Posted on: March 18, 2010 2:17 pm
Edited on: March 18, 2010 2:19 pm


Just my opinion on a variety of things....

Is it just me or does anyone else wonder how the President of the United States has enough time to go on ESPN and with the insight of those who get paid for a living to follow the college game elaborate so eloquently and with such insight into the 64 participants in this years version of March Madness?

At a time when the nations unemployment rate hovers above 11%, with strife and conflict in the middle east and with Health Care Reform in the balance should the President have so much time on his hands? Better yet if George Bush had been on television handicapping the baseball races during 911 what would have been the media's stance? 

On the Ron Washington front all I hear is that he is well liked, respected and knowledgeable but how plausible is the "just this once" posture? How did that potato chip commercial go?

Michael owner of the Charlotte farnchise in the NBA. Is this not the same Michael Jordan that is reported to have a huge gambling issue? If Charles Barkley tried to buy an NBA team would he be approved by the League?

Elijah Dukes is released by the Nationals and the quote from the Team President, Stan Casten is:
"He never got any of the bad headlines everybody feared when he came here, and I think he deserves credit for that," Kasten said in a telephone interview. "If anyone says there was an incident, that person has no idea what he's talking about."

So let me get this straight a week ago he was scheduled to be your starting RF'er and today he is released and there is no baggage?

When the Yankees traded for Javier Vazquez I was very upset that they gave up Aroyds Vizcaino a 19 year old RH pitcher that I think has the potential to be the future "Ace" of any big league staff.

Now, after watching the Yankees complete butchering of Joba Chamberlain's potential, I understand the move.
The Yankees are completely and utterly inept at devleoping pitching talent and they are aware of this.
They send him to the Braves, who really know what they are doing with young pitchers, and let the Barves bring him along. Once the kid becomes a stud and he becomes eligible for free agency the Yankees can reclaim him. The Yankees version of a very expensive "Rule 5"....

Posted on: February 5, 2010 3:25 pm

"Say it aint so Joe (Mauer)".

We have all heard the rumors, and they are certainly well founded and deserved, that the Twins and the
Home Town Hero", Joe Mauer, are feverently working on a contarct extension that will keep Mauer home for the good part of the next decade. While negotiations are being kept purposely away from the media, and thus very close to the vest, the word is that even with the proverbial "Home Town Discount" Mauer will be reporting Texeira type numbers to the IRS for the foreseeable future.

Assuming what we hear is accurate, and leaving myself open to the potential pitfalls of basing a position on an assumption, is the reputed deal really in the best interest of all involved?

If the Twins payroll is in the targeted $80M range what impact does Joe Mauer on the books for $22+M per season have for the Twins franchise that has always relied on a farm cultivated "core" with select supplementing via free agency and trades to stock their roster?
An organization that has prided itself on being able to replace parts, as they outgrew the teams payroll parameters, with players weaned in an organization that banks on playing Twins baseball as the way to avoid being forced into  bidding wars with the "Big Market" teams?

Furthermore, and in my view the most unaccounted for factor,  will the strength of all of the above be diminished by the loss of the biggest home field advantage in baseball, the "Dome"? Speak to any big leaguer and they will tell you that playing in that dome was a huge plus in the Twins favor. From the crowd noise to the roof to the turf all were factors as to how the Twins team was crafted and an big factor in their organizations success, Suddenly these variables are at the very least diminished and, in my view, they are eliminated.

As painful as it may seem for some to follow me when I say, let's suppose I am correct, let's do just that.
Is Joe Mauer going to be happy being competitive in the AL Central including winning a fair share of Division crowns but probably not "sniffing" a WS Title? How long before the pressure is on the Twins to add "help" thus increase the payroll to compete ?
Are the Twins willing to do so? Remeber this is an organization that historically has thrown nickles around like they were man hole covers to the tune of going sans a roof in a new stadium, Target Field, in Minnesota!

I hope  I am off but I see a scaenario whereby the honeymoon will wear off as Mauer gets a little older and he realizes that he wants to win WS Titles more than be the "Home Town Hero".
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