Monday, December 11, 2006
Good Monday morning to you all! I wrote a quick posting on Friday night, so today, I am just going to post three discussion questions today. I hope you will all want to participate. I want to encourage your participation, so leave a comment and check back often. Also, I haven't been getting as much e-mail, so it is always an option to send me an e-mail.
This is primarily a Minnesota Twins site, so the first question will be about the Twins. Basically, I am curious what you think of the Twins offseason so far. I realize it is probably not a completely fair question at this time since we are still three months from Spring Training, so Terry Ryan could still have plenty up his sleeve. As comprised today, could the Twins compete for the AL Central title? Would you like to have seen the Twins sign one of those horribly high free agents? Would you want the Twins to be giving middling pitchers like Ted Lilly or Gil Meche the money that they got? Would you have wanted the team to give $136 million for eight years to Alfonso Soriano? Or, do you believe that Terry Ryan has been smart to not get involved in that craziness?
OK, with Question #1 in mind, the follow-up question has to be "What should the team do now to better their 2007 outlook?" Mention a free agent they should go after? Is there someone out there that they should trade for? If so, who would you be willing to trade to acquire him? Are minor league signings of guys like Ken Harvey, Mike Venafro and Carmen Cali the main types of moves that the team should make?
This is a deeper question, I guess. With the Hall of Fame ballots sent out late last month and due to be returned by the end of this month, obviously the steroid issue has been a headliner. Mark McGwire's name is most attached to it, but let's not forget that Ken Caminiti admitted to his usage and is now dead because of other drugs. Wally Joyner admitted buying performance-enhancers. My question is specifically in regard to another guy on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time, Jose Canseco. Canseco admitted his usage and ratted out several other ball players in his book a couple of years ago. Upon its release, Canseco was bashed for the book. But now with a little more knowledge, what do you think of Canseco's book? Was it just a means for money and notoriety for Canseco (absolutely!), or was it a blessing in disguise as it brought the issue into the light?
The final question is this, and please feel free to leave Comments, although, if you would rather, you can also just send me an e-mail. What are your thoughts about SethSpeaks.net since the season came to an end. I have not been able to post as large of articles, and in many cases am only posting brief opinions and linking to several articles. If you are ok with that format, even just a couple of times a week, please let me know. If you have any ideas for future articles, I would love to hear your opinion. Last time I asked, I did get a few great ideas and a couple of them, I am really trying to make work, just need a little more time to see if I can make them happen. So please let me know what you think. Thank you! (yes, constructive criticism is good!)
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