02-28-2014, 11:15 PM #61
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02-28-2014, 11:42 PM #63
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02-28-2014, 11:42 PM #64
Joe Torre- @ age 30, NL MVP playing 161 games at 3B in 1971. And his only prior experience at the position was 72 games at the position the previous year- this is exactly what I'm proposing that Mauer do this year should Sano prove to be out of commission for 2014, get his feet wet at the position, sharing time @ 3B with Plouffe, also providing the opportunity at getting another LH bat into the lineup against certain RHP. By season's end, it gives the team another option going forward- as they assess what to do with Sano.
02-28-2014, 11:58 PM #65
To the contrary of your conclusion, if Sano is out for the season, it merely adds another reason to forestall "the parade" of any new potential roster-bolstering acquisitions until the rest of the "core" hits the bigs for good. If Sano ends up on the shelf, wake me up in 2016.
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03-01-2014, 12:13 AM #66
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03-01-2014, 01:12 AM #67
1) Shore up the Starting Pitching from "Pathetic"...to... "Fair to Middlin' chance to get 3 Times through the Batting Order"- without raising the Net Payroll- Check.
2) Bask in the marketing Before-and-After-Glow of hosting the All Star and Futures Games- Check.
3) Deposit the annual $25M media checks into the capital fund paying down the Pohlad debt on Target Field- Check.
4) Sell "Hope", both this year and next, in the Dr Feelgood designation-mode of the club allegedly sporting "The #1 Farm System in Baseball."- Check.
With Sano possibly going down- this could mean he is possibly delayed from becoming an effective and entrenched major leaguer until at least 2016, thus, assuming the dreaded "announcement" that he's going under the knife, they would now already have a ready-made post-season excuse to give to season ticket holders for yet another 90+ year on the Loss side, and every perverse incentive to shoot for one or two more top 5 draft picks in June 2015 and possibly 2016 before any significant attempts at increasing the payroll.
I go with Sandbun on this, the scenario of Sano going down means 2, or even 3 years before this team will make the full commitment to compete.
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03-01-2014, 01:43 AM #68
Meanwhile, the club will have shocked everyone and proved how aggressive they were in bringing back Nick Punto to stabilize the middle infield situation, Josh Johnson coming home to the place of his birth (he says he remembers how great the winters were here before he moved to LA at the age of 6), to both shore up the lack of LH starting depth and revive his starting career and Torii Hunter, who "took a steep discount" to finish up his career at the age of 39 with the Twins in CF and as a mentor to Hicks and Buxton.
The "vanguard", if you will, leading the way to the delayed core- ETA 2016.
Remember, you heard it here first.
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03-01-2014, 06:44 AM #69
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...and now your 2014 forecast: fair to very Plouffey.Feel free to pile on about Suzuki.
03-01-2014, 08:07 AM #70
But I don't think it's really fair to ask Joe to learn the position during Spring Training. That's asking a bit much, even for Joe Mauer. Maybe if all of this went down in October, he would have had time to prepare during the offseason.
03-01-2014, 08:56 AM #71
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