Updates

8 Oct

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Part of the allure of doing the SethSpeaks.net Weekly Twins Podcast will be a way for me to provide new content (hopefully interesting, thought-provoking content) and yet with the show being complete, all I have to do is link to it here and you can listen to it, and I can actually get some sleep during the offseason! So, please understand that when I do podcasts, they will be on live, but you will be able to hear them at www.BlogTalkRadio.com/SethSpeaks until the next show. I will post the link to the podcast with a couple of notes/highlights, and then I’ll see if I can find a couple of quick bullet point notes, and then call it a day.

 

With that, the Wednesday night podcast went quite well. After rambling for several minutes about various topics, including what I made myself for supper, Nick Nelson of Nick & Nick’s Twins Blog called in and joined the discussion. Soon after, Parker Hageman, the man behind Over the Baggy joined the discussion. And finally, John Bonnes, the Twins Geek and the man behind Gameday Magazine, joined the podcast. We briefly talked about the 2008 season, but spent most of the time talking about the upcoming offseason as we look forward to the 2009 season. The Twins have a really good nucleus of young players, but there are still a lot of question marks as we look forward. 3B? SS? The Bullpen? The Outfield? Trades? Free agents? Please listen to the podcast, and if you do, please tell me your thoughts and what you would like to see from a weekly podcast.

 

With that, a couple bulleted thoughts:

·         Last weekend, I did a Q&A for Kevin Lewis of a new Twins blog called Twin Nation. I checked out the site again today and saw that he has now posted a Q&A with Jeff Manship, so be sure to check that out, along with Jeff’s Arizona Fall League blog.

·         Jeff Manship said that he will make his pitching debut for the Phoenix Desert Dogs on Thursday. The Desert Dogs were playing again tonight. They are ahead 5-3 after five innings as I type this. No Twins pitchers have appeared in the game, but likely will. To this point, Steve Tolleson is batting second and playing SS. He is 1-3 with an RBI single. Danny Valencia is playing 3B and batting fifth. He is 1-3 with a double. Dustin Martin is batting 6th and DHing. He is 2-2 with a single and a two run double. He also has a stolen base. So, good representation from the Twins farm hands so far.

·         The Twinkie Town Top Twins Prospects voting continues, with the #3 prospect ranking up for grabs. Ben Revere was voted the #2 prospect with Danny Valencia being #1. The vote for #3 will continue until about noon on Thursday when a winner will be named and we will begin the vote for #4.

·         There is a diary at John Sickels’ Minor League Ball site on Delmon Young.  

Again, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the podcast and on offseason ideas for the site, so please send me an e-mail or post Comments here. 

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3 Responses to “Updates”

  1. roger October 9, 2008 at 6:32 am #

    Tolleson ended 1 for 3, Valencia 1 for 4 and Martin 2 for 3 with a double, 2 rbi, BB and SB. Tolleson also had 2 walks. Delaney pitched the 8th inning…going 1.0 inning with 2 hits, 1 run and a strikeout. Expect all the pitchers are a bit rusty after being off for 6 weeks.

  2. Jeff P October 9, 2008 at 8:12 am #

    Thanks Seth for the note about Neil Wagner! The Wagners live down the street from us, nice people who mainly keep to themselves. We don’t really know Neil since our kids are much younger than him but it is fun to see someone from the neighborhood make it this far. I am reminded of your occasional comments about how hard these guys work and the tough odds they face to make their dreams come true.

  3. Bill in Sarasota October 9, 2008 at 6:45 pm #

    2009 Strategy:
    - 1. Attempt to sign Joe Crede to 1 or 2 year contract (assuming he’s not a Type A free agent). He’s injury prone but 12 million for one year or 20 million for two years is a risk I would take.
    - 2. If no Crede then attempt to trade for Beltre. However with a new future GM in Seattle, I believe the trade cost will be too high.
    - 3. If no Crede or Beltre, then attempt to sign Orlando Hudson but I think the price will be way too high.
    - 4. If #1-3 don’t happen, I would try to sign Punto to a one year low contract. Personally I would like to see Casilla & Tolbert get a shot at full time with Harris as the back up.
    - 5. I would avoid signing any free agents to expensive long term contracts and I would hope the Twins spend money by extending contracts of key players or buying out arbitration years of a few young players.

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