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The G-Man Goeth

asdfasdf.jpg“Our” Matty Guerrier is now a Los Angeles Dodger.

On the practical side of things, the Twins’ bullpen will miss Matty’s arm tremendously.  On the numerous occasions that our entire bullpen seemed to be collapsing all at once, Guerrier was one guy who could usually stem the tide and at least get the defense off the field when no one else could.

However, there’s another part of me that thinks the Dodgers are getting Guerrier’s “last years” as a major leaguer.  For most of his Twins tenure, he would get overused terribly during the first half of the season, and thus lose his effectiveness come September.  Last year, he wasn’t  even overused all that much and he STILL tired down the stretch.

I soemtimes just wonder if middle relievers have a short shelf life…period.  I mean, what is a middle reliever but a guy without closer’s stuff, and without the stamina of a starter.  So, they often have to rely on trickery, arm angles, or pitching to contact to succeed, all things that batters tend to figure out easier than pure heat or pinpoint location.

Thus, while I wish all the best for Matty in LA, I wonder if this isn’t a smart move (financially speaking, of course) for the Twins…dumping a guy BEFORE he loses it, not AFTER.

Have Gun, Will Travel…

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large_cliff-lee.jpgWell, well, the Yankees didn’t get their man after all…

Talk about a guy (Cliff Lee) who doesn’t mind being a hired gun and throwing home life stability (I don’t know what kind of family he has) to the wind.

First, he develops his talents in Cleveland.  When they can’t afford him, he jumps to Philadelphia to help them make the World Series in 2009.  In 2010, he starts out with the “promising” Mariners, but when they completely collapse he is dealt to Texas and helps THEM get the big show.

Now, after being courted by the Yankees and Rangers, he decides to go back to Philly to join a starting rotation that would also include Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels, and Joe Blanton.

What a crazy guy (although, the kind of checks he’s cashing must be incredible)!  I guess if you don’t mind not setting down roots anywhere, more power to him.

Happy Trails…

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Two down (gone to the Orioles) for now…

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JJ Hardy: You know, I’m willing to bet that we can find a guy who can hit .268 with no power, no RBI’s, no speed, and who won’t even go through an error-prone stretch in the field.  Didn’t see him as having an impact on our team whatsoever last season (maybe the injured wrist hampered him all season long).

1013-alds-yankees-twins-bas.jpg Brendan Harris: Came from TB (with Delmon) with all this hype, but failed in almost all respects.  Was an abomination at 2B, couldn’t beat out Punto for 3B, and wasn’t athletic enough to hold down SS.  Had one good month or two hitting stretch in three years, otherwise was inconsistent at the very best.

We got a couple fireballers (Jim Hoey and Brett Jacobson) from Baltimore, which sounds like a decent wager for these two mediocre players.

Maybe I’m just in a harsh mood tonight, but I don’t see the Twins missing either of these guys whatsoever.

How I Know I’m A Blogger…

The other day, I realized that I’ve started to think like a blogger.  As soon as I heard the news that Carl Crawford…

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…was nabbed by the Boston Red Sox, my first thought wasn’t even about the unfairness of the baseball economic system or even the rising of a new “Evil Empire” (the fact that it’s the Yankees, Red Sox, and everyone else right now).

No, my first thought went to Rays Renegade (a fellow MLBlog) and how disappointed he must have been to lose his star talent.  Hang in there, man, it happened to me with Torii Hunter and Johan Santana, too.  The Twins still thrived without those talents, and I’m sure the Rays can too (granted, making the playoffs is a thousand times more difficult in that division).

“Dunn” For

As if I needed another reason to be thankful I’m not a White Sox fan…

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The Pale Hose just signed big Adam Dunn to a 4-year deal.

Okay, so last year the Sox don’t bring back Jim Thome because they wanted to get more versatile both on the field and in the batting lineup.  So, he goes to the Twins and helps knock them out of the division race.

Now, they bring in a guy who can’t field a lick and strikes out even more than Big Jimmy.

Boggling.

Gardy Finally Gets It

ron-gardenhire-minnesota-twins-mlb.jpgOld news, I know, but I just wanted to make sure to congratulate Ron Gardenhire on his 2010 manager of the year award.  After taking second place SO MANY times in this category, he finally pulled in the well-deserved hardward for guiding the Twins to the Central Division championship this season.

Gardy has one thorn in his side: beating the Yankees.  Other than that inexplicable almost complete failure, he is the best manager a team could ask for.  He loves baseball, knows his stuff, is great at keeping an even-keel, and just overall seems like a down-to-earth good guy.

So Gardy, congrats again and hopefully you’ll be bringing home a new trophy in ’11…one with a few more flags on it! 

Thanks, MLBlogs!

thanks.gifIn the spirit of Thanksgiving, I wanted to say a big “thank-you!” to the MLBlogs community for featuring me on your front page.

Like I say in the blog description, I started this blog because, after graduating college in 2008 and thus no longer being able to write for the University Register campus paper at UMM (University of Minnesota-Morris), I still wanted a sportswriting “outlet”.

I don’t do it to vent (or at least I TRY not to…!), but just because I like the Twins (and baseball in general) and think people might find a little enjoyment in the words I put into a blank text box.

I also write Amazon.com reviews, and one person on that site once said that there are three parts of any experience: the build-up, the event, and the reflection.  With baseball, all those three things are readily apparent, and I try to balance my comments equally between the three.  Some people skip the first and third steps to focus on the event, while others just cut out the reflection and shut the mind down when the primary experience ends.  I savor that reflection and try to be honest in my assessments of what I feel to be the “truth” about baseball and the Twins

So again, thanks for the honor, and keep reading if it strikes your fancy.  I’ll try to hold up my end of the bargain as well!

MVPS: More Traditional Than Cy-Young

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New+York+Mets+v+Cincinnati+Reds+EwQ3z5Ejmoxl.jpgFirst of all, congratulations to both Josh Hamilton and Joey Votto for their respective 2010 MVP Awards.  They both would have been my picks as well.

Whereas the AL Cy-Young award may have been a bit of a change in favor of stats (Felix Hernandez winning “just” 13 games), the MVP’s were a bit more traditional this year, given out to two cleanup hitters who flatout did their jobs.

Without either player, I don’t think the Texas Rangers or Cincinnati Reds make the playoffs in ’10 (or at least not quite as easily as they did).  They both just did what a fourth hitter should do: rake the ball, hit for extra base power, and drive in a plethora of runs.

Long Live The King…

felix-hernandez1.jpgComing into this past baseball season, the two most coveted pitchers I wanted for my fantasy baseball team were Roy Halladay and Felix Hernandez. I got King Felix, though it looks like it wouldn’t have really even mattered one way or the other!

Congrats to Hernandez for winning the 2010 AL Cy Young Award.  This year will likely go down as the turning point in the battle of the “stat heads” (Felix had only 13 wins on a horrible team) vs. the traditionalists (who likely voted for David Price or CC Sabathia).  Here’s the way I look at it, though:

Day in and day out, who was the most dominant pitcher in the AL?  Though Price comes close, I’ll take King Felix right now.

What’s Up, Doc?


pitch.jpgWhat’s up? How about the 2010 NL Cy Young.  Congrats to an old-school, throwback sort of pitcher who eats innings, doesn’t come out of games, and has been dominating batters for more than a decade in relative anonymity.

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