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Twins still unsure of Morneau's return

Posted on: September 19, 2010 7:56 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2010 6:31 pm

Justin Morneau finally is having many more good days than bad while battling post-concussion syndrome and for that, the Twins are thrilled.

But as for when we'll next see Morneau, the 2006 AL MVP who hasn't played since July 7, Morneau isn't far enough along to where the Twins feel they can address that definitively.

"He continues to make progress," Twins general manager Bill Smith says. "I don't know if he'll be back this year or not. As I've said, we're not going to do anything to jeopardize his long-term health or his long-term career.

"Those two things are much more important than whether he plays next week, or next month."

Morneau was hitting .345 with a 1.055 slugging percentage when he left the game on July 7. He had 18 homers and 56 RBIs in 81 games. He was set up for another monster year.

Then, bam.

Troublesome thing is, this isn't Morneau's first bout with a concussion in the majors, it isn't his first bout with a concussion, period. An old hockey player from Canada, Morneau had concussions on the ice before his baseball career started. He was disabled in April, 2005, with a concussion suffered when he was hit in the head with a Ron Villone pitch.

Those all feed into why the Twins and Morneau are forced to take thing so slowly this time. Good news for the club is, in Morneau's absence, Jim Thome has been incredibly productive in more at-bats than originally was planned. The Twins' depth has been a saving grace.

As for Morneau, Smith says, "Every one of us, including Justin, would love to have him back in the four hole."

Question is, when?

Likes: How much fun is this NL West race going to be these last two weeks? ... The Braves and Phillies this week. ... Watching Colorado's Todd Helton play first base. ... Watching Troy Tulowitzki swinging the way he's swinging. It's just incredible to watch. ... Looking forward to seeing Texas play this week. ... Ted Simmons, the Padres' bench coach, with his interest in managing. With all the jobs that will be open this winter, an imaginative team could make a real good hire. ... What a great thing that Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio should be OK after suffering a heart attack following the win over Notre Dame. ... Did you see that MSU-ND finish? If there are any more finishes close to that the rest of the way in college football, it's going to be a fun season. What a finish! ... Lots of good buzz about the new Hawaii Five-0 premiering this week on -- yes -- CBS, but what I love is that they kept the old theme song. That tells me right there that they're handling the show with care. ... Gotta get to the movie theater to see The Town. Don't know when I'll have time, but it looks like a winner.

Dislikes: Get the maple bats out of the game before someone gets killed. Come on, what's it going to take?

Rock 'n' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"Now me and my mate were back at the shack
"We had Spike Jones on the box
"She said, "I can't take the way he sings
"But I love to hear him talk"
"Now that just gave my heart a throb
"To the bottom of my feet
"And I swore as I took another pull
"My Bessie can't be beat"

-- The Band, Up on Cripple Creek


Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2010 11:27 am

Twins still unsure of Morneau's return

My dear TWIN brother, for one thing you need to leave those Cubs. Secondly, you just don't see the WHOLE picture. Where Morneau actually does well at the beginning of each season, he actually does quite the opposite the second half. Just look at the last 3 years in general. As far as money goes, gee, Morneau is poor. Whatever. Just like you said before, when Sosa's numbers were astromonical, like 60 homers and 130+ RBIs for 3 straight years, they meant nothing to the Cubbies. yea yea he was a cheater but didn't see them taken out of the record books. The point allstats don't always show the man. Right Silver slugger award winner...LOL.Wake up brother, if Morneau comes back and shows me some backbone and numbers and the TWINS win with him, then you will make me a believer. But until then good luck with this part timer maybe the Cubs should take him with all of the other large salaries on your team that are worthless also. Smooch....

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2010 9:59 am

Twins still unsure of Morneau's return

Mr. Wizard, you are a either a high school dropout or you don't watch much baseball.  I look at the whole picture just like I told my twin brother. How hard and the approximate place on Morneau's head might have been the problem why he has been out so long. Plus I showed how much Morneau has contributed to this team by the short career he has had on this team.  He has had 4 straight years of 100 rbi's or more.  He is defensively one of the top 1st baseman in the majors. And then starting out this year he has the following stats in just 77 games:

.345 batting average
.437 on base percentage
18 home runs
56 rbi's
102 hits
50 bases on balls
7 intentional
1 error

Now most people would wonder why Morneau would want to suddenly sit out the remainder of a year with those type of stats. He was well on his way to his best season and one of the best in Twins history.  I think you would be hard pressed to convince anyone that he is deliberately sitting out the season just because he is a puss.  Also in addition to the rest of the stats he is one of the most well respected on and OFF the field.  Very good person to have on your team.  I look at my beloved Cubs (and frustating to a fan for many a year) and see the guys that are paid more than Morneau. Soriano, Ramirez on the Cubs. Rodriquez for the Yankees (steriod man), Manny Ramirez,  .  There are several more that make more than Morneau and they do not have the stats that compare to him in the long run and definitely do not have the attitude and the respect that Morneau gives his team and organization.  I really hope that he is fine and that he returns.  If not, then he has nothing to be ashamed for and the organization would be in line for a good ambassador for them. 

Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2010 9:07 pm

Twins still unsure of Morneau's return

I agree MrWizard. He needs to man up. I have been a Twins fan for just as long as you and this guy never seems to step it up when he needs to. Last year he cracks and bats .200 after June 1st then comes up lame and the Twins go on to be like 20 games above in Sept WITHOUT him and make the playoffs. Now they go into a tailspin with him until July and all they have been without him since is 27 games above .500 and ready to clinch the divison without him AGAIN. We could use another bat but Morneau won't prove me wrong and come back. I have telling my twin brother that he is a choker and the Twins need to trade him. If he comes back and proves me wrong so be it but my money says he won't, so let him go.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2010 6:00 pm

Twins still unsure of Morneau's return

Mr Wiz - A head injury has nothing to do with toughness.

Since: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: September 21, 2010 1:50 pm

Twins still unsure of Morneau's return

His wife is from Lake Crystal Mn and Justin was in a bar a couple weeks ago and got dizzy and fell over so i dont think he will be back any time soon.

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2010 1:41 pm

Twins still unsure of Morneau's return

First off, just to let you know I've been a Twins fan since '69 so I'm not a hater. But, I'm an American who laughs at the pussies from Canada. Canadiens don't play elite football, their hockey players are tough guy's??? QUACK!!! Have'em go up against an NFL LB or strong safety then they'll know what tough really is. Morneau??? Catches a knee, not hard at all, to the back of his head and he's done!!! So much for hockey players or Canadiens being tough guy's. Man-up Morneau, you sissy!!! So, once again we will enter the playoffs without Justin Morneau...Thx you pussy Canadien!!! One would think if he was going to return this year he would've already been taking batting practice and getting ready for the playoffs. Twins, trade the little girl, move Mauer to 1st base, and turn the page on that Canadien wimp!!! 

Since: Jul 11, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2010 12:14 am

Twins still unsure of Morneau's return

Ditto on the maple bats Scott!

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