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    Guilty Pleasure Player

    This seems like a reasonable off-day topic: who is your guilty pleasure player? It can be someone current or from Twins' past. Who is that player you had an odd affinity for or that player that no one seems to like, but you enjoy their work?

    I'm sure everyone will take this seriously.

    I really liked Matt Walbeck and Todd Sears. I also like Joe Mauer.
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    I liked players with lots of energy and lots of smiles and passion, like Carlos Gomez, Lexi Casilla and Ben Revere. Too bad the manager of the millennium did not like them

    Also liked intelligent players who could form a sentence, like Kevin Slowey, Craig Breslow and R.A. Dickey. Too bad the manager of the millennium did not like them either.
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    That's a fun topic. I "adopt" players every year, usually underdogs of some shape or form. Among my "losers"--Matt Maloney, Alexi Casilla, and Rich Becker. Better results from 2006 vintage Cuddyer, the rookie AJ Pierzynski, Shane Mack, and Scott Leius.

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    Does Neshek count? If so, he's my vote.

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    No one slid into first like my boy Nicky Punto

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    This sounds dirty and inappropriate.

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    I always enjoyed Mike Redmond's flares to shallow right field.

    Luis Rodriguez was someone I thought never quite got a fair shake. Also, as an Aussie I'm parts outraged and delighted that Glenn Williams got to retire after 13 games in 2005 with a career .425 BA

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    Matt Lecroy. Rich Garces. Gaetti 2.0, in his seemingly ageless post-Twins career. Liriano when he was off, because of how crazy he made Gardy. Slama, the most controversial Twin ever to basically not have been a Twin. Not sure if he qualifies, but Brian Harper.

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    Luis Rivas. Nobody could handle a blade quite like him

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    Ben Revere... Now that's He's gone... It's gonna be Sam Deduno.

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    Glenn Williams! He of the .902 OPS! I liked him.

    Recently I've been pulling for Joe Benson. Still am.

    Back in the day it was a guy named Cesar Tovar, he of the .703 career OPS. He was really fun. Managed a 12 year career out of that, too. Amazing.

    And I liked Al Worthington, though I cannot remember why.

    And Camilo Pascual! (though he was a starter for the Twins and not really a long-shot player).
    And Earl Battey (I have to shut up now).
    Damn, so many!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thrylos98 View Post
    I liked players with lots of energy and lots of smiles and passion, like Carlos Gomez, Lexi Casilla and Ben Revere. Too bad the manager of the millennium did not like them

    Also liked intelligent players who could form a sentence, like Kevin Slowey, Craig Breslow and R.A. Dickey. Too bad the manager of the millennium did not like them either.
    I don't see how you can say Gardy did not like Casilla. He handed him a starting job how many times? Very nice guy, he wasn't a starter. I thought he wasn't put in position to succeed.

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    Matt Tolbert!

    Next to the word "hustle" in the dictionary is a picture of Matt Tolbert. He played every play like it might be his last. Which, to be fair, it might well have been.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SydneyTwinsFan View Post
    I always enjoyed Mike Redmond's flares to shallow right field.

    Luis Rodriguez was someone I thought never quite got a fair shake. Also, as an Aussie I'm parts outraged and delighted that Glenn Williams got to retire after 13 games in 2005 with a career .425 BA
    Oh man, I take Todd Sears back in favor of Luis Rodriguez. I loved that guy.
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    Great question! My top 3 are Brendan Harris, Tony Batista, and Rondell White. I also always liked the veteran backup catchers, from Greg Myers and Henry Blanco to Mike Redmond and Tom Prince, but not the young backup catchers like Butera. Lastly, Luis Rodriguez and Randy Ruiz.

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    Favorite players that weren't stars although some have been good.

    Laudner, Shane Mack, Chad Allen, Nick Punto, Michael Cuddyer, Lew Ford.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glanzer View Post
    Great question! I also always liked the veteran backup catchers, from Greg Myers and Henry Blanco to Mike Redmond and Tom Prince, but not the young backup catchers like Butera.
    Phil Roof! Finally learned to hit in his last year, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edavis0308 View Post
    Does Neshek count? If so, he's my vote.
    Neshek was great

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    I'm an oldtimer. Loved Frank Quilici. Also had a softspot for Tom Hall. My alltime favorite was Cesar Tovar!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrentMpls View Post
    Neshek was great
    I still feel he didn't get the credit he deserved, especially the year after TJ. Velocity be damned.

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