Posted at 10:01 AM on July 26, 2005
by David Zingler
Despite possessing the deepest pitching staff in the league, the Twins have been relegated to Wild Card contender. While we all love to love our “Little Team that Could”, it is impossible overlook the organization's inability to produce a major league caliber power hitter.
We’ve all heard the speculation surrounding Joe Randa (too late), Bill Mueller (yawn) and Kevin Millar (double yawn), but none of them would solidify the Twins glaring weakness. Adam Dunn however, would. I’m still standing by Justin Morneau, but he’s in his first full major league season and desperately needs help. Dunn would provide that and much more.
The 25-year-old has hit 25, 27, 46 and 28 (so far in this year) homeruns the past four seasons and reached base at a .384 clip in his career ( 2,053 career at bats). While Terry Ryan would rather join the “Hair Club for Men” than deal his top prospects, this would appear like the ideal time for a fresh look. And Dunn is no toupee.
Dunn is the (hold your breath) legit cleanup hitter the Twins haven’t had since well before Kent Hrbek started doing outdoor shows. Give up Kyle Lohse, Joe Mays, J.C. Romero, Jacque Jones, Scott Baker, J.D. Durbin, Boof Bonser or any reasonable combination thereof, to get him. If they’ll throw in a bag of sunflower seeds and some batting practice balls, give 'em Bret Boone too.
I know you are going to say that the Twins can't afford Dunn, who could command a $10 million salary in 2006. Remember however, Jones' $5 million dollar salary will be off the books next year and Lohse ($2.4 million) and/or Mays ($7.25 million -- yikes!!) would likely be included in any deal for the slugger. There's also always the option of dealing Brad Radke in the offseason. The so-called ace turns 33 in October and makes $9 million annually.
The writing is on the wall, this opportunity is too good to pass up -- get Dunn, pay him and watch the baseballs fly over the baggie.
Posted at 10:08 AM on July 26, 2005
by Ben Tesch
Previously we talked about instant replay and other rules we might like to see added to the game, but what about the dumb rules that exist already? Patrick Hruby lays out the dumb rules for every sport, which includes the following specific to baseball:
Really, why should a meatball artist get a near-mulligan because he can't get the likes of Barry Bonds out?
As for umpires interpreting and defining the intent of a pitch? Yeah, right. Umps have a hard enough time calling a consistent strike zone. Now they're supposed to read minds?
Beanball wars might amount to frontier justice. But at least they're just.
Just think: Alex Rodriguez's first-base purse slap would have been legal. Better yet, Bronson Arroyo could have slapped him back. Or worse. Everyone wins!