Posted at 9:43 AM on April 21, 2006
by Ben Tesch
Update: Mike Mulcahy has one over at the Capitol Letter blog.
Posted at 12:30 PM on April 21, 2006
by David Zingler
I am going to go out on a limb here and state that Twins could probably use David Ortiz in their line-up these days. That being said, are there any other players that the team either unceremoniously dumped or let go via free agent since 2001 that you would like to see back in a Twins uniform?
Here are the nominees – with the franchise’s limited financial resources, keep salary in mind.
Casey Blake (2000-2002), $3.05 million:
Blake barely registered on the Twins radar during his short tenure with the team and has blossomed in Cleveland. He would work nicely at either third base or right field these days.
LaTroy Hawkins (1995-2003), $4.4 million:
Like Guardado, the Hawk’s price tag got too step. It has hardly been smooth sailing for him since he left.
Jacque Jones (1999-2005), $4.03 million:
Money was also Jones reason for departure. It remains to be seen if an adequate replacement will be found in rightfield.
Corey Koskie (1998-2004), est. $5.7 million:
At a cheaper price, Terry Ryan would’ve taken him back over the winter.
J.C. Romero (1999-2005), $2.2 million:
Talented, but unstable, a late season flap with Gardy in ’05 sealed his fate.
Any other suggestions?
Posted at 2:26 PM on April 21, 2006
by Ben Tesch
LiveScience has a nice article on the science of pitches, speed and trajectory. The first part explains how it is physically impossible as a hitter to track a pitch all the way to the plate, and the second part explains why it's smarter to catch a fly ball running, rather than standing still.
Legendary hitting coach Charlie Lau on hitting a knuckleball: "There are two theories on hitting a knuckleball. Unfortunately, neither of them works."
My other favorite Charlie Lau quote: "Nobody should hit .200. Anybody should hit .250"