Posted at 9:08 PM on July 10, 2006
by Josh Lee
The big news of the day is that Francisco "Santaninho" Liriano will be going to the All-Star Game after all. Liriano takes the place of Jose Contreras, who opted to rest his arm after having pitched on Sunday. This means that Twins fans (as well as fans of strikeouts, winning, and justice) can finally put down their pitchforks and torches and head home to watch the game tomorrow.
While you're celebrating Liriano's vindication, though, be sure to pause for a moment and mark the end of the Ruben Sierra era in Minnesota. The Twins released the ex-slugger today, thus erasing one more of their off-season acquisitions from the roster. On the plus side, this means that while the AL beats the stuffing out of the poor beleaguered NL tomorrow, we can while away the time trying to guess who the Twins will call up to replace Sierra on the roster. Will Rondell White make his triumphant return? Will Jason Tyner or Josh Rabe get the big call? Or does Terry Ryan have a sneaky trade up his sleeve?
Maybe the Rangers will wise up and give us Blalock for Lohse.
If nothing else, I'm glad to see the dead weight of Sierra gone.
Let's just hope they bring up someone who will actually have a productive role on the team. The Twins have essentially wasted three roster spots on Sierra, Rodriguez, and Eyre, players who almost never play. I have nothing against any of those guys, but if we aren't going to use them, let's get rid of them and bring up guys who we will use. It makes no sense to have 12% of the roster taken up by people who aren't going to play.