Posted at 2:50 PM on July 12, 2005
by Bob Collins
My thoughts on Bret Boone (which basically are, "yeah, he stinks, but at least he's not Aaron Boone!") are in the other article. But the really entertaining part of this trade is the way the local lapdogs reported it.
One theme I heard from at least 2 broadcasters (not paid by the Twins) was this pearl: "this is reminiscent of the Shannon Stewart trade."
Well, OK, I'll bite. Other than the fact Shannon Stewart and Bret Boone both were players for a Major League Basball team and both were traded, what exactly is similar about the two deals.
|Age at time of trade||36||28|
|OBP at time of trade||.299||.347|
|AVG at time of trade||.231||.294|
|SLG at time of trade||.385||.442|
|Traded for||PTNBL & cash||Bobby Kielty|
|Sought-after free agent?||No||Yes|
|Favorite musical||My Fair Lady*||Les Miserables*|
|Favorite blog||Bat Girl*||Twins Geek*|
|*OK, fine, I made this up!|
Gord Wittenmeyer may have unwittingly stated the problem the Twins have contending when he noted in his Knight Ridder report that
"a deal for Boone would be the Twins' biggest trading-deadline deal since they acquired leadoff hitter Shannon Stewart at the all-star break in 2003."
1. Sammy Stewart was a little used middle reliever for Cleveland in the 80's.
2. You have their ages flipped.
3. Are you related to Statler and or Waldorf of Muppets fame?
4. Can the Twins, or the local media, ever do anything to please you?
Brandon, are you suggesting that acquiring Bret Boone at this point is about all the Twins can do to please anyone but the hopeless cranks?
Although you combined the Twins and local media in one grouping, the two are actually supposed to be independent of one another. So that would be one thing they could do.
What can the Twins do? They can recognize that their window of competition is closing (see Moneyball), evaluate their position in the scheme of playoff things, and act accordingly rather than trying to foist off acquisitions of 36 year old, washed-up secondbaseman as a significant effort to win a championship.
I mean, sure, I'm as goosey as the next person when it comes to Central Division titles. But pretty soon all those Twins fans are going to realize there are holes in those 1991 World Champions sweatshirts.
The team has a lot of currency to spend right now. Pitching. Time to spend it.
As for what the local scribes can do: I've stated that on a number of occasions. They can stop being so lazy. They can stop writing cliches, and they can stop pretending that people don't have access to much more information than they were able to get 10-20 years ago.
There have, actually, been a few good beat writeres through here in the last few years, but they've all been hired away, leaving behind guys who've been here for 20, 30, 40 years. Nobody else wanted 'em, I guess. Guess why.
i thought stewart was a nader man........