*What started as a brief update turned into a year in review by player.*
Well, this season is not what we had hoped for.
Joe Mauer’s figures are… well, I guess it just doesn’t matter. As long as we get through the rest of the season without severely injuring someone, that will be about as big of a win that the team can get at this point. We also need to sign some guys, but that won’t come for quite some time.
Cuddy, don’t be a two-faced liar, you’ve been telling the fans what they want to hear (“I want to be back”), but there have been a few leaks that you want to test free agency (a.k.a. “get the heck outta here”).
Thome, please stay long enough to hit 600, then you will be rightfully waived to a contender, you DO deserve that (maybe the Indians? finish what you started?). IF, that is a HUGE *if*, you do come back for another season, we’ve grown accustommed to your presence and rather large-distance-spanning homers. What I am trying to say is, come back if you decide to keep going.
Kubel, it pains me to say this, but if you must leave, please don’t sign with an east coast team. That is all. The Twins front office would be dumb to just let you walk anyways, and not get something for you.
Delmon and Slowey. Enough said? Package deal? Clear some cash to sign the guys above. Get a true ace for the staff.
Pavano, we love you, but you are not the ace we are looking for. You have been our go-to guy, our innings eater, the man who molds our youngsters, but not quite a lights out ace.
Liriano, your skills possess yo-yo-like attributes. Inconsistency has haunted you after everyone saw “the next Johan” in your abilities. thank you for the no-hitter and for toughing out what I can only imagine is a terrible injury and rehab assignment to even pitch again, but so Pavano’s write-up above… we need an ace.
Nishi, congrats on the baby. I wish you all the joys and luck in the world. Hopefully now that you know your baby and wife are safe and both here, you can now start hitting like the former Japanese batting champ you were. You’ve made huge improvements on fielding, now comes the offense.
Danny, you know how low things are. One number for you, 2012. Clean slate. Get those throws down and clean up your swing. You have the potential, just act like Target Field is full of 19 year old blondes and they will only be impressed by a .300 hitter who hits 30 home runs a season and fields at a .970-clip.
Justin and Denard. Get better, relax, and keep your heads protected.
Mr. Second Baseman, will you please make your presence felt? Alexi, you were looking good for a while; Trevor, again, you are a young guy with the skills. Someone’s gotta step up.
Ben Revere, you are a true speed demon. Make that arm strong and you are a fixture in the lineup. Don’t over-complicate your batting stance/routine. You are starting to look like Delmon, and look where that has got him. Stay strong, young Jedi.
Gardy, don’t you feel like the team needs a clubhouse leader? Someone like Puck? Someone that is dependable, consistent, loud, and gets on guys because he loves the game and wants to have that player and team succeed? This is more of a challenge to someone on the team, but it comes with development, too.
Here’s to Thome 600th and to not finishing in last in the AL Central!!