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Public testimony recaps

Posted at 9:43 AM on April 21, 2006 by Ben Tesch

Tom Scheck's got one, Major League Baseball has one, so does the Strib (plus a couple related stories). You can point to more in the comments, if you've got 'em.

Update: Mike Mulcahy has one over at the Capitol Letter blog.

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Posted at 12:30 PM on April 21, 2006 by David Zingler (1 Comments)

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.

Eddie Guardado (1993-2003), $6.25 million:
“Everyday Eddie” was priced out of the Twins budget after becoming a free agent in 2003. I’ll take Joe Nathan anyday.

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?

(Note: I didn’t include players that were traded for other contributing players – i.e. Matt Lawton and A.J. Pierzynski.)

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Baseball science Friday

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"

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