Hartman: Solid pitching helps Twins make strides

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 29, 2013 - 1:42 AM

Both starters and relievers have been healthier and throwing better than at the start of the 2012 season.

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drudgemonkeyApr. 28, 1310:10 PM

Make it a fixed roof stadium. Retractable roof NFL stadiums are open less than 50% of games. That percentage will drop in MN. Not worth $150M extra cost for 90 games in 30 years that a retractable roof might actually be opened. Unless Vikings fans want to pay for it with incrementally higher Personal Seat License fees.

wndwmkrApr. 29, 13 6:41 AM

Twins got rid of those head cases on the staff. By the 3rd inning most of them were checking their pitch count on the scoreboard. At least this rotation doesn't need their hands held all the time. Thank you for getting rid of the head shakers out there and bringing in some actual ball players.

tk1965Apr. 29, 13 8:44 AM

No question this is a better put together Twins team. It's a long way to go but based on the pitching and the fact that DeVries and Dundeno are still getting healthy and not active yet, Pelfrey is obviously not a 100% and numerous hitters are not doing much yet, I really believe this team can win 80 games and stay competitive most nights. This is still a team being put together for 2015, however, Terry Ryan always looks to put a good product out there and I think he has pulled together some decent talent. I know that no plans should be made for the post-season but all in all this should be a fun team to watch.

timandtiaApr. 29, 13 9:06 AM

Listen Minnesotans, this new football stadium better have a permanent or retractable roof. We all have to think what a covered stadium can offer besides a nice atmosphere for the Vikings. We have high school football, baseball, college football and college baseball and various other "events" that can be held in a domed stadium. So it may cost more up front to build a domed stadium, but in the long run it would make sense for all of us to get it covered. And here I think what the Twins stadium and the Gophers football stadium are used in January (and possible other bad weather times) - nothing!! We need a domed stadium in this state, so lets not screw this up.

kzmannApr. 29, 1310:24 AM

Can anyone tell me why,making the Vikings stadium will cost an EXTRA 6 MILLION for baseball?They knew it was going to be that way.They had'nt made the design yet and now 6 million more.Whats up with that.

bgrahamApr. 29, 1310:35 AM

So can someone tell me who will play baseball in the new stadium if there is no roof? If it doesn't have a retractable lid what's the point of spending an extra 6-million to make it basebal friendly?

cbeumerApr. 29, 1310:48 AM

Geez Sid, did you bother to look at what Hicks has done in his last 10 games to compare to Benson? Hicks is hitting .240 with a .424 OBP the past 10 games. Benson hit .270 the past 10 in AAA.

BCanniffApr. 29, 1310:59 AM

The Giants and Jets spent over a billion dollars building Met Life stadium without a roof. I went to the Vikings Jets game that was delayed for over an hour by a violent thunderstorm that forced the stadium to be evacuated due to lightning. We were forced to stand in the concession area which is also uncovered and were thoroughly drenched. Outdoor stadiums in bad weather are too miserable and endanger the health of fans who pay high prices. Put a lid on it.

kzmannApr. 29, 1311:00 AM

Lets see,we need to shorten the baseball field.We should be able to get some more out of this.

hobie2Apr. 29, 1312:36 PM

So we tear down the only covered stadium in 500 miles and build an uncovered one in it's place... In Minnesota... for a Billion dollars... The covered one used 24/7 all year around... the uncovered one only used on sunny days, and only until 10 pm (game day excepted maybe) because of the noise and lights... ARE YOU PEOPLE NUTS?


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