Right on lilly. Too many times have serviceable player(or better than servicable, see Ortiz) have been given the boot by the FO and Gardy because of their supposed non-conformity or other absurd reason. Sure, Luke would light it up in ST and then come out flat in the regular season but I feel with more playing time he would have shined for us in a way that Alexi Casilla can not. I like the comparison to Dan Uggla in that article. I remember I was clamoring for us to sign Uggla after he left Florida.
Well anyways, best of luck to Luke wherever he ends up and just maybe he can sneak through waivers and remain with us, even though I get the feeling that he would just rather go somewhere else now.
My biggest question would be...What makes Sean Burroughs more valuable to this team than Hughes? Hughes can play more positions(and do it adequitely I might add) and is an overall better hitter. Power for sure, contact probably the same. Twins should have let Burroughs go. If not him then Jeff Gray. 13 pitchers is too many anyways.
Well i think the concern was with a couple injuries that werent DL worthy in the staff of being shorthanded for a couple days.. so they had to pick the guy to send down
1. Plouffe isn't anything special at all2. burroughs barely plays and hasn't done much so far (defensive upgrade over)3. hughes can play every infield position really, maybe not SS, had a good spring and is pop off the bench
So yeah they picked the worst option to send out
There is no following that logic.
ahh now we know ;-)
As anticipated, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is trying to determine who can be an emergency catcher now that Luke Hughes has been DFA'd. I think there's a chance that, when the Twins go back to 12 pitchers, they might call a catcher up. Drew Butera is leading the catchers at Class AAA Rochester with a .250 average. He's also made one start in the outfield.
Gardy is running out of ways to put new lineups out there. What has it been 11, 12 different lineups in 13 games?
Needs to have Butera up so he can keep mixing and matching and moving people around...
We don't have a good team, but position players/offense isn't the problem...it's the pitching.
Without letting a starting lineup play together for a good amount of time, how is he supposed to know what he could have? The offense and defense would likely be even better if Gardy ever settled on his starters...which he never does unless injuries force him to do....like end of 2009 and a good chunk of the 2nd half of 2010.
Tinkering every single game is counter-productive and believing the team isn't that good certainly shouldn't mean you play your substitutes MORE...should mean you play your best players as much as possible and your subs way less...in order to field your best team.