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I generally try to give Twins management the benefit of the doubt. But when they make what seem to be obvious mistakes, I call them on it. An example was the Bartlett/Castro position. If two players are demonstrably the same, I think you should take the younger player with more upside and athleticism. And I thought Bartlett was much better than Castro, especially in the field. So it made no sense to me to hold him back in favor of an aged utility player with no track record as an everyday player.

I also believe in a balance of numerical analysis and scouting. Unfortunately, we don't have access to proprietary scouting reports. So I rely more on numbers than scouting. Still, if I find people trying to demonstrate stuff with numbers that only constitute partial proof, I'll call him out. And I make claims that rely on my scouting eye, such as it is. I long for the day when the MLB runs its scouting like the NFL, opening up information on prospects to the general public. We as bloggers could make much more informed positions if they did.

If you want to know more about me in real life, read my LinkedIn profile. Briefly, my real name is James Mathewson. cmathewson is an homage to my father, who's first initial was C. He was a huge Twins fan, and I became a fan of the Twins in the '60's by listening to the radio with him in the back yard or on his sailboat on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. He didn't know much about the game (when he coached, he taught all the players to slide into first). But his passion for players such as Cesar Tovar and Kirby Puckett was infectious. The fact that my nome de plume is also the initials of the greatest pitcher of all time not named Maddux (and a shirt-tail relative) is just a bonus.

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Gordo's torments will ease in 2011


Rumor has it John Gordon will call less than 100 games this year, down from 150 last year. That's music to the ears of long-suffering Twins fans, who have endured his long meaningless anecdotes in the middle of high-leverage situations, his frequent mistakes, his hyper excitability, and his inability to judge a fly ball since 1987.

From JoeCStrib: Pavano, Hudson and Crain decline arbitration


So that's four more draft picks in June. Not as good as Tampa, which had three Type As and three Type Bs decline arbitration.

Shooter Stuff


Our old pal Charlie Walters has an unusual number of Twins rumors for you today.

Twins sign Hacker


This is simple. They had to offer him a major league, two-way deal to get him. But otherwise, it's a low risk, high-reward deal. Just shows you how much room they have on the 40-man roster after all the free agents come off.


The build for 2012 plan

This plan is not so much what I want as what I think the Twins will have to do. I'm starting with the following assumptions: 1. The Twins spent $98 million on player payroll in 2010. I base this...

Twins Type A and Type B free agents


Type A: Jason Kubel, Matt Guerrier, Carl Pavano Type B: Jesse Crain, Brian Fuentes, Orlando Hudson, Jon Rauch

Blackburn has Elbow Surgery


He has had bone chips and a spur in there for two years, leading to missed starts and some ineffectiveness. Last offseason was the time to clean them up. But, better late than never. Also, Baker will have the same procedure shortly.

Gardy Shunned Again


According to Seth, Ron Washington won AL Manager of the Year.

Cuddyer to Have Knee Surgery


I guess it's been bothering him all year, but he decided to man up and play through it. Michael, I'm sorry for all the crap I gave you on this site.


Are the Yankees good for baseball?

I was listening to the carnage game last night with my son's godfather, who happens to be the best Twins fan of any of my friends or acquaintances. He's also old enough to remember the opening day...

Some Friday Levity from the Onion


"16,000 Diamondback fans killed on complementary rattle snake night."


Cuddyer Twins MVP?

Another nationally televised broadcast, another reason to be thankful for our local TV broadcast crew. Of all the things today's crew said, the most ridiculous was made by the color guy, Eric...

Wimmers pitches five no-hit frames


Apparently he's as advertised--a lot like Kyle Gibson.

Morales, Plouffe recalled


This might not be all of the September call-ups, but they were added before the midnight deadline so that they could be on the postseason roster if necessary.

Twins deal Wilson Ramos for Matt Capps


I like more bullpen help. I have to believe Ramos is worth more than this.


Free Danny Valencia

This is just a quick rant. I just don't get why Danny Valencia is not starting. He's done everything the team could want in his limited playing time this year. He's reached base in all but two...

Morneau to the DL


Concussions suck. I'm scared.

We're Tied for Third Place!


Among Twins blog sites, only Aaron Gleeman, and Babes Love Baseball, have us beat, according to Newsbobber.We are tied with Around the Majors, which is Joe Christensen's blog.

NL Breaks Streak, Beats AL 3-1


Brian McCann was the hero, driving in all three runs for the senior league.

Peavy Likely Out for the Year


He has a "detached latissimus dorsi," which is the muscle in the upper back behind the arm that attaches to the shoulder near the tricep. This is the muscle you strain when you pick up heavy objects with one arm. To completely tear it away from the tendon is potentially career threatening.

Rock Cats Send Three Players to EL All Star Game


Pitchers Kyle Gibson and Deolis Guerra and center fielder Ben Revere are the players representing the Rock Cats this year.

Twins Outright Harris, Call Up Repko


Brendan Harris was designated for assignment, cleared waivers and was sent to Rochester. Jason Repko, the Wings center fielder, takes his place on the 40- and 25-man rosters. Repko will join the team in New York for the Mets' series.

Seattle has some pitching


Here's a note from The PiPress, showing that King Felix has the highest ERA of any of the starters the Twins will face in Seattle. Expect some low-scoring games in Coffeeville. " The scheduled pitchers for the four-game series in Seattle, starting tonight at 9:10: LH Francisco Liriano (4-3, 3.17 ERA) vs. RH Doug Fister (3-2, 2.03); RH Nick Blackburn (6-1, 4.28) vs. LH Jason Vargas (3-2, 3.12); RH Kevin Slowey (6-3, 4.15) vs. LH Cliff Lee (3-2, 3.22); and RH Carl Pavano (5-5, 3.99) vs. RH Felix Hernandez (2-4, 3.50)."

Twins 6, Rangers 3


Scary collision puts a damper on sweep On a night when the Twins would normally be shaking hands to celebrate their second sweep of the season, they gathered in center field around Orlando Hudson...

Twins 8, Rangers 3


Six-run ambush sinks Wilson, Rangers CJ Wilson was on. He had a hard moving fastball and good breaking stuff. He hit his spots. He looked unstoppable. The Twins could barely get the bat on the...


OT Poll: Ultimate party five-CD random mix

Here's a poll: If you could pick just five CDs to put on the platter, and you wanted to just set it on Random and leave it for a party of your closest friends, what discs would you pick?   My list: ...

Condry in a Quandry


It looks like Clay is on step 6 on the 12 step path this organization takes to elbow surgery. 1. Denial of the problem 2. Blame the problem on the player 3. Shut the player down and prescribe rest and rehab 4. Start a throwing program 5. Shut the player down after pain resumes 6. Allow the player to go for a second opinion 7. Second opinion finds structural damage 8. Recommend rest and rehab 9. Start throwing program after second try at rest and rehab 10. Shut player down after pain resumes 11. Get surgery to repair structural damage 12. Player eventually recovers, three to eight months later than he would if they had just skipped steps 1-5 and 7-10

Gady to Neshek: Stop the madness


Apparently, Pat's little thing about the misdiagnosis was not appreciated by the Twins.

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