It's Chicago's turn to try to solve Frankie Enigma

  • Article by: LA VELLE E. NEAL III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 30, 2012 - 12:18 PM

The Twins never could figure out how to harness Liriano's potential; Chicago gets its first crack at that challenge Tuesday, when Liriano is scheduled to face the Twins.

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samihoustonJul. 29, 12 9:08 PM

I wish Frankie the best and hope he does well. Who wouldn't want to be traded from the lowly Twins to a team in first place? Good luck Lariano. I doubt we will see much of the two players we got for you.

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metaltesterJul. 29, 12 9:12 PM

Twins would have won the WS in 2006 if Liriano's elbow and Radke's shoulder would have held up. Santana, Liriano and Radke (and the whole team) were on fire until the injurys caused the playoff run to flame out vs Oakland.

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razzlerJul. 29, 12 9:22 PM

whatever happens with liriano, for better or worse, will be a reflection upon twins' pitching coach rick anderson....

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njc264isbackJul. 29, 12 9:23 PM

White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said today he has some ideas/advice to fix Liriano immediately. If he's able to turn him around, can we THEN admit Rick Anderson should be fired? I mean how many pitchers can the Twins "fail to harness their potential" with before some amount of accountability is levied? And don't give me Johan, everybody knows that was Cuellar who taught him the changeup.

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tmack24Jul. 29, 12 9:32 PM

I will bet that Liriano will join Dickey and other former Twins pitchers with All Star appearances, let's let the future prove me wrong.

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mjpriggeJul. 29, 12 9:51 PM

So, it sounds like the last bad outing was from him tipping his pitches.

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freethepressJul. 29, 1210:42 PM

Nobody, and I mean nobody, in all of baseball saw R.A. Dickey's turnaround coming. Trying to include the incredible outlier of his improbable resurgence as an indictment of the Twins' braintrust is just sooo disingenuous. It's okay to gripe about management, but try to keep it realistic, eh? Liriano used to have an astounding otherworldly invisible pitch. Then he got hurt, had to go under the knife, and couldn't get right again as a mere mortal without an invisible and untouchable pitch. After putting up with several erratic seasons, the team can better wield the money that they were wasting on his headcase act. Good riddance, I say. He's too psychologically fragile to make it here...or anywhere, I'd bet.

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BallFourJul. 29, 1211:02 PM

Liriano was a similar enigma in the minors, even AAA. But at that level, he won out because AAA players are there for a reason. And so are AAA umpires. Love the comments about Rick Anderson. In most of the seasons since he has replaced Dick Such, when there was talk about the Twins perhaps getting a foundering pitcher, or when they got one, the refrain online was; "Andy will fix him." Never bought it. Nor do I buy that he's the problem now. And if Liriano does better next year, what will it mean? It will mean that the long-held notion wins again. Most pitchers don't really figure it out until they're about 30.

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zeldacJul. 29, 1211:23 PM

I agree with the comments about Anderson. Lets take the recent case of Blackburn. Where did they send him to get adjusted? To Cuellar. Anderson never helped anyone get better. I say ship Andy out and bring Cuellar up as pitching coach.

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dlweidtJul. 29, 1211:48 PM

Its a shame the Twins apparently never sought help for Liriano from a sports psychologist with more training and experience than Drew Butera and Rick Anderson. It will certainly be interesting to see what happens next in this saga.

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