That’s That for That

30 Sep

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The Twins are done. They avoided 100 losses with a nice walk-off win. I have had so many people ask me if the Twins’ celebration on the field after the game was a bit much. To that I say, “Who cares?” If you can’t enjoy a 1-0 win with a big hit in the ninth, then why play and frankly, why watch?

Yes, it was a long season. Yes, we all need to take a little time to unwind from a frustrating season, but hey, it will be a fun and interesting offseason.  TwinsCentric will again be putting together an Offseason GM Handbook that will walk any fan through all of the decisions that a big league front office must consider. The Twins do have a lot of decisions, and it will be very interesting. We are looking for your help. If you are interested in creating a cover for this year’s Offseason GM Handbook, click here for information.

I will be blogging all offseason, any time there is a Twins topic to cover. To be honest, I do need to find a happy medium, so it may not be every single day. But it will continue to be a lot. The Twins podcasts will be at least once, maybe occasionally twice a week for more interviews and discussion.

I’ll also occasionally be doing some radio. Today at 12:40, I will be on The Fan 740 in Fargo to talk some baseball.

Thanks again to all of you who have frequented this site. I appreciate those who take the time to post intellectual comments and ask question. I appreciate the feedback. It is what makes doing this fulfilling. I want to thank all of the other Twins bloggers who provide incredible commentary. Please be sure to check many of them out on the links on the left side of this page.

It’s weird not having the Twins in the playoffs. I wasn’t terribly excited about playoff baseball this year. However, after watching the end of the Braves/Phillies game, the end of the Red Sox/Orioles game, and then end of the Rays/Yankees game, I am now ready to at least follow it! Go Rays!

Enjoy the playoffs, enjoy the offseason, thank you for all of your ongoing support, and please be sure to stop by frequently!

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15 Responses to “That’s That for That”

  1. dave September 30, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    I hope you are fair but tough on an organization that needs an overhaul from top to bottom.

  2. Keith Miller September 30, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    Thanks for the great reads during the season. I typically just lurk around, but I read pretty much everything you put out. Can’t wait for next season!

  3. T September 30, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    Jim Souhan (as expected) made the same comments on the radio yesterday regarding the on-field celebration. And frankly every time I hear somebody complain about that kind of thing I just shake my head.

    If you reach a point where you look at a group of players and say “Why are they smiling…why are they enjoying themselves?” you’ve officially reached a level of biterness that there is no coming back from .Your ability to enjoy baseball (or any sport) is dead.

    Players have to sit through a full season. And unlike fans they can’t simply go do something else while the season plays out. If they let the losses get to them as badly as many “fans” do, they’d go crazy.

    For me, last night’s celebration was exactly what they needed. Sure they’re season is over, and sure it was a disaster of a season. But they were able to send the crowd home happy and end the season on a much needed positive note.

    Not to mention this could be the final time a lot of those players are on the same team…or in the case of the rookies…it may be a long time before they see that level of regular play in the majors again.

    • DH in Philly September 30, 2011 at 11:57 am #

      Well said!

    • mike wants wins October 1, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

      Agreed. You win, you celebrate. Dwelling on the negative would be silly at that point.

    • Greg October 1, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

      After a miserable 162-game season, I was glad to see they were still fighting and still cared. Plenty of teams would have mailed it in.

  4. Ron Brown September 30, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    Seth, could you do a report on some minor prospects that might be blocked by established young major leaguers that the Twins might target ?

  5. Dominick September 30, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    I have a Baseball question. How can Matt Moore be on tampa’s post season roster, he was call up in Mid september?

    • JS September 30, 2011 at 11:54 am #

      The player has to be in the organization, not active roster, on 9/1 to be eligible for the playoff roster. So you can’t trade for a guy in September, but rookies are fair game.

  6. Nate September 30, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    Something I have been pondering going into the offseason. Would John Lackey be in the right “buy low” situation a good pick up for the Twins. He was good until he got to Boston and since then he hasn’t been the same. Would a change of scenery and getting away from the AL East change his pitching performances? Again the right situation, with Boston eating some of that contract. Happy Offseason!

  7. Jeff September 30, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    I appreciate all the time you take to write, keep us informed and offer your views. Baseball is the most interesting sport for several reasons, not least of which is the incredible time and geography perspective that the web provides.

    I don’t know that Pat Reusse’s column yesterday (“Final score in the Twins blame game…”) does much good. Since the Twins finished near the bottom of every offensive, defensive and pitching category, ever component of this organization is fair game for criticism. This really was one of the worst team performances in Twins history. Having been playoff contenders for the past few years meant that this season was a shock to most of us. On July 27, they were 49-55 and 6 games out of 1st place. It looked like the horrendous start to the season had been replaced by a resurgence and hope. However, the 14-44 finish was a true death spiral, leaving everyone wondering what the short and long-term future might look like. There are some expensive players on this team – jettisoning some of them to build for the future is needed. If they’re going to go after free agents, they should identify the most urgent need and go after that. Trouble is, there are urgent needs up and down the lineup and in the rotation. If I were the GM, I’d build slowly but surely, accepting a few years of losing records. After years of watching the Twins play the small-market game so well, the Brewers finally hit the jackpot this year and the prescription they used works: develop young players, suffer through some lean years, then gauge when the time for adding stars via free agency is most likely to matter.

    Fortunately, baseball is more than just rooting for the home team. There’s a lot going on most of the year and it’s always fun to anticipate the next season.

    Thanks again!

  8. MrHockey September 30, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    Seth,

    How about a contest on what the Twins should do with the batter’s eye at Target Field? That black (hole) board out there is not very appealing and clearly removing the trees did not help the Twins’ batters (may be the opponents).

    There is always someone on the team to kick, Mauer for example–but Drew Butera needs to play else where. I was down on Nick Punto but he looks like an All-Star when compared to Sal’s son. Someone commented during the last game of the season that Butera was sacrifcing every time that he came up to preserve his average.

  9. PK September 30, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    Thanks for the reports all season. This has been a regular spot for me to visit all year. I look forward to following your posts through the off-season.

  10. mike wants wins October 1, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    Thanks again for an entertaining year of blogging, Seth. Really love this site and your work.

  11. BBB October 3, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    I’ve been lurking on your site for years and have always enjoyed your posts. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts about the Twins as well as their minor league system.

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