Weekend Updates

26 Oct

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The World Series continues. I don’t know if you were like me and waited up until Carlos Ruiz hit a slow roller down the 3B line to end the game, giving the Phillies a 2-1 series lead, but that was late! Then last night, it was a blowout for the Phillies, and tonight could be more of the same as Cole Hamels will try to end the World Series for the Phillies. The Gophers football team won again, beating Purdue handily on the road. They are 7-1. They are #17 in the new BCS standings. Could they be for real? Imagine if they went 11-1, and based on who they play they could. The cynic in my says they have as good a chance at ending the season 7-5, but I really don’t think that will happen. The Gophers hockey team beat Wisconsin a couple of times. The Vikings had a week off, but received news that both Kevin Williams and Pat Williams could be subject to a four game suspension due to steroids. That’s never good. Losing those two, along with the injured EJ Henderson, would greatly hurt the middle of that Vikings defense! Apparently the Wild are doing pretty well, so that’s good. Here are some more thoughts and notes:

·         When you read anything written by Charley Walters in the Pioneer Press, you often have to take it with a grain of salt. However, he wrote an excellent article on St. Paul native (and St. Thomas grad) Buzz Hannahan. He was in the Phillies organization for several years and played with several of the current World Series participants including Chris Coste. Their stories are actually quite similar except that Coste actually got a chance. I encourage everyone to read it if you haven’t.

·         Real GM performs an audit of the 2008 Twins season.

·         Another article on the Virginia Beach, Virginia, area’s big leaguers; Michael Cuddyer, BJ Upton, Justin Upton, David Wright, Ryan Zimmerman and Mark Reynolds.

·         Here is an article about Jason Bartlett’s stolen base in the World Series giving everyone a free taco at Taco Bell. It also talks about his leadership skills. There is a quote from a text message from Kevin Slowey that is pretty impressive. Why? Because it uses the word “verbose.”

·         OK, I am always interested and intrigued by the inner-workings of baseball. This article from the Philadelphia Inquirer is about advanced scouting, something that is overlooked by fans. Overlooked probably isn’t even the right word; many probably don’t even know it is happening. Anyway, this article talks about some advanced scouting done on the Twins by the Braves scout Mike Arbuckle heading into the 1991 World Series. Also, Kent Tekulve talks about trying to find something, anything about Francisco Liriano to try to gain an edge. This article is absolutely worth the read. If you ever wondered why a fielder was standing somewhere strange for a particular batter, or why a pitch out was called in a certain situation, this article may help explain some of that.

·         Gophers assistant coach Rob Fornasiere was named the ABCA Assistant Coach of the Year.

·         These are the kinds of stories I try to find throughout the offseason. This one comes from the Lewis County Chronicle, in Washington. It discusses the season and plans for Twins prospect Brock Peterson. According to the article, there is an assumption that he will remain in the organization and head to Rochester in 2009. What’s even more interesting is that there is a chance that he will go to Colombia this winter to play ball. It is a country that the Twins have never sent a player, so it could be interesting.

·         Anthony Slama (17), Philip Humber (18) and Brian Duensing (19) were added to the Twinkie Town Top Prospects list via votes this weekend. Currently, you can vote for Twins Prospect #20.

Arizona Fall League Weekend Update

·         The Rising Stars Showcase was on Friday night. Anthony Slama and Rob Delaney represented the Twins. Slama didn’t pitch. Delaney pitched the 8th inning. He gave up one walk and struck one out in a scoreless inning.

·         On Saturday, Phoenix won 13-10 over Scottsdale.

·         Steve Tolleson went 2-5 with an RBI. He batted second and played 2B. He is now hitting .405.

·         Dustin Martin went 1-4 and is hitting .264. He batted fifth and played LF.

·         Tim Lahey pitched the 8th inning. He gave up a hit and two walks, but no runs, in the inning.     

Any thoughts, please e-mail me, or leave Comments here.


5 Responses to “Weekend Updates”

  1. mini_tb October 27, 2008 at 8:04 am #

    I was rather amused last night, when, after Werth hit a homer to extend the lead to 8-2, McCarver said the Phillies’ bats are starting to wake up. Brilliant! I thought they seemed fairly awake. (I think it was McCarver who said it anyway. His idiocy is pretty interchangeable with Joe Buck’s.) Remember, both Werth and Rollins crushed doubles off the fence earlier, so there easily could have been a few more home runs hit by the Phillies.

    Speaking of bombs, how about Hinske’s absolute blast to center last night? That was pretty impressive!

  2. Han Joelo October 27, 2008 at 9:34 am #

    Nice article on advance scouting. Interesting comments on Morneau’s defense at the time.

  3. TheMix October 27, 2008 at 4:31 pm #

    Just a note on the Kevin/Pat Williams thing. They were NOT suspended for use of steroids. They were suspended for taking a diuretic that can often times mask the use of steroids….OR it can help to lose weight quickly. The last part is actually pertinent to the both of them if they (and Pat Williams certainly does) have weight clauses in their contracts. They have to keep under a certain weight or, to my knowledge, they can be released or fined. So it’s entirely possible that they were not taking steroids in conjunction. However, for someone like Deuce McAllister, it seems a little more unlikley that he was using such a drug to control his weight.

  4. Beau October 27, 2008 at 4:53 pm #

    An advanced scout can be worth more than ten wins? Give me a break. Few players are ever worth that much. Though Bill Billicek’s scouts may be worth ten wins. Hmmm.

    Otherwise, a pretty good article. While in a seven game series there are way too many small sample sizes to determine whether luck or scouting or a butterfly in China helped the most, I don’t doubt there are very good uses for scouting in such a situation. Anyone can tell from a stat sheet that Harper was terrible at throwing out basestealers in 1991, but a scout could hopefully pick up one some finer details that one could take advantage of in a World Series.

    Over the course of an entire season, a great advanced scout may be worth a win? Two? But in a seven-game series of this magnitude any extra help is worthwhile and cost-efficient (assuming the observations are being interpreted correctly).


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