October 8, 2008
First of all, thank you to all of you who read yesterdayís SoÖ Now What posting and left your comments. I think there are a lot of great ideas and thoughts on the 2009 Twins. It will be an interesting offseason. I just didnít have it in my to write too much after how much time I spent last night, so today, just a few quick notes. Please continue the discussion.
∑ Be sure to head over to Twinkie Town to keep up with the voting for the Twins top prospects. Yesterday, it took a Prospect Run-Off to determine the #1 Twins Prospect according to the Twinkie Town community. It was Ben Revere against Danny Valencia, and it came down to a very surprising vote. The vote for the teamís #2 prospect is now taking votes, so be sure to go there and make your selection. Sometime around noon or 1:00 central time, we will determine the winner and start the vote for Twins Prospect #3.
∑ The Arizona Fall League began on Tuesday and seven members of the Twins organization are playing for the Phoenix Desert Dogs. The team is also managed by New Britain manager Stan Cliburn. LaVelle posted some thoughts on each of the Twins players in the AFL here, and I left a couple of comments there, so please check that out. In their first game yesterday, Danny Valencia played 3B, batted fifth and went 2-4. Dustin Martin played LF, batted sixth and went 1-4. Steve Tolleson pinch hit late in the game and struck out. D-Backs prospect Max Scherzer started for the team and gave up two runs (1 earned) in seven innings. None of the three Twins pitchers pitched in the game.
∑ Andrew Kneeland from Twins Fix says that the Twins should consider former Twin Casey Blake as a 3B option.
∑ Aaron Gleeman is, you got it, against the idea of signing Cabrera, and gives a great statistical comp to better explain it. He also posts some terrific thoughts on what Joe Mauer did again in 2008!
∑ For Week 5, we had three winners in the SethSpeaks.net NFL ďExpertĒ Picks. Twins pitching prospect Kyle Waldrop, the infamous Marty Andrade and SethSpeaks.netís Missy Lien. At least one of the two SethSpeaks.net representatives is doing well. Iím horrible! If you want to see the standings and who all is on the panel, click here. There you will see that The Star Tribuneís LaVelle E Neal III has taken the overall lead through five weeks!
∑ Tim Dierkes of MLBTradeRumors.com wrote an Offseason Outlook on the Minnesota Twins. Itís always interesting getting an outsider opinion on what the Twins have and what they should do.
∑ Howard Sinker has a few ideas on how to make things better in 2009.
∑ Here is a very good story on the energy/enthusiasm of Rays reliever Grant Balfour who dominated the White Sox in three of the four games in their ALDS series. I was glad to see he did well after he was on the SethSpeaks.net Weekly Twins Podcast on September 30th for about Ĺ hour. †
∑ The Twins granted free agency to IF Howie Clark.
∑ If you are curious which Twins minor leaguers are participating in Instructional League down in Ft. Myers, here is a list (although note that Jeff Manship is on the list, and we know he is in Arizona participating in the Fall League. †
∑ With just a handful of games left in the regular season, the Red Sox called up former Twins farm hand (from 2005-2007), Gil Velazquez. I pointed out that I thought that was a nice honor for Velazquez, who will turn 29 later this month. He got eight at bats in the last couple of Red Sox games. Well, with Mike Lowell hurt and now taken off the Red Sox roster for the ALCS, Velazquez was now added to their postseason roster. Good for him, even if no one knows who he is, and even the Red Sox hope that they donít have to play him in the series.
∑ And finally, the SethSpeaks.net Weekly Twins Podcast will be on www.BlogTalkRadio.com/SethSpeaks tonight at 8:00 central time. I am still trying to finalize a schedule and will post it here Wednesday afternoon. If you have a chance, please listen live. If you canít, please listen later. Either way, please send me an e-mail and let me know what you think. Thanks!
With that, Iím going to call it a day! Please feel free to Comment here. ††