Archive for February, 2010

Mauer Commercial for MLB ’10: The Show

February 28, 2010

Probably the most personality I’ve ever seen Joe Mauer display. How many takes do you think it took for them to complete this commercial? “Joe, we want some more feeling when you say ‘Dude, we went fishing in Cabo!’” Like most baseball players, he looks very odd without a baseball cap, catching helmet, or batting helmet. Women seriously find him hot? Don’t they know that this guy below is the hottest catcher on the Twins’ 40-man roster? Well…at least according to my girlfriend.

Hint: That’s not Wilson Ramos.

Mauer and Thome Stuck at Complex

February 24, 2010

Disclaimer

Late Tuesday afternoon, there were reports coming from the Minnesota Twins’ spring training complex in Fort Myers, FL that catcher Joe Mauer and designated hitter Jim Thome were stuck waiting outside a door that led to the players’ parking lot for over two hours. Were they trapped inside, or stuck in a crowd of autograph seekers?

No. They both were trying to let the other person leave the building first.

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Closer Music

February 21, 2010

STAND UP AND SHOUT!

Well, at least that’s what Joe Nathan and the Twins want us to do during a save situation. Every closer has some sort of music that blasts over their home park’s loudspeakers to pump up the closer, the fans, and let everyone know, “We’re only 3 outs away from winning this game, then we can celebrate even more!” Sometimes, the music causes chills to run down your spine. Maybe you become super-pumped to see a legitimate star (or Mike MacDougal, hehe) enter the game. Or if you’re visiting another ballpark, maybe you have fear knowing that your team is so close to losing the game. Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” for Mariano Rivera and Billy Wagner, “Hells Bells” for Trevor Hoffman, Steel Dragon’s “Stand Up And Shout” for Joe Nathan. If it sounds menacing, it’s probably someone’s entrance music.

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Argh

February 18, 2010

I am such a hypocrite.

After telling my parents that I had almost no interest in watching the Olympics, I’ve watched at least one event every single day this week. I have to admit, it’s partially my roommate’s fault since he’s really interested, but also mine since I refuse to leave the room. I’ve mainly watched curling (my roommate’s favorite), but I’ve also seen a bit of downhill skiing (watched Lindsey Vonn’s gold medal and Julia Mancuso’s silver), snowboard halfpipe (Shaun White’s gold medal), and of course, John Shuster’s rampant choking for the men’s curling.

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Out of Options

February 16, 2010

Today, MLB Trade Rumors posted a list of all players that are heading into the 2010 season that have less than 5 years of service time and are also out of options. The Twins currently have 5 players that must make the 25-man roster or risk being claimed off waivers by another team, although it appears that only one is actually in danger of leaving the team. Can you guess which one, considering the options are Scott Baker, Clay Condrey, Alexi Casilla, Brendan Harris, and Delmon Young?

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Quick Update

February 13, 2010

Hey everybody. Just a quick update on jersey number changes, courtesy of La Velle E. Neal III (via Twitter). Jose Morales has switched from 58 to 26, Trevor Plouffe from 1 to 24 (which we can make the assumption that Orlando Hudson will be 1), Danny Valencia has chosen 19, and as I mentioned before, Alexi Casilla from 25 to 12 so Jim Thome could wear 25. I’ve updated the jersey numbers on the 40-man roster in the right column below.

Nick Punto Day, Pt. 2

February 11, 2010

As you saw in Part 1, I let some of my friends drop some opinions on our very own Little Nicky Punto. Now, it’s my turn to complete my promise of giving a little extra, just like our little infielder does every single day on the baseball diamond. As recently as 2 years ago, I would call Nick Punto my favorite Twin. Why? Because when I played baseball in high school (and sports in general), I felt that he defined the type of player that I was. I had only average speed, wasn’t a good hitter (consistently, at least…I was good one season, bad the next, but never had any power), wasn’t a good fielder (so I stuck in the outfield), had a poor arm, etc. The only thing I had going for me was my hustle and high baseball IQ. Time for a quick story. I hustled so much, I was once speared by the high school varsity fence during batting practice. I chased after a fly ball, forgot how close I was to the fence, and ended up bent over at the waist, hat and glove askew, stuck on the top of the 3 1/2 foot fence. As my varsity coach said, “Bryz! This is batting practice! You don’t need to give 100 percent!”

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Nick Punto Day, Pt. 1

February 11, 2010

Courtesy of Andrew Kneeland from Twins Target, February 12th is officially Nick Punto Day. You probably will see very similar posts among my peers in Twins Blogitory, but I decided to put a little spin on my post. You see, I figured it wouldn’t be very hard to write about my opinion of Punto, so I felt like giving a little extra to you, just like Punto always gives a little extra on the field. Therefore, I went to my buddies in the Facebook group “1,000,000 MINNESOTA TWINS FANS!!!” and some other people I know to give me their opinions on Punto as well. As a result, this is what you will read here, the posts sent to me from people around the state of Minnesota that don’t always get their opinions heard. Each post will be proceeded by the author’s name and my connection to them.

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We Need (A) Backup!

February 10, 2010

Well, the Twins don’t need backup, but I’m willing to bet that a large sum of Twins fans wouldn’t mind bringing in someone else to be the 4th-5th outfielder on the team. Right now, I don’t think anyone, even those in the front office know who will fill this spot on the roster. It wasn’t helpful when the team shot themselves in the foot (feet?) by putting only one outfielder on the 40-man roster but not a regular on the 25-man roster last year (Jason Pridie) and having only 4 additional outfielders as regulars on the 25-man roster, of which only one rates well defensively and he’s not even playing his best position (Denard Span), one probably would rate better with a position change as well (Delmon Young), and the other two are just plain bad (Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel).

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What Are They Thinking?

February 9, 2010

Well this was a surprise. According to mlb.com’s Kelly Thesier, the Twins just announced that OF Jason Pridie was claimed off waivers by the New York Mets to make room for Orlando Hudson. Also, in a separate move, they signed OF Jacque Jones (we all remember him, of course) to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

I know that Pridie wasn’t going to be a great option for the major league team, but he would have been adequate since he would have only been a backup. Plus, this leaves only 4 outfielders on the 40-man roster, 3 of which are very below average defensively. Unless Jones amazes the coaching staff in spring training, I doubt he’s the answer for backing up Denard Span in center field. In fact, I see his signing as more of a “What the hell? It’s worth a shot” kind of transaction. He hasn’t hit well since 2007 with the Cubs, but even then his power evaporated that season. If he really is replacing Jason Pridie, I feel like the Twins should have just stuck with the young guy instead of taking a gamble on someone who is 35 and most likely past his prime.

There still is Nick Punto and/or Matt Tolbert to fill what might have been Pridie’s role, or even Michael Cuddyer *shudder* but I would have preferred to see an actual legitimate center fielder on the roster in 2010 as insurance in case Span gets hurt. I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see what happens between now and the beginning of the season.


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