Quick Thoughts

14 Jul

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There are just two days on the calendar each year that do not have a game scheduled from one of the four major sports leagues (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL). Those are the day before the All-Star game and the day after the All-Star game. Of course, on the day before the All-Star game, we are able to watch the Home Run Derby. Although Joe Mauer and Carlos Pena fell short in a swing off against Albert Pujols, it was still good to see Mr. Mauer in the competition. It was equally good to see him not have to take too many home run swings. Now, I didn’t see his actual first round, but I did watch the swing off, and I know he had at least a couple of doubles in there! What about the day after the All-Star game? Well, the AAA All Star game can be watched. The fact that the Twins lone representative in the AAA game will be Justin Huber means there is pretty much no chance that I will watch it, but at least there is something!

The All-Star break is something that allows a little bit of a break for the players (except for those who have to give up their three vacation days for the betterment of the game), and maybe even a little bit for bloggers. Sometimes, you just need a day away. I know that writing up this site daily can be a challenge. I probably put about as much time per week into the blogging as I do at the job in which I actually get paid. But I do enjoy it. Baseball is my life’s passion. Outside of family, I believe that everyone needs a passion. Mine happens to be baseball, and specifically the Minnesota Twins organization. So as much work as it can be reviewing box scores and stats and writing opinions and theories while trying to be somewhat entertaining to develop an audience, when it is something you are passionate about, it somehow isn’t quite so bad.

So for today, I’m not going to write as much, but I still feel obligated to the readers that do choose to stop by my site every day to try to provide some new content. So here are a few little nuggets:

  • First of all, I would encourage you all to listen in to last night’s SethSpeaks.net Weekly Minnesota Twins podcast. The first part of the show, Travis Aune and I talked about the Twins minor league system, talking some about our first half surprises and the goings on with all six Twins affiliates. The second half of the show, I was joined by John Bonnes (The Twins Geek and one of the four authors of the TwinsCentric Trade Deadline Primer) and we talked a little about the book, but spent 20-25 minutes just answering questions from the chat room on various players whose names have been mentioned in rumors. Like the book, we obviously put a Twins spin on it. I thought it was a lot of fun having so much reader interaction and appreciate all those that listened and participated.
  • Rochester and New Britain are both on their All-Star breaks. Rochester is represented by Justin Huber. New Britain is represented by Matt Fox, Anthony Slama, Whit Robbins, Brian Dinkelman and Futures Game MVP Rene Tosoni.
  • Ft. Myers lost last night to Palm Beach by a score of 2-0. Mike McCardell pitched well, but the offense managed just four hits, two of them by catcher Jair Fernandez. McCardell gave up two runs on ten hits in seven innings. He walked none and struck out nine. Henry Arias and Joe Testa each struck out two in a scoreless inning.
  • Beloit lost to West Michigan 7-3 despite out-hitting them, 7-6. James Beresford, Ramon Santana and Michael Harrington each had two hits. Santana notched his 18th doubles while Harrington hit his 24th. Bruce Pugh made his first start and went four innings. He gave up two runs (1 earned) on just one hit. He walked three and struck out six. Michael Allen threw the next two and gave up two runs (just one earned). Matt Williams gave up three runs in two innings. Billy Bullock came in and threw a perfect inning.
  • Elizabethton beat Johnson City 8-6. Derek McCallum went 3-5 with a double. Paul-Michael Klingsberg had two hits. Chris Herrmann hit his fourth home run. Brian Dozier went 2-3 with a walk and a double. Angelo Sanchez got the start. In 5.1 innings, he gave up just one run on four hits. He walked one and struck out eight. Lefty Matt Tone came in and in one inning walked three and gave up one hit, but did not allow a run. Tony Davis got the final two outs of the 7th inning, but first he gave up five runs on five hits and two walks. Kyle Carr struck out five in two scoreless innings for his third save.  
  • The GCL Twins beat the GCL Rays 5-2 yesterday. Rory Rhodes went 3-5 with a double and a triple. Hyun-wook Choi had a double and a triple in four at bats. Matej Hejma went 2-4. Blayne Weller gave up only an unearned run over five innings. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out four. Andrei Lobanov threw two innings and gave up a run on two hits. Dakota Watts struck out three in two scoreless innings for his third save.  

Again, if you are interested in purchasing a copy of the TwinsCentric Trade Deadline primer, it is $9.95 and you can purchase it at http://www.e-junkie.com/twinscentric/product/84822.php#2009+Trade+Deadline+Primer. If you have any questions or comments, we have set up a separate e-mail, so send an e-mail to TwinsCentric@gmail.com. I really appreciate all that the other writers did and have done, so please take a couple of minutes and check out The Twins Geek, Over the Baggy and Nick’s Twins Blog for tons of free content.

If you have questions or comments on anything, you can also leave your comments here.


6 Responses to “Quick Thoughts”

  1. Topper July 14, 2009 at 10:11 am #

    I know it’s a lot of work you put into this site; it’s definitely appreciated! You do an excellent job!

  2. Joe July 14, 2009 at 10:25 am #

    I am pumped to see the book. A few things have been going on in the minors that I wanted to hear your thoughts on. First off Alexi Casilla has finally been recalled from AAA to replace Matt Tolbert. The twins could desperately use him if he returns to form of last year. He was hitting .340 in Rochester but was not taking many walks. How do you think he will do back in Minnesota?
    My second question revolves around 2007 first round pick Carlos Gutierez and 2008 first rounder Aaron Hicks. Both have struggled a lot on July. For Gutierrez this is due to fatigue and tires arm. When do you think he will be shut down? As for Hicks he just is not hitting the ball as hoped. Just a case of him being young?

  3. roger July 14, 2009 at 10:28 am #

    yes Seth, baseball is beautiful. And those of us who are Twins fans find more enjoyment in the game and Twins because of you. Thank you!

  4. mike wants wins July 14, 2009 at 12:00 pm #

    Casilla was not great last year – he had a great start, but didn’t actually play that well. Of the 15 AL 2B with at least 300 ABs, he was 12th in OPS. Now, that is still better than Punto and Tolbert, but even if he played like last year, its not enough for this team to be great.

  5. roger July 14, 2009 at 2:15 pm #

    Seth, is there an injury at New Britain. With Dinkelman, Ortiz and Gardenhire, wouldn’t think there would be playing time to go around. Unless, they are finally going to put Hughes into the outfield to stay? They may then have more innings for the middle infield guys with one playing third.

  6. Rick July 14, 2009 at 2:44 pm #

    Just to let others know that I purchased the TwinsCentric e book and it is fantastic. Lot’s of great content. Good discussion on the players available and the Twins possible interest in them. I would encourage anyone that is a Twins fan to purchase this book. It was a fun read and is great for all the arm chair GM’s out there.

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