Hump Day Happenings

18 Mar

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As I’ve mentioned before, I was asked to be the Content Editor for the Twins Page at BaseballDigest.com. With four really strong Twins bloggers (and another one coming shortly) writing and article or two a week, the job is pretty easy. We discuss content, what types of articles we want to see in there, and then divide them up. It has worked well so far in the two-plus weeks that the site has been live. We write about the roster, position battles, Twins history, and much more. I definitely want to encourage you to not only bookmark the site, but let me know what other types of subjects you would like to see covered there. Send me an e-mail with story ideas.

 

Parker from Over the Baggy is one of the BaseballDigest.com Twins writers and does a great job. He came up with the idea of Morning Doinks. The general idea is to give a Twins fan a good start to their day by providing a quick update on goings on surrounding the team that they can read while downing their first cup of coffee. It’s really a great idea, and I’m glad he came up with it. Parker happens to be out of town this week, so I said that I would post the Morning Doinks this morning. It’s a little bit of work, but a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy it.

 

·         In Grapefruit League action on Tuesday, the Twins fell to the Boston Red Sox by a score of 9-5. The bright spot was the top of the lineup. Denard Span went 2-3 including a home run off of Jonathan Papelbon. Alexi Casilla went 4-4 with two stolen bases. Scott Baker again struggled with the long ball. In three innings, he gave up four runs on seven hits and a walk. Two of the hits went over the fence. Matt Guerrier came in and gave up two home runs and four runs in total in his inning of work.

·         Earlier in the morning, the Twins spring training roster was trimmed from 55 to 44. 11 players were sent across the complex to minor league camp. There weren’t really any surprises in the bunch. Jose Mijares’s name was one mentioned as a possible demote. He survived the cut, but yesterday, he gave up a run on two hits and a walk in his inning. He did strike out two. Brian Duensing came in and worked two scoreless innings. I think we all assumed the Duensing was destined for Rochester’s starting rotation, but with a strong last couple of weeks, the 26 year old lefty could find himself working out of the Twins bullpen. He is competing likely with Mijares, Sean Henn, Mike Gosling, RA Dickey, Jason Jones and the idea that the Twins could head north with just 11 pitchers. He pitched out of the bullpen for Team USA in the Olympics last summer.

·         It has been a topic all offseason, and it is coming to fruition this spring. How is Ron Gardenhire going to divide the playing time between his four outfielders? I gave my opinion back in October, and Gardy may be thinking something similar. Denard Span is an excellent leadoff hitter who is an excellent defensive outfielder and is talented enough to move around the outfield. Delmon Young has remarkable potential despite a disappointing 2009. Carlos Gomez is an incredible centerfielder whose efforts to be more patient at the plate seem to be working. And Michael Cuddyer has shown that he can play a solid RF and contribute a solid right-handed bat in the middle of the lineup. As Gardenhire told Kelly Thesier, “We are going to have some guys sitting on the bench — at least one a game — that should be playing somewhere. And there is nothing I can do about it. It’s just going to be trying to figure out when and where and how. It’s not going to be easy.” Good luck, Gardy. But Twins fans don’t seem to understand that this is a good problem to have. Too much talent is not a bad thing!

·         What would you think of a Twins lineup in 2009 that had Jason Kubel leading off and Denard Span batting third? Is that crazy? Jesse from Twinkie Town took a look at the team’s most optimum lineup, and I think you might be surprised with what you see.

·         Have you ever asked yourself the questions, “Who is the Twins biggest draft bust?” or “Who is the Twins biggest failed prospect?” I know I have, and now Aaron Gleeman has given us his Top 10 Twins prospect busts since 1990.

·         Pat Neshek continues to update his blog, and now has a NCAA Basketball contest going that anyone can enter. Oops! I guess that it is limited to the first 500, and he has passed that. But you’ll still want to check out his blog, just for the funny card autograph situation.

·         Over the Baggy takes a look at some notes on each of the teams in the AL Central, including a couple of notes on the Twins. He includes a FanGraphs article that ranks the Twins organization the 18th best in baseball. What do you think of that ranking?

·         Nick Nelson continues his look at the Twins positions by analyzing Center Field.

·         Be sure to check out John Meyer’s article on which Twins pitchers are Hot and Not this spring.

·         And finally, last night I hosted an AL Central Preview podcast. Nick Nelson – Twins, Ian Casselbury – Tigers, Nino Colla – Indians, Jeff Parker – Royals, and JJ Stankevitz – White Sox, participated in the hour-long show. If you have a chance to listen to it, or download it onto your iPod, please do so.

 

Enjoy your day, and Go Twins! If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me, and certainly leave Comments here.

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