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It's Opening Day!

Posted at 8:04 AM on April 4, 2006 by Josh Lee

Well, it's not exactly Opening Day Opening Day, per se; it's the Opening Day after Opening Day, when baseball's scheduling gods present us with the last first game of the season, featuring two Cy Young winners and two teams that are really going to need them if they hope to make any noise in their divisions. I think I'm coming down with a serious case of anticipation. So excited!

Well, beat the drum and hold the phone

Posted at 9:13 AM on April 4, 2006 by Ben Tesch

Not surprisingly, baseball is all over the airwaves today. Midmorning talks about the stadium proposals at 9am, and Midday bring in Howard Sinker and some guy named Harmon Killebrew to talk about the 2006 season at 11am. Feel free to leave comments as you listen.

Also, for future reference, you can keep track of the Twins stadium bill in Votetracker.

Five predictions for the 2006 Twins....

Posted at 10:05 AM on April 4, 2006 by David Zingler (3 Comments)

Tony Batista will not last the season.
His bat looks slow and he’s a complete hack in the field. Terry Ryan did not do enough to address the gaping hole at third during the off-season and the team will pay for it.

There will be bullpen issues.
Their only lefty is the talented, but unproven Francisco Liriano, Willie Eyre has thrown as many big league pitches as I have, and Juan Rincon has elbow issues. Rick Anderson will earn his salary this year.

Scott Baker will win more games than Kyle Lohse.
Although he only has a handful of big league starts under his belt, Baker looks to already have a better head on his shoulders than the enigmatic Lohse.

Justin Morneau will hit 30 homeruns.
It just has to happen this year. Doesn’t it?

Brad Radke will continue to wallow in mediocrity.
We love your loyalty Brad, but your 20 win season was almost 10 years ago and minus that year, your career record is under .500. The fact is, we’re not getting our $9 million worth.

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Midday audio is up

Posted at 2:29 PM on April 4, 2006 by Ben Tesch

The Midday audio is now available. I find it particularly useful for the conversation to point out similar pitchers to Brad Radke, including one-time Twins Kevin Tapani, Scott Erickson, and Frank Viola.

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