Thursday May 27, 2004
TWINS TOPPLE TAMPA
TWINS MINOR LEAGUE REPORT
GOPHERS BASEBALL - GLEN PERKINS
WOLVES/LAKERS GAME 4 TONIGHT
FANTASIA BARRINO - THE NEW AMERICAN IDOL
It's Been a Year Already?
OK, so it won't be a full year until Saturday, but I figured today would be a good day to 'celebrate' my one year anniversary. To clarify, it is the one year anniversary of the beginning of this blog. May 29, 2003, was the first official posting of SethSpeaks. (Check it out here. It includes my first mention of Justin Morneau and my first error, which involved my knowledge, or lack there of, about Lew Ford) Actually, the day before, my first entry was what is now my About Me entry. I like to think that the site has gradually improved since then!!
When I started this site a year ago, I wanted to write a web site that I would want to read. To me, that meant it should be something a little different than a typical baseball blog. I wanted to discuss the Minnesota Twins and Baseball. However, I wanted to discuss other things, like the Timberwolves, the NBA, the Vikings, TV and movies. I wanted to show that I can have some knowledge and opinions on a number of different topics.
I know that I lose some die-hard baseball blog readers because I branch into other topics. I would love your input. If you read this site daily, or frequently, please e-mail me and let me know what you like to read here. If there is something that you really don't care for or there is something about my writing that keeps you from coming back, please let me know what it is.
Let's take a look back at what I have written about in the past year. Feel free to stop by the Archives Page for more:
Again, primarily this site is dedicated to the Minnesota Twins. Here are some postings about them:
Which Twins Coach was the Best Player?
Making a Move - The White Sox make two trades, while the Twins do nothing. I was WRONG!
Monday Morning Rants - Morneau wasn't playing, Rumors about Stewart begin
Thoughts on Jim "Kitty" Kaat - thoughts on the lefty and his great book!
Bye Bye Bobby, Good Bye - Twins Trade Kielty for Stewart - I wasn't happy... I was wrong... again!
Deep Dark Secrets - I wasn't happy about the playing time of young Twins players.
We Are the Champions - Twins Clinch AL Central!
So... Now What? - Twins eliminated, what do they do next?
The AJ Trade - a little trade analysis
Dream a Little Dream with Me - Vlad Guerrero Signs with Twins - Dreaming is fun!
Can You Say... Salary Dump?? - thoughts on the Eric Milton trade - I know... I was wrong again!
Ode to the 2004 AL Central Winning Twins - a poem by Seth telling Twins fans not to worry.
Twins Top 30 Prospects - I look at who I feel the Twins Top prospects were after the season.
A Little Perspective - A Jim Souhan article on Corey Koskie reminds us of the human side of the game.
OUCH! That Hurts! - It was just the second game of the season and injuries were already piling up.
Where are they Now? - How are Former Twins doing?
But I also discussed a number of baseball related topics:
Greatest Hitters of All-Time - some statistical analysis of top hitters.
Enough Already!! - My thoughts on the Sammy Sosa corked bat incident.
We're in the Money(ball) - my thoughts on Michael Lewis' book
Greatest Minnesota-Born Hitters - statistical analysis of Minnesotans
Baseball Fan Etiquette - Frustrations with fans at ball games.
CHARGE!! - My thoughts on Baseball Brawls
My All-Time Favorite Player (Non-Kirby Puckett Division) - Claudell Washington
Baseball Movies - I rank my top 15 baseball movies
Negro Leagues - I look at the careers of Negro League Hall of Famers who never got to play in the big leagues.
And the MVP Goes To... I like A-Rod, but not as MVP, not last year.
Beckett: Focus on the Future Star - Before Josh Beckett won Game 7, I wrote some thoughts.
Who's Representing You? - Team USA's Olympic Qualifying tournament roster
Oh Canada - Team Canada's Roster, a team that will be going to the Olympics this summer
Bang for the Buck - My second attempt at finding baseball's most productive players in 2003
Hall of Fame Vote - a two-part evaluation of those on the ballot.
SABRmetrics vs Traditionalist - which side do you fall under?
Weighty Topics - thoughts on the public's overreaction to all the steroid and BALCO talk.
A Look Back: The 2000 USA Olympic Team - the 5th of a 5 part series on the USA's Olympic teams.
