Bartlett revitalized after a year off

  • Article by: LA VELLE E. NEAL III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 24, 2014 - 11:28 AM

Jason Bartlett is back with the Twins after sitting out 2013 to rest his body and mind.

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joking57Feb. 24, 14 8:18 AM

"...the utility role will be even more vital if the Twins take 13 pitchers north. That leaves a three-man bench."////How in the world can this team, after investing $84M in Starting Pitching- which should mean obviously longer-lasting appearances, justify considering a 13 man pitching staff and only a 3 man bench? Especially when they did absolutely nothing to improve the offense- except sign a total non-offensive entity in Kurt Suzuki to take one starting spot and 2 wish-and-prayer guys whose careers were basically listed as "Do Not Resuscitate."

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Izzy96Feb. 24, 14 9:21 AM

I think the Twins offense will be improved this year, and Bartlett has MLB skills that might be useful off the bench. Nothing lost by an invite to training camp to find out.

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skeptikFeb. 24, 14 9:22 AM

Sorry, Not totally on board with Gardy's idea of having a team that is basically nine utility players switching in and out of various positions not unlike a beer league softball team. Especially when most cannot hit more than .200 and as a team lead the league in K's.

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ladykasFeb. 24, 14 9:59 AM

With Florimon's horrid offense, why couldn't Bartlett end up being the starter. .270 and at least descent defense would be nice.

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richreeseFeb. 24, 1410:11 AM

I remember when the Buchanan-Bartlett trade occurred that John Gordon announced that, according to research done either by the Twins or Elias, this was the first time two "presidents" had been traded for each other. A few innings later, Gordon remarked that though there had been a President Buchanan, apparently President Bartlett was from a TV show (West Wing).

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lakestellaFeb. 24, 1410:37 AM

Sure wish they would have gotten a picture of Jason, at 34 years old, with his Mohawk haircut.

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BCanniffFeb. 24, 1410:44 AM

He should be a big improvement over no hit Florimon.

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brocklander1Feb. 24, 1412:29 PM

All the best ballplayers take a year off when they're 33.... Also, someone better tell his wife that when you don't work its called traveling, not vacation.

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douggohiatusFeb. 24, 1412:40 PM

Good for him if he makes the club, but the only encouraging thing I see here is that they want him to shag flies. Gardy's need for utility outfielders drives me nuts, so if Bartlett can handle some outfield as well as some infield, fine. Bartlett is four full seasons removed from being an effective offensive player, and nearly two full seasons removed from playing at all. And he thinks a month of spring training at-bats is going to make him good as new? He's not going to unseat anybody as the starting shortstop. He'll be a cheaper Punto. And that's just fine, but let's not get too excited here.

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dreadnoughtFeb. 24, 1412:47 PM

The competition for Bartlett resembles Elio Chacon more than Omar Vizquel. He should have a decent chance to stick and help the Twins vacate the cellar.

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