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Posted on: March 17, 2009 9:49 pm
Edited on: March 24, 2009 12:06 am
 

Never really blogged before much but figured I'd start because I have a ton of stuff to say about sports and never get tired of talking about it.

The Minnesota Twins - Can't wait for the season to begin!!  This year is interesting because outside of the big pick-up Joe Crede we are really almost the same team as last year.  The only difference is now the Twins are getting the respect they've deserved all along.  Last year we were put at the bottom of the central division by many sports writers and the writers that didn't put the Twins at the bottom had them in 4th only in front of the lowly Royals.

Our young pitching staff is still fairly inexperienced but showed last year that they have a massive amount of talent and can compete with the best.  My only concerns for this season are:
1) Can the young pitchers repeat the success they had last year?
2) Can Franny come back to form and show his dominant stuff again?
3) Will Denard have a soph slump or prove that he is as good as we all saw last year?
4) Will the rest of the central be a tremendous flop as they were last year or will the Tigers and Indians actually be as good as paper suggests they should be?

Looking forward to it!  For now, it's watching the WBC and spring training.  Hopefully some of the March Madness for basketball will take away some of the anticipation woes as well!

 

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Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: April 1, 2009 5:54 pm
 

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Very nice blog!  Always good to hear how the fans of another team think.  One comment I do have about Joe Crede: Twins fans had better hope that the team has a good backup for Crede (Nick Punto?), because Crede's history of injury is not good at all, and playing on turf in the Metrodome is not going to help.  One thing that I've noticed about the White Sox over the past 20 years or so is that  when they allow a player to leave, it almost always means that that player is about to have career-threatening or -ending health problems.  Britt Burns, LaMarr Hoyt, Albert Belle, Alex Fernandez, Jack McDowell, Robin Ventura - the list goes on and on.   Don't get me wrong - Joe Crede is a terrific player, both offensively and defensively, when he's healthy.  The trick is to keep him that way.




Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: March 23, 2009 12:58 pm
 

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Franny at 90% will greatly help the pitching staff.  I'm more worried about Joe Nathan, and his not competing in the World Tourney.

the young pitchers will be just fine, but all teams need thier Closer healthy.

I'm hoping it was just preventive maintainance, and not a late season problem. 

Ready for baseball, but right now??............ " LETS GOOOOO  WIIIIIILD !!!!!!!!!!    

      
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Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: March 22, 2009 9:27 pm
 

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Nosferatu - I agree with your placements if everything goes as it appears on paper, which of course we found out last year definitely does not always happen.  I'm high on the Crede signing, but, like many others, I have my worries about how he'll hold up on the artificial turf of the dome. 

B-Town boy - Glad you found the blog bud!  Hope Redmond can hold up if Mauer is as badly hurt (or as big a wimp) as some are assuming.  I love the hometown boy, but Torii was right a few years ago when he said that some people need to learn how to play through injury.  Denard is a tough one because if memory serves me correctly, he's never done extremely well in spring training and this year is no different.  Only time (and Cuddy getting hurt in week 2) will tell!

Thanks for the posts guys!




Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: March 22, 2009 9:24 pm
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Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: March 21, 2009 3:22 pm
 

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I will tend to agree about the Twins taking first.  A few more questions I have about the up and coming season would be.....

1.)How healthy will Mauer really be? It seems to be an every year thing that there is some type of injury.  Now seeing that he most likely wont be ready for the opening day how long will this last and can "Big Red" carry the young pitching staff from behind the plate (which I think personally he can)? 

2.) As commented what will happen this sophomore year?  Will that outfield be what we are thinking it will be? I believe Span went .298 last season but I know that was due to a strong start when he was called up for "Cuddy Bear".  I also have to ask what will happen with Young? I think it is good to have four for the field but how are we going to get all of them out there everyday?  Kubel is cool as the DH but what about the rest? 

Just a little bit to think about.......

 

 




Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: March 20, 2009 11:34 pm
 

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Twins are going to be good!! 




Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: March 20, 2009 8:33 am
 

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I am still sulking over the fact that the Twins couldn't close the door on the Sox to get us into the playoffs...  I am sure I will come around once I see the first pitch thrown for this regular seasonTongue out

I haven't read the latest on Mauer's injury status...hope he doesn't need surgery!




Since: Nov 9, 2007
Posted on: March 19, 2009 7:44 pm
 

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I think you're crazy to put the Indians 4th. I love Minnesota but I just dont think the pitching will hold up this season. And if Joe Mauer is hurt worse than we think, we could be in trouble and i'm not near as high on the Joe Crede signing as some. I have worries about the bullpen as well. I pray i'm wrong

My order of finish

1. Indians

2. Twins

3. White Sox

4. Tigers

5. Royals

I think the royals will give the tigers a run for 4th and the sox will push the twins for 2nd. The twins and sox both will probably finish no more than 4 games out.

Peace... 




Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: March 18, 2009 2:49 am
 

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My predictions for finishing order in the AL Central:

 

1)  Twins

2)  White Sox

3)  Detroit

4)  Cleveland

5)  KC



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