I have had some great conversations with other bloggers and writers. I also have an exciting interview which will be posted tomorrow!
Q & A with Seth - I got 21 Questions from readers and answered them.
Conversation With: David Bergner - The Baseball Savant
Conversation With: JD Arney - Reds Daily
Conversation With: Eric-Justman Reichart - Baseball Boys
Conversation With: Scott and Vinny - Yankees, Mets and the Rest
Conversation With: Al Bethke - Al's Ramblings
Q & A with Kevin Cattoor - Victory Sports
Q & A with Jim Souhan - Minneapolis Star-Tribune Twins Baseball Writer
Chatting With The Baseball Savant - just a fun conversation between a couple of guys.
Conversation With: John Strubel - Baseball Interactive
It has been fun to make this site interactive. From time to time, I have asked a Discussion Question of the Week. Readers then have the opportunity to write their thoughts on the topic and I post them. Here are some of the topics:
Would the Greatest be So Great? - Would Babe Ruth and others from his generation be able to pay today?
Who Do You Want to Talk To? - Which ball players would you like to have a conversation with?
All Time Best Lineups - If you could have a dream team of players from any generation, what would yours be?
Your Thoughts on the Twins - the Twins were struggling and fans were not happy!!
Is Terry Ryan "The Man" or "The Goat"? - Again, things were not going well, and opinions were made known.
What is an MVP? - is it numbers, or is it more?
Twins Turn Around and Why We Hate the White Sox? - 2 part question.
Your Thoughts on the 2004 Twins Roster - following the Twins playoff elimination.
What is Your Favorite Sport? - Baseball? Basketball? Others?
Baseball's Economics - We asked what could or should be done to level the playing field.
2004 Baseball Predictions -
2004 Twins Predictions -
I'm also a big basketball fan, particularly the Minnesota Timberwolves. It has been a great year for them. Here are some of the postings I have written on them and the NBA Season:
NBA Draft Thoughts - I wasn't happy with the Wolves selections
Here We Go Again - The Kobe Bryant situation
Wolves Acquire Sam Cassell - my thoughts on the trade that brought Cassell and Ervin Johnson from the Bucks
Now THAT'S a Trade - Wolves acquire Latrell Sprewell in big, four team deal.
Wolves Sign Madsen and Hoiberg -
Signed, Sealed, Now It's Time to Deliver - Wolves sign Kevin Garnett to extension
Timberwolves Preview - my thoughts heading into this season
NBA Predictions - My predictions weren't too bad!
Gophers Beat Duke, Advance to Final Four - I hopped on the Gophers Women's Basketball Bandwagon!
Best in the West - Wolves Claim the #1 seed in the Western Conference
Wolves Advance - The Wolves beat the Sacramento Kings in an incredible Game 7
I also love Fantasy Sports and have discussed my teams and drafts on here:
Fantasy Football Drafts - the results of my two fantasy football drafts, with round-by-round analysis.
Fantasy Perspectives - I wrote a 13 part look at each team's lineups and staffs in terms of fantasy value.
Fantasy Team #1 - results of my first fantasy baseball draft, it was followed by:
Fantasy Team #2 -
Fantasy Team #3 -
Fantasy Team #4 -
Here are just some final, random topics that I have written:
The Best I've Ever Played Ball With -
Vikings Preview -
NFL "Expert' Picks - Baseball Bloggers pick football games. See how that went!
Minnesota Wild Preview - Kirk Beller wrote up a preview of Minnesota's NHL team.
My First Crushes - a fun look at some of my favorite actresses when I was younger.
So there you have it. A bunch of my postings from Year One of the SethSpeaks Experiment. If you're new to the site, be sure to check some of them out. Those of you who have been reading all along, be sure to check some of them out again.
If you have any thoughts on anything, I would love to hear that. As always, I am looking for topics to discuss. What would you like to read on this site? Any comments, please feel feel to e-mail me. Thanks for reading, and I hope you'll continue to stop by for the next year as well. And, if you'd like to tell more people about this site, that would be great too!
