Good morning, All!
Today, I will keep things
fairly brief as more and more work was done on my home computer. So,
I don't even know if "randomness" is a word or not (spell check
likes it), but I'll just touch on a number of topics that I have
found interesting and hope you will too.
If you have any questions on
anything; if you have comments on the Twins, some players, the
playoffs or anything else; if you have any ideas for possible topics
send me an e-mail.
ANALYSIS OF MY ANALYSIS
But first I want to link to a
site that I was just made aware of by David Wintheiser
(thanks David!) called
Management of Baseball. It is a site written by Jeff
Angus to show that "almost everything you need to know
about Management you can learn from baseball."
On Monday, I wrote a second
article giving the details of a Johan
Santana's masterful 8-inning outing on Sunday against the Orioles.
I showed the number of pitches he threw, the types of pitches, the
count on which he threw them and more to show how he dominated the
Orioles. Jeff came to this article because
Aaron Gleeman posted
a link to it yesterday (Thanks, Aaron!). He broke down the entire
article I wrote and, piece by piece, statistic by statistic,
analyzed the numbers I used and my comments. (Please
click here to read the full article!)
Seriously, this is one of them
most interesting blog entries that I have ever read. Maybe because
it analyzes my writing like I've never had done before (which I
love!). Constructive criticism is great! Maybe it is because I am
almost naturally an analyst; because I love statistics and I love
interpreting what they say. I won't post much of it here because
so much good analysis by Mr. Angus. Here is probably my
favorite part, starting with my thoughts and numbers, followed by
And then what he does is takes
my information and analysis, combined with his analysis, and takes
it outside of the baseball world and into a practical, "real life"
setting. He mentions that my analysis and style fits nicely into a
basic three-step means of analyzing any situation.
I'd like to thank Jeff
Angus for checking out my site and then taking the time to
analyze it. I think this is a great read and will now be reading his
site daily (after looking at some of his previous postings as
Check it out here. And, for the record, I have NO HTML
What do you think?
Just to give you a little
update on my computer. Last night, good friend and computer guru,
Jay DeBoer again came out and helped me (ok, I didn't do much
but stare in astonishment at what he was doing) fix the computer. We
were able to take care of the adware problems. Then, finally, a good
virus scan was able to be downloaded. I ran that and found 62
infected files, which I deleted. So, things should be far better on
my computer. I am already seeing an improvement in its performance.
Next week, I will be getting a cable modem and should be all happy
then! Thanks again for all of your patience and a special thank you
to Jay for spending so much time figuring this all out!
I'm going to start out with a
few Twins topics for discussion.
I am happy to say that my
cousin-in-law, Jason Bain, and I split four strips of tickets
for the 2004 Twins playoffs. It is quite the expenditure, but should
the Twins lose out in the ALDS, we will have the majority of the
money returned to us. But, if we're being honest, we want the Twins
to make the World Series (and win!), and we want to be there, so it
will be well worth it! Go to
www.TwinsBaseball.com to order your tickets today!
The Twins did exactly what
they wanted to do in this series. Sure, they would have liked to win
a couple of games to take the series, but by winning the Monday
night game, they clinched the division. At this point, the Twins
will try to win as many games as they can (in order to get home
field advantage in the ALDS), but they will tie that in with 1.)
setting up their pitching rotation to allow Johan Santana to
pitch Game 1 and Brad Radke to pitch Game 2 and 2.) make sure
that their regulars are healthy and rested heading into postseason.
OK, so it isn't really his
major league debut, but tonight JD Durbin will be making his
first big league start for the Twins in Cleveland against the
Indians. I know I'm excited. Remember
his first start at AAA Rochester? If he can duplicate that
effort, I will be impressed! I may have to track his outing!
Jacque Jones is not
hitting at all. I like how he "broke his 0-21 slump" with a home run
last night. Right... now that he's 1-22, he's out of the slump,
right? Last night, in the 8th inning, Jones' spot in the order came
up in a big situation. Hard-throwing lefty Damaso Marte was
pitching for the Sox. Jones simply can not hit left-handed pitching.
The Twins had righties Lew Ford and Michael Restovich
on the bench, available to hit. Also, Jose Offerman, a player
specifically on the roster for pinch-hitting was available. So, who
did Ron Gardenhire have hit? Of course, his boy, Jacque
Jones. I appreciate Gardy's loyalty, but that situation screamed
for a pinch hitter, if nothing else to prepare Offerman or Ford for
pinch-hitting duties that either/or could have in the playoffs.
I think we all understand that
Jones will/should be traded in the offseason. Next year, I am liking
the idea of platooning Kubel and Restovich in right field.
Kubel can hit, period. Restovich can crush left-handed pitching.
Kubel is the bigger prospect and should be playing four out of five
games next year. Between Shannon Stewart, Lew Ford,
Jason Kubel and Michael Restovich, the left field, right
field and designated hitters should be filled, with Ford
occasionally giving Torii Hunter a day off in center.
