Saturday, March 15, 2008
SethSpeaks; Who's Reading?
You’re not seeing things. This is a Saturday SethSpeaks posting. I finally got through all of the Demographic Surveys and wanted to share with the readers what it showed. But first, just a couple of notes:
· Be sure to head over to Twins Trivia where there is a newly posted Q&A with former Twins pitcher Dick Woodson. He played with the Twins in 1969, 1970 and 1972-1974. He became the first player in Major League history to have his contract left up to an arbitrator. They discuss several topics including his teammates, Calvin Griffith, the current state of the game and much, much more.
· By the way, did you see the game-winning shot by Blake Hoffarber in the Gophers 59-58 win over Indiana in the Big Ten tournament? It was the #1 play on SportsCenter’s Top 10. Do you remember this shot that Hoffarber made two years ago in the Minnesota State Basketball tournament?
· Nick Nelson analyses the Twins second base situation.
· Josh Taylor analyses the players that were cut from Twins training camp yesterday. The players cut were:
o Julio DePaula – He wasn’t going to make the team anyway, not right out of camp, but again, there are others in camp that he is better than. But they are generally from outside the organization so the team has to see what they have.
o Bobby Korecky – I was surprised when Korecky was added to the 40 man roster despite his 35 saves last year at Rochester. He’s not young and he is incredibly hittable. That said, he certainly got the job done for the Red Wings last year. He could come up if there are any injuries in the Twins bullpen this season.
o Mariano Gomez – Left-handed reliever is just that, left-handed and breathing, so the Twins brought him in. He may stick with Rochester this year.
o Matt Macri – With Buscher playing well and Lamb the starter, Macri now goes to Rochester to get more at bats.
o Chris Basak – Still don’t know why this guy was brought back, but he hit a game-winning home in one spring training game. Twins have too much middle infield depth for him to stick around.
o Howie Clark – Another guy that I can’t really see sticking around. Sure, he can play four or five positions, but again, there are a lot of players who could play for Rochester. And, he’s upwards of 35!
o Alexi Casilla – This one is more than a little surprising. Earlier this week, I wrote that I thought Casilla was probably the best option for the starting 2B job but that he wouldn’t make the roster because the bench is probably better with just one of Nick Punto and Brendan Harris sitting. The surprise to me is that this decision appears to show that the Twins have moved Matt Tolbert ahead of Casilla on their depth chart. Not necessarily the case though. Maybe it is more of a situation similar to sending Jose Morales down while keeping Drew Butera up.
· The Twins game at noon today against the Phillies will be on Fox Sports North. If you don’t get that, you can also watch it on mlb.tv. The game will pit Kevin Slowey against former Twins pitcher JD Durbin.
Demographic Survey Results
Alright, 109 people participated in the survey this year which is up significantly from previous attempts. So thank you to all of you. There was a contest along with this survey. Each person who sent me a survey had their name put in a hat, and I drew out the winner. Well, congratulations to “Craig from Woodbury” who was the winner of two autographed cards for Twins prospects. On to the results. Please remember that participants didn’t have to respond to each part of it, so it doesn’t have to add up to 109. Also, when we get to the areas that people liked or didn’t like, they could respond with more than one thing, so there will be more than 109.
· Of the 109 responders, 106 of them were men… just three women!
· The leading age category was 26-30 with 30 responders. 21-25 was next with 18. 13 were between 31 and 35. 12 were between 51 and 55. 11 were 41-45.
· If we look at this by 10 year categories, we see five under age 20, 48 between 21 and 30, 20 between 31 and 40, 17 between 41 and 50, 16 between 51 and 60 and there were three over the age of 60.
· To no one’s surprise, Minnesota was the home 44 respondents. North Dakota (8) and South Dakota (7) came in second and third.
· 23 of the 50 states were represented. Also, I got responses from Norway, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and the United Kingdom.
· 38 people had been coming to the site for less than a year (and 18 of them for six months or less). 17 people had been coming to the site for between one and two years. 49 people have been coming to the site for more than two years, including 29 who have been to the site for three or more years.
· 78 people said that they check the site at least once a day while 25 check it two or three times a week.
· When asked how people came to SethSpeaks.net, 29 said through a link from Aaron Gleeman. Another 18 said they came from the Star-Tribune’s blogs. 13 people came to the site because of a general internet search, and 13 other people came to the site through “word of mouth.”
More Specific Details
I also asked some more details questions such as what brings you to the site (or keeps you coming to the site) and what aspects of the site you don’t like:
What You Like
· It appears that the minor league coverage is definitely something people like. 55 responded with a general comment about liking the Minor League analysis. 39 people specifically mentioned enjoying the Q&As with prospects. Nine mentioned the Top Prospect Lists.
· Twenty-one people said that they appreciated the frequent links to other Twins blogs (and only one of them was a Twins blogger!)
· 20 commented on the general Twins incite on several topics.
· Ten people like my writing style (which is interesting because I don’t know if I have one). I think that could maybe be consolidated with the 13 people who said that I generally am pretty positive about topics while still being willing to speak the truth when necessary. Maybe the four people that say that I am humble could fit in this category too.
· Eight people pointed out that I touch some on statistics without it being overwhelming.
· Another eight people said that part of what they like is that I post just about daily.
What You Don’t Like
· As I mentioned last week one day, the biggest thing that you don’t like is the American Idol thoughts. 30 people mentioned that as something that you don’t like.
· Along with that, nine people wrote that they don’t like anything that isn’t Twins or baseball related. (5 others said the NFL, or the NFL Picks)
· Nine people mentioned design or layout issues.
· Six people pointed out that you either don’t like the Q&As with minor leaguers or think that sometimes they get too long.
What other sites do you read?
· 71 – AaronGleeman.com
· 53 – LaVelle E. Neal’s Twins Insider
· 44 – Joe Christensen’s Around the Majors
· 36 – Phil Miller and the Pioneer Press’s Twins Blog
· 25 – Nick & Nick’s Twins Blog
· 24 – Howard Sinker’s A Fan’s View from Section 220
· 23 – Stick & Ball Guy
· 20 – Twinkie Town
· 18 – Twins Geek
· 11 – Taylor’s Twins Thoughts
· 10 – The Official Twins Site
· 5 – The Hardball Times
Again, I want to thank everyone for participating in this survey. Hopefully I learned a lot and the rightthings to provide you with a site that you are happy to come to most days of the week! As always, I want to welcome you to e-mail me at any time if you have any thoughts. Keep checking back, never know when we’ll have an update.