TWINS 4, DEVIL RAYS 2
What is the job of a leadoff hitter? To get on-base, right? Well, Lew Ford certainly fulfilled his job last night. Ford went 3-3 with two singles and his 9th double of the year. He also walked twice. So, he was on base five times in five plate appearances. He also scored two runs and his average went back up to .344 on the season. In the first inning, he scored on a single by Matthew Lecroy. In the fifth, he scored on a two-run double by Jacque Jones that gave the Twins a 3-2 lead. In the 9th inning, a Cristian Guzman single scored Justin Morneau for an insurance run in their 4-2 win. LeCroy went 2-4 on the game. LeCroy is the subject of Jim Souhan's Baseball Insider from yesterday. It is just a great article on LeCroy and his wife. They are in the process of adopting two children.
Seth Greisinger got another start for the Twins. He lasted five innings and really worked himself out of a number of jams. He gave up 6 hits and 2 walks, but only gave up two runs, on a Jose Cruz triple. Terry Mulholland, Juan Rincon and JC Romero pitched three scoreless relief innings before Joe Nathan came in and picked up his 14th save on the year.
Just a very good game for the Twins. They needed a win, and they won a low-scoring, Twins style of game. Now they can go for the series win tomorrow afternoon. Here are the projected starters for the final game of the of the series:
Thursday - 1:15 - Carlos Silva (5-2, 4.39, 1.50, .316) vs Jason Standridge (0-0 0.00, 0.60, .083) - 1 game
Corey Koskie is expected to be activated today. It should be interesting to see who the Twins send back to Rochester. I would assume that Michael Restovich would be the odd man out. Even if Michael Cuddyer moves to 2B now, I would think the Twins would want to keep Alex Prieto around for infield depth. He also made a couple of very nice plays last night. Be sure also to check down in the Minor League reports, specifically to the Ft. Myers Miracle update to see how Joe Mauer did in his first official rehab game.
Any thoughts on the Twins? What do they need to do? E-mail me.
TWINS MINOR LEAGUE REPORTS
Redwings 4 vs, Norfolk 5 - You remember Tuesday's game was suspended after one scoreless inning, so that game was resumed yesterday. For the Redwings, Brent Schoenig started the 2nd inning. He struggled through 4 innings giving up 7 hits and 3 runs while striking out 3. Veteran Joe Beimel went the next four and gave up five hits and two runs. The Redwings had just six hits. CF Brian Simmons hit his fifth home run of the year and had 3 RBI. Augie Ojeda, Jason Kubel and Luis Rodriguez each had a double.
Redwings 3 vs, Norfolk 2 - Terry Tiffee had a good game. He went 2-2 with a walk, a double and an RBI. 1B Ryan Owens went 2-3 with two doubles. Augie Ojeda was 1-3 with a homer and a walk. Jason Kubel had a double. Jeromy Palki got the start in place of Carlos Pulido who has a shoulder injury. He went 4 innings and gave up four hits and a walk for 2 runs. He did strike out 5. Adam Johnson got the win with 2 scoreless innings in relief in which he gave up 2 hits and a walk. Jesse Crain came in for the 9th and struck out one in his 1-2-3 inning for his 11th save.
NEW BRITAIN ROCK CATS
Rockcats 10, Bowie 2 - Victor Moreno continues to impress. He started again and went 6 1/3 innings. He gave up four hits and a walk, but no runs. He struck out 6. Henry Bonilla came in and pitched the final 2 2/3 innings. He too gave up four hits, but walked none. He gave up two earned runs and struck out two. RF Kevin West led the way by going 2-3 with his 8th homer of the season and 2 RBI. LF BJ Garbe went 3-5 with a double and 3 RBI. C Rob Bowen was 1-3 with a double and 2 walks and 2 RBI.
FORT MYERS MIRACLE
FRIDAY - Miracle 3, Daytona 4 - Joe Mauer made his first official rehabilitation appearance yesterday in Ft. Myers. He DHed and batted third. He went 3-4 with and RBI. The Miracle had just 8 hits. Manny Tejada went 5 2/3 innings. He gave up just 3 hits and one earned run. He walked none and struck out five. Erik Lohse went 2 innings and gave up four hits and 2 runs while striking out 3.
THE SWING OF THE QUAD CITIES
FRIDAY - Swing 6, Wisconsin 5 - 3B Omar Burgos has been remarkable since coming to the Quad Cities recently. After going 4-5 on Tuesday, Burgos went 3-4 yesterday was a double and 2 RBI. He now has 23 at bats and has 11 hits (.478). C Kyle Phillips went 1-4 but had a 2 run homer, his fourth of the year. Chris Schutt started and went 3 innings. He gave up 8 hits and 2 walks for five runs (4 earned). He struck out 3. Jon Uhl pitched three innings and somehow pitched around two hits and three walks to not give up a run. Billy Mauer went 1 2/3 innings. He gave up a hit and a walk and struck out two. Levale Speigner got the win to improve to 2-2. In 1 1/3 innings, he got four outs, 3 on strikeouts.
