Friday Notes

6 Jan

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Good morning! I just wanted to post a few quick notes on an early Friday morning. I fell asleep early last night (not a bad thing!) and got up early this morning, so here are a few notes.

  • First of all, congratulations to Brian Duensing and his wife on the birth of their first child yesterday, a daughter.
  • I was quite surprised last night to read that the Twins decided to release minor leaguers RHP Cesar Ciurcina, RHP Todd Van Steensel, and RHP Pedro Guerra.
    • Ciurcina was a guy who was terrific in the DSL and GCL and pretty bad last year in Elizabethton.
    • I’m a little surprised by the Van Steensel decision. He didn’t have a great 2011 at Elizabethton, but at times, he pitched well. The strange thing, according to Jeremy Nygaard, is that Baseball America posted the releases at 6 p.m. last night central time. At 8 p.m. central time, Van Steensel, who is in Australia, tweeted that he just learned that the Twins released him. Strange timing. (Be sure to continue following Van Steensel’s Clubhouse Chronicles blog)
    • I am very surprised by the decision to release Pedro Guerra. He began each of the past two seasons at Elizabethton and advanced to Beloit where he pitched well.
  • Read also that the Orioles signed former Twins minor league catcher, Australian Allan de San Miguel.  
  • Happy Birthday to Anthony Slama today! Also, congratulations to Slama and his girlfriend on their recent engagement. Slama’s soon-to-be brother-in-law, Collin Balester was traded earlier this offseason to the Detroit Tigers. (This is Page 6 kind of stuff, huh?)
  • MLB is conducting its Rookie Career Development Program this week. According to Jonathan Mayo, the Twins sent Joe Benson, Chris Parmelee and Rene Tosoni to the conference.
  • Phil Mackey wrote an article on the Twins payroll that I find myself completely agreeing with. Most Twins fans probably don’t.
  • Former Twins Kevin Slowey and R.A. Dickey began their trek to reach the peak of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro. The two are doing it for a charity that rescues girls from enslavement in the sex trade and fights human trafficking.
  • Those in the Beloit area will want to consider attending the 8th Annual Snappers Hot Stove Banquet on January 19th. Guests will include Twins GM Terry Ryan, Senior Director of Minor League Operations Jim Rantz, and Twins outfielder Ben Revere. MLB Umpire Marty Foster will also be speaking at the event. For more details on the event and to see how to secure your tickets, click here.
  • The Twinkie Town 2012 Top 50 vote is up to Round 24. Be sure to get your votes in. The voting is somewhat different than mine, and that’s a good thing because no prospect lists that go as deep as 50 should be exactly the same! Great discussion in the comments too!
  • I always have to encourage people to follow me on Twitter, or at least bookmark my Twitter Feed page. Why? Because I tweet quite a bit, and often I don’t wind up blogging all of the information that gets tweeted. I retweet a lot of other people’s blog entries and articles for people to read. One such article was Roger’s Minor League Report from last Saturday. He had a sit-down with Minnesotan, former Gophers and Twins 2011 draft pick AJ Pettersen. AJ is one of the really good people, and Roger wrote about their discussion.
  •  By the way, my plan is to be at Twins Fest on January 27 and 28. I’ve enjoyed attending the event for several year and now enjoy meeting up with other bloggers and fans. It’s also fun to chat with the players and the minor leaguers. If you’re heading down to the Metrodome (and it is great that the Twins are back there for Twins Fest this year after the roof collapse a year ago), let me know!
  • One thing that I would love to eventually attend, and won’t be able to this year, is the 2012 Diamond Awards. This year, it is on Thursday, January 26th, at Target Field. It’s a great even that provides dollars for the University of Minnesota’s innovative research and patient care in ataxia, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and ALS.
  • Check out Parker’s blog on A team building exercise.
  • Quick Update on the Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook 2012 – I also wanted to let people know that I hope to have the book available in the next three weeks. My goal is always to have it available so that people can bring it to Twins Fest and get it signed by players. It is definitely coming together, and I’m nearly to the point of doing the final editing and production. I hope to have more information for you next week, but if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!
  • There are a ton of great Twins blogs, and instead of me doing a Link blog today, I’ll encourage you to check out the NoDak Twins Fan’s Friday Links-N-Thinks and Aaron Gleeman’s Link-O-Rama.

That’s it for today! Feel free to leave comments or more links/topics in the Comments section.

6 Responses to “Friday Notes”

  1. toby January 6, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    Guerra WTF…………..!?!?!??!

    He’s not pitching particularly well in the VWL, but…. wow.

  2. jjswol January 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    Seth, You are becoming the “CJ” of Twins bloggers.

  3. Greg January 7, 2012 at 12:57 am #

    Seth,

    glad your feeling better. You have muchmore insight than allot fo the atrticles in the trib…

    I like your colums and insight.. The players released wonder why the Guerra after looking at his stats.

    Who is your choice for RH releiver to be addedd.

    Win Twins!

  4. Jeff January 7, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    Phil Mackey’s article on payroll neglects to mention the elephant in the room- Didn’t the Twins just get a brand new publicly funded stadium.

    And on the same point, lets be serious, unless revenues are made public and the accounting methods disclosed there is never going to be any accountablility in Major Sports including our favorite baseball team

    • SethSpeaks January 7, 2012 at 9:52 am #

      I’m pretty sure most of the teams have had publicly funded stadiums in the last 10-15 years. I believe he mentioned Milwaukee had a smaller payroll last year (with Prince Fielder) and they had a publicly funded stadium 10-12 years ago.

      I guess here’s a question. IF the Twins had had a $100 million payroll a year ago and lost 99 games, would we be worried about the team having a $100 million payroll? Two years ago, when Target Field first opened, they had a payroll around $88-90 million.

  5. Shane Wahl January 7, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    I don’t understand the release of any of those players. At the very least Pedro Guerra may have been tradeable if they have some personal thing against the guy. Very strange.

    Mackey’s article is pretty good. The wait and see approach isn’t bad and they could be right that July would bring better players available than right now. In this situation, generally only one year deals make sense. Derrek Lee for one year sounds nice . . .

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