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A season full of swings and misses...

Posted at 9:03 PM on October 11, 2005 by David Zingler

It was a long season full of bold predictions, knee-jerk reactions and lapses in judgment. Here are some of my best and worst:

On May 2, I proclaimed the “Fall of the Evil Empire.” At the time the Yankees were 10-15 and I predicted they would not make the playoffs. They finished 95-67 and won a tiebreaker over Boston to take home their 8th straight division crown.

On May 11, Jason Giambi was hitting .195 and declined a demotion to the minors for a tune-up. I chastised him. He went on to hit .271/.440/.535 with 32 homers.

On June 28, I said the Twins wouldn’t win the Central and most likely not the Wild Card, so they should try to unload some pricey veterans in the final year of their contracts like Joe Mays and Jacque Jones. Now the Twins will get nothing for those players.

On July 8, I called for the removal of hitting coach Scott Ullger. While Ron Gardenhire trails only George W. Bush in the unwarranted loyalty department, it looks like third base coach Al Newman’s departure could open the door for a new hitting coach (Paul Molitor?) with Brownie...err, Scottie moving over to Newmie’s old spot.

On July 16, I trumpeted Rafael Palmeiro’s Hall of Fame candidacy and professed my belief in his congressional steroid denial. That’s what I get for doubting Jose Canseco.

On August 2, I closed the book on the Twins playoff hopes and explained why it could be a good thing – ie, the Twins will finally address their festering offensive problems. Here’s to hoping I am (at least) right about that.

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