Hicks remains in leadoff spot despite early struggles

  • Article by: LA VELLE E. NEAL III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 13, 2013 - 12:50 AM

The first 35 at-bats of Aaron Hicks’ major league career had mostly been poor, leading to concerns that a young player like Hicks could get in his own head and make things worse.

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kbengtApr. 12, 1311:40 PM

Fire Gardy. Trade Mauer. Cut Morneau. Demote Hicks. Good job ground crew, now build a roof.

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firefly70Apr. 13, 13 2:25 AM

While I'm not the biggest of boosters of Gardenhire, it's kind of hard to blame him for the sub-standard starting pitching staff he's been given. In only THREE of the games has the starter actually gone at least 6 innings. When a team has starters that last only 5 innings (4 times), or 4 (once), or 2 (once), or even only 1(once - tonight) inning?? I just shake my head and think "It's going to be a LONG season if it stays like that." The 'starters' have pitched only 48.1 innings so far this season. The RELIEVERS have already pitched 37.2 innings this season. Obviously, that can NOT keep up. The Twins need to get more from their starters.

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firefly70Apr. 13, 13 2:53 AM

As for Hicks? Is it better to keep him up here at the major league level as he continues to struggle? Or would it be better to send him down and try to get his confidence back? Especially if Gardenhire refuses to move him down in the order. It's not like he could do much worse putting a non-prototypical leadoff hitter to start the games. As it is, right now, leaving Hicks at the top is almost a guaranteed out. Maybe switch Hicks and Parmalee in the batting order? Parmalee usually bats 7th, but has a pretty good BA at .296 and OBP at .394. Again, what could it hurt?

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schafsApr. 13, 13 4:34 AM

To hustle or not to hustle. Ben Revere would have circled the bases on the play that Hicks loafed into second base.

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callmestupidApr. 13, 13 5:12 AM

They're going to ruin Hicks by keeping him up here and driving his avg as close to .000 as possible. Glad we traded both starting CF for pitching still? I guess it really doesn't matter because this team would still be horrible anyway. Fire Gardy and Hire Molitor, let Molitor select his coaching staff. I think Terry Ryan needs to go as well as the Pohlads sell the team to someone who cares about winning and putting a product out on the field rather than putting products in the stands.

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gcrackerApr. 13, 13 8:24 AM

If you really want to improve Hicks' confidence, let him take a few swings off Vance Worley during batting practice. (Of course he'll probably still struggle with MAJOR LEAGUE pitching).

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bluedevil101Apr. 13, 1311:37 AM

The Twins have a zero expectation season-most people expect 95+ losses. SO, I'd keep Hicks here and let him play. At the end of the season, that's when you determine if he's a major league player or not. If it warms up, I think we'll see better pitching. Both KC and NYM are better teams than the Twins, so losing to them is not unexpected. Hope is on the way though, in watching the Angels, they are really playing poorly.

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vandhoekApr. 13, 1312:33 PM

Gardenhire is demonstrating was of his continuing problems: stubbornness instead of adjusting to the reality which needs a coach/manager.

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partskcojApr. 13, 1312:43 PM

This team has possibly the worst pitching staff in major league history. What they do with Hicks doesn't matter at all.This team was DOA going into 2013.

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mauianApr. 13, 13 4:36 PM

The first 35 at bats have been mostly poor? "Mostly" implies that some were not poor. This guy is a guaranteed out to start the game and should NOT be leading off. The Twins would be no worse off simply agreeing to play with 23 outs eavery game VS the opponents 27. Moving him would do more harm than leaving him there? You don't leave a person in a position they completely and utter suck at and expect them to "work through it". The vast majority of people will either quit or stop caring. That's management 101. And they wonder why fans lose interest.

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