Twins' Chris Parmelee earns his turn -- at a new position

  • Article by: LA VELLE E. NEAL III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 21, 2013 - 9:02 AM

A year after riding the Rochester shuttle (and mashing down there), he's primed to take over in right field.

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ladykasFeb. 20, 13 9:14 PM

Whats the over/under on how many twins in the starting line-up will hit below .250. I'm going with 4.

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twinsajsfFeb. 21, 13 6:49 AM

OK, I'll bite, Ladykas. First, if Willy and Plouffe hit below .250, but hit 30 and 25 homers respectively, who cares? If Florimon hits anywhere NEAR 250 and plays great defense at short (see Greg Gagne), well again, who cares? If Dozier's hitting under .250 on June 1 (maybe sooner), he gets replaced by Carroll, so our starter is back over .250 at that point. So that leaves CF and RF. I'm going to bet that at least one of Hicks, Benson, Parmelee, Arcia emerges this year to hit .270+ and hold down the job. Of course, none of this matters if the pitching doesn't also improve, but you get the point.

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wndwmkrFeb. 21, 13 7:14 AM

Agree with twinsajsf if the pitching doesn't improve drastically hitting between .250 and .270 isn't going to matter anyway. It will be a very long year Twins Fans and don't make plans to attend a playoff game.

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bolock54Feb. 21, 13 8:54 AM

Would be wonderful if Parmelee actually happened to hit around .265 or so with 15 home runs and 80 RBI's.... Tired of dreaming - hahahahha......

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callsaulFeb. 21, 13 9:29 AM

I know last year Parmalee struggled but I think he's far better than he showed. I, for one, wouldn't be surprised if he leads the 2013 Twins in hitting. However, I hate the idea of him playing RF. How do the Twins expect to be respectable when they've assembled a rotation full of guys who couldn't miss a bat if their life depended on it. Combine that with a terrible fielding team and the Twins are primed to lose a 100. On the other hand the bullpen is probably a top 10 bullpen and I think this team will score about a run MORE per game than they did last year. This season is likely another last place finish but if Harden, Gibson, and Worley can be healthy and lead the rotation I could see a Cinderella story happening. Everyone should also remember some of Gardy's best years have came when no one was giving the Twins any chance to compete. Think 03 and 04.

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n8conoclastFeb. 21, 1310:16 AM

"His first home run will outdo everything Revere did, power-wise, in 254 games as a Twin." Actually, Parmelee has already outdone Revere in the power department. Parmelee has 9 homers in 85 games.

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matthewJamesFeb. 21, 1310:35 AM

Parmelee will hit, but can he field? With men on base will he be able to handle making the right decisions so 2 or more runs won't score when maybe one or none would score? If that's a problem then all the hitting he does goes for not.

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nshoreFeb. 21, 1311:20 AM

Parmelee's future is at first base. I like Morneau, but if he stumbles again this year for whatever reason he'll be gone. He may be gone even if he does well.

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sane09Feb. 21, 1312:02 PM

"will he be able to handle making the right decisions"...The decisions made in right-field can be handled by a chimpanzee.

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heetcpaFeb. 21, 1312:03 PM

Any truth to the rumor that the Twins have petitioned the league for permission to implement the little league 10-run rule for all their games this season?

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