Posted at 2:20 PM on June 1, 2006
by David Zingler
Here that whirling sound? Listen more closely...still donít hear it...well, that is Joe Bauman spinning in his grave. Bauman, who passed away in 2005, once hit 72 homeruns in a single minor league season, yet never was able to crack a big league roster. Why am I bringing this up? Well, it looks like the Twins are set to demote Scott Baker and fill his roster spot with Ė get this Ė Shawn Wooten and his .218 Triple A batting average.
According to the Star Tribune, the team likes Wooten because he can catch and play first base. His addition would allow Ron Gardenhire to continue using both Joe Mauer and Mike Redmond in the line up without risking losing the DH if either catcher is injured. While that logic seems sound, Wooten is nothing more than a warm body who looks destined to become the 2006 version of Corky Miller.
Update: The Twins apparently came to their senses and decided to re-call Terry Tiffee rather than Wooten. Gardenhire correctly said Tiffee, who was hitting .298 at Rochester, "deserved" it more. Joe Bauman can rest, for now...
what's a better plan? make lew ford catch if redmond or mauer get ejected or injured while mauer DHs?
If only we still had LeCroy! ...oh, wait...