KUBEL IS COOL!
Have I mentioned that I am a
big fan of Jason Kubel? After hitting his first bit league
home on Tuesday night (with two other hits), Kubel went 2-4 last
night with his second home run! His stance, timing mechanism and
swing are all so fluid. He is going to be a major star!
Guillen wants him!
Baseball Tonight Switch
I am in agreement with all of
the bloggers out there who find the Baseball Tonight crew almost
impossible to watch (With the exception of Peter Gammons, of
course). But I do watch it every day to keep up with what is going
on in the world of baseball, and sometimes to be frustrated by the
dumb things that Karl Ravech or Jeff Brantley say. But
last night's episode was AWESOME. They sent Harold Reynolds
to Fenway Park and he took on the roles of clubhouse attendant and
then of a ball boy during the game. On Baseball Tonight, the Red Sox
clubhouse attendant, Pookie Jackson, was in studio, along
one of the team's ball girls, Kelly Barons. Nice
choice. Holy Wow, is Ms Barons an attractive individual! Also, she
sounds very intelligent and knowledgeable about the game. She plays
college softball at Regis College (and is a sophomore).
Yeah, we (as in me) really like her. Seriously...
how perfect is this woman?! Kelly, if you happen to find
this site, PLEASE
The Role of Bloggers
Bob Von Sternberg of
the Minneapolis Star-Tribune
wrote a very interesting article on the blog (From
Geek to Chic: Blogs Gain Influence). This isn't a baseball
blog article and doesn't even have anything to do with sports, but
it does tell us just how powerful the world of blogging can be, or
even, has become. When CBS officials didn't verify the validity of
the source documents last week, it was a blogger who first
questioned it. A blogger from
FreeRepublic.com first questioned the story's validity, and
a mainstream writer took that information and used his resources to
break the story wide open. That is just one example of what a
blogger can be. According to the article, there are currently 2.4 to
4 million blogs on the internet and they expect 10 million blogs in
2005. I realize that you come to a baseball blog like this one for
baseball information. But there are blogs of all types. Here is
list of political blogs.
Today the Twins Geek discusses
importance (or lack thereof) of home field advantage in the
playoffs. Yesterday, he wrote a great
article discussing the 2005 Chicago White Sox. He takes a
look at the roster and contract situations of their players. It is
AARON'S BASEBALL BLOG
Aaron Gleeman continues to put
out great postings every day. On his own web site, he has been
his thoughts on baseball, the Twins, poker, football and
television. Oh, and
on Johan Santana, the Official Pitcher of
Aaron's Baseball Blog.
Oh, and he also writes an article for
The Hardball Times and takes a regular college class load!
Ryan Maus and John
Betzler write great Twins thoughts every day. Yesterday, they
also began a series called Playoff
Perspectives in which they will keep us updated on
the scores and new surrounding the Twins potential playoff
opponents. Check it
I think it is fair to say that
Batgirl is getting some major recognition from all over the place.
Recently, she composed
an article for ESPN.com Page 2! Her style of writing is
different from anything else you will fine. It is thoughtful, fun
and very entertaining. But it is also full of substance. She
answered a bunch of
questions to be answered yet this season. Also, she is not a
fan of the Chicago White Sox!
THE BASEBALL BOYS
They're back! His most recent
article discusses the
struggles of JC Romero, something I appreciate!
THE BAD TWIN
After quite a hiatus, Anthony
is back. He has written a
number of quality postings
in the last week on the Twins win streak, Johan Santana and
the Twins youngsters.
STICK AND BALL GUY
One of the new Twins sites, it
covers the Twins, Vikings and much more. A recent article discusses
whether Cristian Guzman is having a good year or not.
LAY IT ON THE LINE
Another new blog. It is
definitely a Minnesota sports blog as already he has discussed the
Twins, Vikings and Timberwolves and more!
THE 7TH ANGEL
This is a site I just linked
to last night, but it is very good. Primarily Andrew discusses the
Twins, but we have also exchanged a number of e-mails on television
shows the last couple of days, specifically on the great show,
current posting is very interesting to me. He looks at the
lineup that the Twins put out there against the White Sox on Tuesday
night and compares it with the Twins Opening Day lineup. Just three
of the ten players started both games.
DICKIE THON TWINS FAN FORUM
And, of course, for the best
Twins talk and discussion around, check out
Dickie Thon Twins Fan Forum. Current Discussions include:
Quotes by or about the Twins
AL Cy Young Talk
Stop by and check out the
discussion. The people there are great, so feel free to participate
and post your thoughts.
There are a number of Twins sites out there that are
great. These are the ones that I am aware of. If there are more,
please e-mail me
and tell me so I can link to them. Thanks!
On that note, it is getting late! Have yourself a
great day. As always, please feel free to
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