Any questions or comments on the Twins minor league system, e-mail me.
GOPHERS BASEBALL - GLEN PERKINS
Glen Perkins will be on the mound when the Minnesota Gophers try to win the Big 10 baseball tournament. The sophomore lefty is the team's best pitcher and a likely first round pick in the June baseball draft which is in about two weeks. Going into the season, it was believed that he could be a 3rd or 4th round pick, but now he is being discussed as a first round pick. Because the Twins have the 20th, 22nd and 25th overall picks, it is very possible that they would use one of those picks on Perkins. Will Kimmey is an excellent writer for Baseball America magazine who writes a lot about college baseball. I asked him about Glen Perkins. Here is what he said:
Perkins has shown improved command of an 88-92 mph fastball and a changeup that tails away from righthanded hitters. It's a pitch he developed when he sat out his true freshman year because of academic problems. Both pitches can be plus pitches, and Perkins also throws a curveball that's average to above. He's never lost a Big 10 game, going 15-0 in two seasons. Oh, and he's lefthanded, which could alleviate any concerns about his 5-foot-11, 190-pound frame. All that makes him attractive to the Twins with one of their five choices before the second round.
WOLVES AND LAKERS - GAME 4
GAME 4 stays in LA. These two teams will play again on tonight, again at 8:00 central time. I am liking that start time far better than those 9:30 start times the first two rounds!!!
It is being called a must win game for the Timberwolves. Technically, that isn't true. If they would be able to win Game 5 in Minnesota, they would still have a chance to win Game 6 on the road. But, basically, it really is a must-win for the Wolves if they have any chance of advancing to the Finals.
The Lakers are really good. The Wolves absolutely have their work cut out for them. They will have to come out with the effort they had in Game 2 or even Game 7 of the previous series to have a chance to steal back home-court advantage. Hopefully Sam Cassell will be able to play, but I wish he would have seen what made the Wolves successful with him on the bench in game 2. What was that? Ball movement. None of this Cassell backing people down. Just good team basketball.
Do you have any thoughts on tonight's game? Can the Wolves win Game 4? Send me an e-mail.
AMERICAN IDOL THOUGHTS
Last night, Fox made the American Idol finale into a two-hour showcase. The first forty minutes was kind of like a red-carpet show. Christina Christian was interviewing some celebrities and Jennifer Love Hewitt (I heart her!) was introducing outdoor performances. LaToya London, George Huff and Jasmine Trias each performed out there. And then they went inside the building. They caught up with Diana Degarmo and Fantasia Barrino as they were getting ready for the show. They showed each footage of the people of their hometowns supporting them. Clay Aiken was in Greensboro, NC, with Fantasia's fans. The lovely Kimberly Caldwell was in the Georgia Dome with Diana's fans.
As always, I really enjoyed the performance by the 12 finalists. It was just a reminder of each of them and their individual talents. I also like that they bring in the former Idol winners, Kelly Clarkson (she was looking quite lovely, huh?) and Ruben Studdard, to sing a song with the two finalists. It is almost like the passing of the torch, or at least a way to remember the past.
Then both Diana and Fantasia sang one more song. I should have figured it out right then. Diana Degarmo chose to sing "I Believe", the song which will shortly become a single for the winner. Well, they wouldn't have her sing the song twice now, would they? So, when the time came for them to announce the winner, Fantasia Barrino became the newest American Idol. Then she took the stage and sang "I Believe". It was really pretty touching because can you even imagine your dreams coming true, your eyes sweating and then singing a song that was written about finally achieving your goals?
I am OK with Fantasia winning the competition. I think that both Fantasia and Diana will be successful. Their albums will both have high sales numbers. I also believe that LaToya London will be the finalist who has the most staying power.
So what do you think? It was another great season of American Idol (although I disagree with the judges who say this was the best season as far as talent) Who should have won? E-mail me.
That is it for today. Have yourself a great Thursday! It's Pay Day for me!! As always, if you have any questions or comments on anything, please e-mail me.
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