouffe
      LF Willingham
      CF Revere
      RF Arcia
      DH Doumit
    1. DAM DC Twins Fans's Avatar
      DAM DC Twins Fans -
      C--Mauer 1b--Parmalee 2b--Dozier 3b--Plouffe ss--Elvis Andrus (write in)
      OF--Revere, Willingham, Arcia DH--Doumit
    1. Danchat's Avatar
      Danchat -
      C Mauer
      1B Morneau
      2B (Blake) DeWitt (write in)
      SS Carrol
      3B Plouffe
      LF Willingham
      CF Span
      RF Revere
      DH Doumit
      Parmalee will be on the bench....again.
    1. justinone's Avatar
      justinone -
      C Doumit
      1B Parmalee
      2B Mastroianni
      SS Florimon (or free agent)
      3B Mauer
      LF Arcia (and/or Hicks)
      CF Revere
      RF Plouffe
      DH Willingham
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