Sid Hartman: Hunter sticks it to his old team again

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 17, 2013 - 12:08 PM

He remains a force six years after leaving the Twins.

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BallFourJun. 16, 1310:57 PM

The Red Sox staff needs to take a cue from Fister. That guy works fast.

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ulapoiJun. 16, 1311:39 PM

Of course the "sage" would never own up to the fact that the Bill Smith debacle has left the Twins where they are today. To make the ludicrous even more absurd, Smith is still with the organization.

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scampoutJun. 17, 13 6:35 AM

FYI Sidney, Glen Perkins also played one year with Torii, 2007.

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skeptikJun. 17, 13 7:59 AM

Hunter is one of the rare examples of a Free Agent signing with a team for some pretty large $$$ and then actually backing up that signing by playing well. Good for him. Sure wish that the Twinks would sign some FA's like Hunter.

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kev5115Jun. 17, 13 8:42 AM

Bill Smith is one of the worst things to ever happen to the Twins. How can someone with the incompetence of Bill Smith still be employed? Only in the Twins organization.

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hjlazniJun. 17, 13 8:52 AM

Bill Smith is one of the team's "Twins Way" guys so he is still here. The guys sent packing were Ortiz, Hunter, Santana, Casilla, Revere, Span and coach White.

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kivirl4Jun. 17, 1310:02 AM

Bill Smith was a terrible GM who ruined this team for years with his trades. That said, the Angels offered Torii 90 mill for five years, and it woudl have been ridiculous to match that. However, the Twins didnt even offer anything reasonable. Had the Twins started out with a reasonable offer, it may not have gotten to the Angels. However, too hard to fault Smith on that one. I like Torii, but never trust anythign he says. He says what the journalist wants to hear.

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netjesJun. 17, 13 1:00 PM

You can't fault the Twins for releasing Ortiz. They had a guy named Morneau they needed to play, and Ortiz was offered in a trade to every team, and not one was willing to trade even a low-level prospect for him. I'm happy for Ortiz, but no one saw his success coming. Signing Santana would have been a bust. Casilla? Please. The Angels overpaid for Hunter, just like the Rangers overpaid for Nathan. Hard to compete with that. Yes, Smith was a terrible GM, but for other reasons.

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ollie3Jun. 17, 13 1:40 PM

"I'm happy for Ortiz, but no one saw his success coming."-----It's not like he was only showing flashes here and there....he hit 18 HR in 89 games in 2001, 20 HR in 125 games in 2002...he was 3rd on the team in RBI in 2002....maybe nobody could predict he'd become a HoF candidate, but certainly his value and usefulness were there for anyone willing to pay attention.

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rickradio11Jun. 17, 13 2:14 PM

To: netjes. . .Who would you rather have had at DH from 2003-2013: David Ortiz or Matt Lecroy (2003, 2005), Jose Offerman (2004), Rondell White (2006), Jason Tyner (2007), Jason Kubel (2008, 2009), Jim Thome (2010, 2011), and Ryan Doumit (2012, 2013)? Ortiz stats from 2003-2013: 357 HR, 387 2B, 1528 H, 1137 RBI, 943 R, .281 BA, .389 OBP, .572 SLG, and .962 OPS. Also, Santana won 40 games from 2008-2010, with with a sub-3.00 ERA, and 4 shutouts. No Twins pitcher during those 3 years won that many games, pitched that many shutouts, or had a sub-3.00 ERA. Just sayin'. Over and out.

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