Sid Hartman: Twins' injuries could be boon in long run

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 19, 2011 - 8:29 AM

Because the absence of so many outstanding veteran players gave many young players a chance to get called up from Class AAA Rochester and get some major league experience.

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chsld1Jun. 18, 11 9:37 PM

Sid, The Twins can't win a division title this year. You told us that three weeks ago. Now you say this is their best chance? I'm confused Sid, please pick a story and stick with it. Keep in mind the season is 162 games, and get back to me.

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sniggleJun. 18, 11 9:54 PM

I'm sorry but there is not one player from that group on the Twins roster that I would retain. Liriano is the strongest at a "maybe". Let them all go!

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shpadoinkleJun. 18, 1110:21 PM

I'd keep Cuddyer, Liriano and Perkins. The rest can go.

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GHeimarckJun. 18, 1110:24 PM

What Joe Mauer statues, Sir Sidney?!? I haven't seen any such statues (Downtown, anyway) since last year.

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shorbaJun. 18, 1110:46 PM

nice to hear about the bullpen catcher. stuff you can only read from sid. classy by san diego doing what they are doing.

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greebsJun. 18, 1111:22 PM

lots of money to be saved by not retaining nathan and cuddyer. nathan has little value at this point. cuddy is a fan favorite but not close to being worthy of his salary. if he would accept about $3 - 4 mil in future years, am guessing he can be a twin for life. kubel is probably main reason the team wasn't 30 games under .500. rather see them retain him than the other two.

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vipond09Jun. 18, 1111:36 PM

Why the $113 million line in the sand? New lucrative ballpark! Profits galore! No need to spend like yanks or bosox but $125 million now seems reasonble. Bait and switch??!! ....

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twinsfanwy1Jun. 19, 1112:19 AM

Sid, I disagree with you on payroll constraints. Target Field is sold-out, or close every game; interest and enthusiasm in the Twins has only grown with the new llpark; and the Twins travel well. When the Twins are on the road look at all the " Circle Me Bert" signs, and fans clad in Twins gear. Even the Yankees announcers said the Twins are no longer a small market club, based upon the reasons I already stated. If anything, the Pohlads'should be increasing the payroll. The goal should be to make it to the World Series and to win-every year. s

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hodgie999Jun. 19, 1112:22 AM

Keep Kubel Let Cuddyer, Capps, and Nathan go. Save about $30m. A year. Pohlads never have and never will spend over and above for the team. Only owner I have seen do that is Wild and Taylor.

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chucktellJun. 19, 11 3:05 AM

i agree with twinsfanwy1. sniggle, tim pawlenty is looking for somebody to play checkers with.

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