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- Michael Cuddyer will certainly be targeted by several teams this offseason, including the Twins. The Giants were interested at the trade deadline, so we can assume they will remain interested. Is it possible that the Yankees don’t pick up Nick Swisher’s 2012 option and turn their attention to Cuddyer? The Rockies are known to be interested, maybe the Reds? The Orioles and the Red Sox are options. In other words, Cuddyer is going to have plenty of options this offseason. After Carlos Beltran, Cuddyer is probably the top outfield free agent. Being a Type A free agent probably wouldn’t hurt him. However, the assumption that he would want to stay with the Twins and maybe even take a little less money to stay could be a factor, as it was last year with Carl Pavano.
- While most talk about Cuddyer, Jason Kubel is another very interesting free agent. He has shown in the big leagues that he can hit over .290, can hit 25 homers and drive in runs. Yes, I fully believe that his best defensive position is Designated Hitter. My bold prediction is that the Red Sox will let David Ortiz go even though he had a huge 2011 season again. If they do, then Jason Kubel can take over as the Red Sox DH and do just as Ortiz did. He can tattoo the Green Monster, and he can take advantage of the short porch near Pesky’s Pole down the right field line. If he did, he would become baseball’s best DH.
- Dave Deland from the St. Cloud Times took the World Series as an opportunity to do what seems to make Minnesotans happy, bashing Joe Mauer. It ridiculously has become sport of its own. In this article, he talks in far-too-much-depth about Nick Punto being in the World Series while Joe Mauer isn’t.
- Justin Morneau is mentioned in this article talking about concussions, how things have changed in just the last couple of years and when the rewards of coming back just aren’t worth it. Very interesting article.
- Yahoo Sports named the Five Most Disappointing Teams in baseball this year. How is it even possible that the Twins weren’t #1… aside from an East Coast bias, of course?
- Bill Mahoney from ProSportsBlogging.com is seemingly offended that Jeff Mathis and Drew Butera are the catchers representing MLB in their trip to Taiwan next week. Of all things to be offended by, who gets to go to that is not really it. They aren’t going to Taiwan to dominate and crush these teams. They’re going there to spread the MLB story, to represent the US and baseball. There are some All-Stars that go each year, and some aren’t All-Stars. Not a big deal. Danny Valencia is also representing the Twins in Taiwan.
- Bleacher Report wrote an article about Jewish players, owners and GMs. One of the Twins players made the list.
- Happy Birthday to Ron Gardenhire, who is 54 today. Kyle Gibson turned 23 years old over the weekend.
- Where does the 1991 World Series rank among the best postseason series of all time? Hardball Times discusses.
- See where Seedlings To Stars ranks Brian Dozier on its Top 100 list.
- Nick Nelson asked the question, “Is Denard Span Trade Bait?”
- There are many reason to Follow Me On Twitter, but I often post things there and not here, things like the Diamondbacks adding former Twins prospect David Winfree to their 40 man roster. I met David at Twins Fest in 2006 after he was named the Twins minor league hitter of the year in 2005. He’s had an interesting minor league career, but this is great news for him!
- The Baseball Outsider wrote about the Twins’ Cuddyer Conundrum.
- Do the Twins or members of the Twins rank in Yahoo Sports Top 5 Worst Teams to win the World Series?
- Puckett’s Pond claims that the Twins Farm System is Getting Better.
- Puckett’s Pond also ran down the Twins Top 5 One-Hit Wonders in their 50+ years in Minnesota.
- Aaron Gleeman posted some more Twins Notes, discussing more players removed from the 40 man roster,
- A Huge Congratulations to “Babs” from Knuckleballs on her wedding over the weekend!!
- North Dakota Twins Fan discusses the idea of Jack Morris becoming a pitching coach for the GCL Twins. (regarding Sid Hartmann’s STrib article saying he worked with the Twins Instructional League team and might consider coaching.)
- As I mentioned last week, I headed down to the cities on Friday night. On Saturday morning, I spent some time at Wings of Watertown which was a great time. My brother and I then went to the Gophers/Nebraska game, and there was definitely more Red in the stadium than maroon and gold. We had a great time tailgating before and after the game, and being lifelong Nebraska fans, we didn’t mind the outcome. On Sunday, I was in downtown Minneapolis for a couple of hours before the Vikings game, but I left about two, an hour before the game started. I truly enjoyed listening to Paul Allen call the game. It was a good game, as evidenced by the score. But there definitely appeared to be an excitement surrounding the first start of Christian Ponder. His mobility and his ability to convert some third downs stood out to me. Those that follow me on Twitter saw me tweet later last night, “Tim Tebow 13-27, 2 TD, Christian Ponder 13-32, 2 TD.” I got bashed. So, I figured I’d take this time to explain myself. All I was saying was that as exciting as Ponder was, and as much of an improvement he probably was over Donovan McNabb, calling his performance “great” isn’t quite accurate. Yes, I realize that Tebow put up his numbers in a win against the Dolphins, arguably the worst team in the NFL, whereas Ponder put up his numbers against the Packers, arguably the best team in the NFL. That said, the Packers defense isn’t exactly in the same class as teams like the Ravens. The intent was not so much to compare Ponder to Tebow. It was just to say that calling Ponder’s performance ‘great’ isn’t exactly accurate either. Some said that Ponder needs to be given time. I completely agree, and I am very excited to see the progression of Ponder, I think he’ll be terrific. Some said I can’t compare Ponder to Tebow because it was Ponder’s first career start, and it was Tebow’s fourth. Yes, Tebow is a grizzled veteran! Listen, like I said, I enjoyed the game yesterday. Allen did a great job of making me feel like I was actually watching the game, seeing what was happening, and it was a great game. Ponder made a good first impression, and let’s leave it at that. He’s going to have a lot of performances over his career that we will actually be able to categorize as ‘great!’
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