Monday, August 22, 2011

A Few Good Notes: The Little Things, Disabled List, Tickets, and a Draft Pick

  • Yesterday, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire spoke on his weekly appearance on 1500 ESPN, and he said he was tired of certain players making the same mistakes. These things are those "little things" that the Twins did so well for years. It was more directed at the younger players on his team. He also hinted that they may need to be more forceful in the minor leagues about this stuff. The Twins need to be much more forceful on this in the minors because the little things, have cost the Twins big time this season.
  • Yesterday was supposed to be the day Michael Cuddyer returned from a neck injury that he suffered on the 12th in batting practice in Cleveland. But, he did not. And Cuddyer has yet to be placed on the disabled list despite the fact he has not played in 10 days. This is something that has always bothered me. The Twins are so reluctant to put players on the disabled list, they sacrifice a roster spot for a player who will be out 7-10 days. We recently saw this with Denard Span, who the team waited a few days before he got put on the DL. This is a trend that needs to stop. Not particulary this season anymore, but going forward in the future.
  • The Twins announced that their season ticket prices for 2012 will not change from their 2011 prices. This is a big push for them to keep their 25,000+ season ticket holders in spite of the teams poor performance this season. But they are going to need a big offseason to help keep that number up there.
  • Yesterday, Aaron Gleeman tweeted that the Twins are in line to get the #5 pick in next years MLB Draft. And since 2001's #1 overall pick (Mauer), they haven't picked higher than 14th. If the Twins do continue at this pace, I would be very pleased to see them get a top 10, and more likely top 5, pick. Then it would be great to draft a pitcher that could potentially become the future ace of this team.
  • Apologies for the lack of posts on here lately. I have been real busy with work, and I have spent some more time getting my new blog on the Minnesota Wild up and running. So I should be back to getting stuff regularly on here now.

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