“Winning” or notPublished 9:34pm Sunday, November 20, 2011
Ok, let’s face it, in most of the high profile sports inMinnesotait hasn’t been going so well. We all know how the Twins did this year and now we are in a season of Viking and Gopher football were it hasn’t gone so good either. Since the Timberwolves aren’t playing maybe we could say they were having a successful season though.
Gopher football is something we didn’t expect much from this year but we did have some hope for the Vikings but wow, these guys are just not very good. The Vikings are a little like the Twins in that they have some stars at some positions but are lacking in a lot of other areas like offensive line, defensive backfield, wide receiver, special teams, and maybe coaching.
Two teams that are having success are the hockey teams, the Wild and the Gopher bunch. The Gophers have been rated number one and the Wild are in first place. I do have a couple of readers who have no interest in the hockey teams and I don’t understand why because besides the Lynx they are the onlyMinnesotateams that are, if I can borrow a Charlie Sheen phrase here, “Winning!”
Since you guys aren’t interested in winners I will talk about the Twins and what they have been up to this past week.
New/old General Manager Terry Ryan has been busy with a couple of major league free agent signings and a few minor league free agent signings. The first player signed was infielder Jamey Carroll. Carroll started is Major League career late at 28 and has been thought to be more of a utility player but do to injuries on some of the teams he has played on has become a starter. The idea is that he will play shortstop because as we all know nobody really played that position for the Twins last summer. For a shortstop he may be a better second baseman but Carroll at shortstop will be a whole lot better than anyone last year. He will turn 38 early next season and has been signed for two years.
So what do I think of this signing? Well, he wasn’t my first choice of the free agent shortstops out there and now I didn’t have any dreams of the Twins signing Jose Reyes. I would have preferred Clint Barmes as he is a little younger and has a little more pop in his bat. But, I don’t dislike Carroll either because like I said, he is a whole lot better than what was there last year. Carrroll has also been a player who has been able to stay healthy during his career, although now that he is a Twin that may change. He is also a guy who know how to play and that is something else the Twins lacked last year.
The second signing was Ryan Doumit a switch hitter from Pittsburgh. Doumit has been mostly a catcher in his career but has also played a lot at 1st base and outfield. Mauer and Morneau had a tough injury plagued season last year and the Twins came up short in filling in for these guys especially at catcher. If my mother was still alive she could have hit better than Buetera, Rivera, and Holms and she had no athletic ability whatsoever.
So what about this signing? I like this one. People say he will replace either Cuddyer or Kubel if one of them would leave. I think he replaces Jim Thome only with lots more versatility. If Morneau can’t play and Cuddyer is gone then he replaces Morneau, if Mauer goes down then he replaces him. I do think, however, with this signing that the Twins won’t sign both Kubel and Cuddyer so in that way I suppose he replaces one of them as well. He is adequate with a glove but it is his bat that the Twins liked most as he is just a good hitter and will fit into the lineup if miracles of al miracles the Twins sign both Kubel and Cuddyer.
The other area that will be interesting to watch is how the minor league free agents work out. Most of them are pitchers with some Major League experience. Ryan has always had away of finding other teams cast offs and putting them to good use so it will be fun to see who will come out of this crop and find a home in the Twins bullpen,
So there, I didn’t bore you guys with theMinnesotateams that are “Winning.”