What or Who is to Blame?Published 8:24pm Sunday, May 22, 2011
The loss of Harmon Killebrew and the Twins play this year has really been a downer. It makes it kinda tough to write about what’s going and not make it come out the same old same old.
It is hard to blame anyone in particular for the play of the Twins this year and to pin point anything maybe we look at all the injuries. The Twins had some players who didn’t get started early in spring training for various reasons. Delmon Young was hurting or sick, Justin Morneau was still recovering from his concussion, Joe Nathan was trying to come back from Tommy John surgery, and Joe Mauer was trying to come back from knee surgery.
Because of these ailments these players may not have been ready to start the season and it was proven by their play. Then Young and Mauer got hurt and Morneau got sick to add to it all. To add more Nishioka gets hurt along with Jim Thome and Jason Repko. The people the Twins have used to fill are either not ready for the big leagues or they just aren’t that good.
One interesting thing that came out of a Joe Mauer interview was how the medical staff treated him. It was one of those, “read between the lines” things, but he seemed to say that maybe the medical staff didn’t exactly treat his injuries right, or there was a miss diagnosis or something. I found that interesting because I have at times questioned the medical staff of the Twins because of all the injuries they seem to have.
I have also mentioned here before that with the injuries it has shown just where our minor league system has gone. Last year our AAA team and top AA teams were dead last in their divisions. With the players they have called up and the way they have played I think we now know why that was the case.
The bullpen was a question mark coming in as a lot of guys were leaving to free agency. The players that were brought in have not done the job except for Glen Perkins, but oh yeah, he just got hurt. The catchers that have replaced Mauer are hitting way below the Mendoza line. In fact they are making the legendary Mendoza look like an All Star.
So what is going on? Obviously the injuries have hurt and there is nothing you can do about that, but the minor league system and the people brought in to do the back ups and the decision to start Casilla is very upsetting and you can’t help but look to Billy Smith.
Billy did a good job from the start but except for Nishioka he has done little to improve the team who lost right away in the playoffs last year. I’m also not sure who is responsible for the minor league system but that should be a huge priority.
We Twins fans may have to suck it up for awhile before all of this gets straightened out but it is something that needs to be done.
I know some of you out there may say that the season isn’t over yet because when we get everyone back things will be great and Cleveland just can’t keep playing this way. First of all, the Twins are 14 ½ games back and when the injured Twins get back they still have to get back in playing shape. It could be too late. As far as the Indians collapsing, why can’t they keep going? Who is to say this isn’t their year? Then the Tigers are only a couple of games out of first, so they still may be the team to beat.
-Harmon Killebrew wasn’t the best guy to get a good quote from. He was such a nice guy that sometimes that doesn’t translates into good quotes but I do like this one.
“I learned at an early age that I could hit a ball a long way and that is what I did.”