Friday Update

24 Apr

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Good Friday Morning to all. This has been a strange baseball week. After playing for fourteen straight days, the Twins had an off day on Monday, were rained out Tuesday, played two games on Wednesday and had another day off on Thursday. One day of games out of four. Hopefully the weather in Cleveland this weekend is good so that we can watch three games on three days! The Twins will send Nick Blackburn, Kevin Slowey and Glen Perkins to the mound to face Fausto Carmona, Carl Pavano and Aaron Laffey. These were the two teams most people picked to win the AL Central, and maybe both teams will be there at the end of the season, but right now, they are at the bottom of the division.  

·      The big news to come out on Thursday was that, barring any setbacks, Joe Mauer will begin an official rehab assignment with the Ft. Myers Miracle on Friday, and he will be back with the Twins on May 1. That is great news for the Twins and their fans. Getting Mauer back and putting him into the middle of the lineup should really stabilize the lineup. But more importantly, having Mauer back should stabilize the Twins pitching staff. Last year, he really appeared to have a strong rapport with the Twins starters, so I have to believe that performances should improve. Nothing against Mike Redmond, he is a solid backup, but he is not a starter. I don’t necessarily think that Jose Morales is starter material either. As important, opponents will not be able to run as easily as they have the first several weeks of the season.

·      Forbes values the Minnesota Twins’ at $356 million. That is a 9% increase from last year. The magazine also put the Twins revenue at $158 million. So, if you believe that a team should spend about 52% of its revenues on salaries, the Twins should be spending about $82 million. With the $2.6 million they are paying Mike Lamb in 2009, their Opening Day salaries are listed (by Cot’s Contracts) at $65.9 million. Certainly their revenues will not increase in 2009, and when the Opening Day roster salaries are finalized a year from now, the Twins are likely to be over $80 million.

·      In case you missed it yesterday, Parker Hageman of Over the Baggy, wrote a great article called Award Context: Tony Oliva’s 1964 Rookie of the Year for BaseballDigest.com.

·      Kelsie Smith of the Pioneer Press wrote a nice article on the maturity level of Glen Perkins and how it has made him a better pitcher.

·      Be sure to listen to John Bonnes, The Twins Geek, on last night’s MNGameNight.com podcast. He has two very special guests, and they covered the whole half-hour show, plus nearly another half hour, so you’ll certainly want to listen to it.

·      Rochester Red Wings – No Game Scheduled. But be sure to check out www.CoryHepola.com, the blog of Cory Hepola, a Perham, MN, native who is now a sports anchor/reporter for WROC in Rochester, NY. You will certainly want to check out his Get to Know ‘Em series of videos that most recently have been on OF Jason Pridie and Red Wings President Naomi Silver.

·      New Britain 1, Trenton 4 – The Rockcats managed just two hits in this game. Wilson Ramos hit his first double. Ryan Mullins gave up four runs on five hits in 5.1 innings. He walked one and struck out five. Frank Mata struck out four in 1.2 innings. Yohan Pino struck out two in a perfect inning.  

·      Ft. Myers 8, Palm Beach 0 – Tyler Robertson is back. He threw five shutout innings. He gave up five hits and a walk while striking out five. Steve Hirschfeld struck out four in two shutout innings. Alex Burnett struck out three in two perfect innings. Deibinson Romero went 2-3 with a walk. Ben Revere went 2-5 with his sixth and seventh stolen bases. Estarlin de Los Santos went 2-5 with his second triple. Rene Leveret was 1-2 with two walks, his first homer and three RBI.

·      Beloit 7, Quad Cities 4 – Bobby Lanigan got his first win of the season. He gave up four runs on six hits and a walk in 6.2 innings. He struck out ten. Steve Blevins went 1.2 scoreless innings. Joe Testa got the final two outs. Nick Romero went 2-4 with his first double. Adan Severino went 2-4 with a stolen base. Dominic de La Osa went 2-5.  

 

Be sure to check out the rest of the Twins blogs, and as always, if you have any comments, leave them here. You can also feel free to e-mail me, and Have a Great Weekend!   

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One Response to “Friday Update”

  1. roger April 24, 2009 at 6:21 am #

    Seth, I agree that their payroll formula puts them at or a bit over $80mm. What we need to remember this year is that there are a couple incentives that could be big dollars; $4,500,000 for Crede and ovr $500k for Ayala. Also a lot of bonuses for Mauer, Morneau, etc. Actual payroll will likely end up a bit over $70mm. Also, do you know if they include the payroll for managers, coaches, etc. in this 52% budget? Also, the Twins pay all the cost of the minor league salaries. Is that also to be included in the 52%?

    Thanks Seth,

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