I don’t know if I’ll… wait! I have my flight plans, I know exactly when I’ll be back again. Anyway, about the time that the Top of the 1st… oh wait, Livan is starting against the White Sox bats, so… shortly after the Twins and White Sox begin the third game of this all-important four game set, I will be taking off from lovely Minneapolis-St. Paul airport and heading to O-Town, Orlando, Florida. I’ve got a convention/show/thingy to go to the next couple of days. So, I’m not exactly sure how much will be posted, or how frequently, but be sure to check back.
Thanks again to all those who have left comments or e-mailed me about this WordPress site stuff. Again, I’m very new to it. If anyone has any knowledge of how to use all of these capabilities, particularly if I could do so within the www.SethSpeaks.net domain name, I would really appreciate it.
Just a couple of quick thoughts before taking off (which is why there is no bolding… sorry):
Trade Rumors – They just run so rampant this time of year. Thursday afternoon at 3:00 is the deadline, so about 22 hours, and that may also be about the number of names being mentioned as potentially coming to the Twins. Just today we are now hearing about Rich Aurilia of the Giants. My concern with him is can he play an adequate 3B any more, or will he just be the right-handed DH option and pinch hitter? I’m thrilled to hear that Brian Roberts name is no longer mentioned. I actually like the idea of Mark Grudzielanek because he’s a good player and he isn’t signed beyond this year because I like to think that Alexi Casilla will be back next year (Joe C just wrote that Casilla will have season-ending thumb surgery). We haven’t heard anything really on Adrian Beltre the last few days, but that may not mean anything either. I’m in agreement with many of the commenters here that Andy LaRoche would make a great pickup… Are the Dodgers looking for a lefty set up man??? How about LaRoche for Reyes and Swarzak? With the Yankees acquisition of Pudge Rodriguez from the Tigers, they gave up Kyle Farnsworth. As Joe Christensen says, that has to help the Twins chances of bringing in LaTroy Hawkins since the Tigers were believed to be the other team involved.
In general, although the Twins are contending and competing now, I can’t help be recall that this was a rebuilding year. I am so incredibly excited about the future of this team. The 2010 Twins team is so exciting to think about. So that’s why I am not all gung-ho about the Twins going out an making a big splash. I think it is important in these young players development to experience this atmosphere and important August and September ball games. But then again, what if it were just one or two small pieces that made all the difference? You really have to balance 1.) the opportunity to maybe win now, with 2.) the opportunity to maybe win later. And again, the reality is that the playoffs are a crap shoot. I say that all the time and it is so true. It’s just about getting in and seeing what happens. I prefer the Twins to not give up the farm (too much) and to remain competitive every year.
BANDWAGON UPDATE – Apparently Michael Cuddyer was able to take swings in the batting cage today and hopes to go out on a rehab assignment and be back in a week to ten days. I feel like the one person who thinks this is a positive. I am always amazed by some Twins fans who jump the gun on a lot of things. Michael Cuddyer has missed a lot of time this season and when he has played has had to work himself back. He actually did well in June before this last injury. Then you get a guy like Denard Span, who I have fully admitted I am starting to believe in, who comes up and has a good month and they want to annoint him as the starter. It’s like when Carlos Gomez was bad in April and everyone wanted him sent down. Then he had a great May and everyone was certain that he was the man! Then he goes on a June/July slump and suddenly he has no future. I just don’t get that mentality. Michael Cuddyer is this team’s starting RF and he should continue to be. I think that the Twins can get Gomez and Span plenty of at bats down the stretch still.
Rochester beat Pawtucket 8-3 this afternoon. Anthony Swarzak made his first AAA start and got his first AAA win. He gave up three runs (just one earned) on four hits and three walks in five innings. Julio DePaula and Bobby Korecky each threw two scoreless relief innings. Randy Ruiz and Garrett Jones each had two hits, one of which was a home run. It was Ruiz’s 16th and Jones’s 14th. Alejando Machado went 3-4.
OK, I’m going to be late for my plane (no, I won’t!), so I must go. Keep the comments and e-mails coming! And, if there are any trades, discuss!