Posted at 9:58 AM on August 1, 2005
by Ben Tesch
So the trade deadline came and went, and the Twins didn't fire the gun. Apparently they were all over the phones, but in the end we've got the same team. The same team that went 1-5 and lost Torii Hunter on their east coast trip.
As one GM said, "That team has very good pitching, but it's not going to win if it doesn't get more offense. To me, they're suspect at three of nine offensive positions. And now, with Hunter going down, that puts almost half their lineup in that category of not real good. They have to find a way to get a bat in August."
Was no move the right move? Did the team give up on the season since they're financially comfortable with the season despite the team's standings?
Posted at 12:10 PM on August 1, 2005
by Josh Lee
Rafael "First Time, Every Time" Palmeiro has been suspended for 10 days under baseball's steroids policy. He doesn't seem to be appealing the decision, which I guess means we can go ahead and scratch one more big-name hitter from the shortening list of "batters whose careers we trust."
I don't know: on the one hand, artificial enhancements are clearly cheating and grounds for having your entire Hall of Fame career invalidated, or at least heavily asterisked. On the other hand, steroids or no, it takes a pretty good player to reach 3,000 hits and 500 homers. Or at least a willingness to swing the bat, which is something the Twins' current, distinctly non-hall-of-fameish lineup seems to lack.
At any rate, get ready for the next round of "steroids vs. Viagra" jokes to start!
Posted at 1:35 PM on August 1, 2005
by Bob Collins
Moneyball, was dissed on the site a few months ago. The feeling seemed to be that Barry Zito, Tim Hudson, and Mark Mulder can make anyone smart and the A's were struggling. The joke was on us for buying the notion that brains can compensate for poverty.
In the off-season, Hudson and Mulder were dispatched. A couple of other free agents were allowed to be, well, free.
So who's laughing now? Oakland is now a game in front of the fast-sinking Twins for the wild card spot. They've swung a few deals in the last week and they never once seemed to make a deal in which the contract of the obtainee made the fans say, "well, it can't hurt." (Are there any Bret Boone apologists still around?)
Billy Beane is a decent GM who is a genius.
Terry Ryan is a decent GM who is not.
Posted at 5:19 PM on August 1, 2005
by Bob Collins
The Twins today cut Bret Boone, a total waste of time whose addition to the roster created the illusion that the team was addressing a need. Can we now please lay to rest the claim that "a change of scenery" has anything to do with the ability to hit a baseball?
Frankly, I'd have enjoyed watching Soriano in this lineup, even it was only for two months. At least it would be interesting and entertaining.
I can't, for the life of me, recall the last time a Metrodome crowd went wild in the way Fenway fans went wild for Manny on Sunday. There are players who fans just get excited about seeing come to bat, no matter what the situation.
I miss that.