Podcasts, Drafts and Notes

1 Apr

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Last night was a busy one. After getting home from work, I had to do several things with my computer to try to make it work better. At 7:30, I participated in my third fantasy baseball draft of the year. At 9:00, I still had eight more picks to make, but the SethSpeaks.net Weekly Twins Podcast was set to begin. So, for awhile there, I was doing both things. So that is why today’s posting may be a little shorter than normal.

·         Of course, if you missed it during the day yesterday, I posted my thoughts on the Twins most recent round of cuts.

·         If you weren’t able to listen last night, please be sure to listen to this week’s SethSpeaks.net Weekly Twins podcast. Despite a few minutes worth of technical difficulties, the show was successful. The first guest was Twins pitching prospect Dan Osterbrock. He was followed by the Twins beat writer for TwinsBaseball.com, Kelly Thesier, who happens to be rooting strongly for one of the Final Four teams. And finally, we ended the show with Aaron Gleeman. Now I have to tell you that after about ten minutes of speaking with Dan Osterbrock, I had some technical difficulties. Not exactly certain what happened. But you will definitely be able to tell when it goes bad, and for the following six minutes, you hear a lot of incoherent rumbling, until I finally hung up and started over. But Dan was gracious enough to stick around and answer another question or two and the rest of the show seemingly went just fine.  


·         Over at Baseball Digest, our Twins writers continued our predictions of the major baseball awards. The series continued today with our predictions for the Rookie of the Year Awards.

·         Over the Baggy gives us a much more in-depth look at Drew Butera.

·         TwinsMVB was down in Ft. Myers, and this is one of the coolest things ever. I need some of these for my site!

·         The Baseball Savant provide the last word on the White Sox, and I agree!!

·         Phil Miller wrote an interesting article on Craig Breslow, or at least a former college teammate and friend of his at Yale. Matt McCarthy played at Yale before spending one season in the Angels’ minor league system. He kept a journal during that season and recently wrote a book called “Odd Man Out: A Year on the Mound with a Minor League Misfit” in which he reportedly told a lot of things that maybe shouldn’t be let out of the clubhouse, or some that may not have even been true. If nothing else, now I want to read the book. Miller also shared more in his blog Twins Now.

·         I’m not sure if you noticed, but I have now dropped the price of the Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook – 2009, for both the hardcopy and the e-book.  


Any other Twins thoughts as the season approaches? Feel free to Comment here.



Again, last night I participated in my third fantasy baseball draft of the spring. It is a ten team, 5×5 roto league. I have another fantasy baseball draft tonight (BB Digest Expert League) and another on Thursday evening. I believe that my final draft will be on Sunday afternoon.  Here are my draft picks. I had the #1 overall pick, which of course meant that I didn’t draft again until #20 (and then 21, and so on).


1.)    Hanley Ramirez – SS – Florida Marlins

2.)    CC Sabathia – SP – New York Yankees

3.)    Carlos Quentin – OF – Chicago White Sox

4.)    Jason Bay – OF – Boston Red Sox

5.)    Kevin Youklis – 1B – Boston Red Sox

6.)    Daisuke Matsuzaka – SP – Boston Red Sox

7.)    Geovany Soto – C – Chicago Cubs

8.)    Jon Lester – SP – Boston Red Sox

9.)    Francisco Liriano – SP – Minnesota Twins

10.)                         Yovani Gallardo – SP – Milwaukee Brewers

11.)                         Jay Bruce – OF – Cincinnati Reds

12.)                         Kevin Slowey – SP – Minnesota Twins

13.)                         Matt Weiters – C – Baltimore Orioles

14.)                         Alex Gordon – 3B – Kansas City Royals

15.)                         Kevin Gregg – RP – Chicago Cubs

16.)                         Jason Motte – RP – St. Louis Cardinals

17.)                         Fausto Carmona – SP – Cleveland Indians

18.)                         Jason Kubel – OF – Minnesota Twins

19.)                         David Price – SP/RP – Tampa Bay Rays

20.)                         Howie Kendrick – 2B – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

21.)                         Billy Butler – 1B – Kansas City Royals

22.)                         Yunel Escobar – SS – Atlanta Braves

23.)                         Tommy Hanson – SP – Atlanta Braves

24.)                         Jed Lowrie – SS – Boston Red Sox

25.)                         Michael Cuddyer – OF – Minnesota Twins

26.)                         Chris Getz – 2B – Chicago White Sox


2 Responses to “Podcasts, Drafts and Notes”

  1. Greg April 1, 2009 at 4:17 pm #

    Did the Rays really steal five bases off of Morales today? Wow — shades of the LeCroy meltdown in DC. Or, were those pitcher responsibilities? (I’m in London and can’t listen to the games…)

  2. JimCrikket April 1, 2009 at 8:58 pm #

    Keep in mind, Dickey, the knuckleballer, was pitching the first 4 innings.

    Morales did have a legitimate shot at throwing one runner out at 3B but dropped the ball pulling it out of his mitt. That one was on him. (I think Humber was in the game by that point).

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