March 29, 2006
One of the lessons I've learned since appearing in Sports Illustrated last week is that the easiest way to become "famous" is to simply trick someone who is already famous into believing you're famous too. In other words, once you get one person with some clout believing it, the rest is easy.
In addition to e-mails from just about everyone I knew back in junior high, offers to do numerous radio shows across the country have been flowing in since last week. I almost always turn those down, because calling in to a show that I've never heard before to talk to people I can't see doesn't sound like fun to me (in fact, the few times I've done it has sort of freaked me out).
However, one offer that I just couldn't turn down is appearing on a prominent local television show. As usual I'll keep the details to myself until everything is set in stone later this week, but it should be pretty cool. I'm confident that my fame clock is at 14 minutes and ticking, because otherwise you guys are going to get sick of me pretty quickly.
With that little tease out of the way, here are some Twins notes ...
UPDATE: In order to keep Mulholland on the roster, the Diamondbacks will risk exposing both Koyie Hill and Luis Terrero on waivers, potentially losing two relatively valuable young players for absolutely nothing. See, it's not only the Twins who make odd roster decisions.
One knock I've heard against signing Durazo as a bench player is that he won't stand for not playing regularly, but I doubt that's the case now that he's had the rude awakening of only receiving a minor-league contract during the offseason and then being released during spring training. Another likely knock is that Sierra is a switch-hitter, whereas Durazo is a left-handed hitter. Normally that's an important consideration, except Durazo has been far better against lefties over the past three years:
AVG OBP SLG OPS
Durazo .288 .365 .461 .826
Sierra .235 .281 .407 .688
And if he doesn't, there'll be plenty of time to complain while we watch Castro and Punto eat up outs. Incidentally, if the Twins begin the season with Tony Batista (career OBP of .298) and Castro (career OBP of .271) as the left side of their infield, they should never again be allowed to pretend that want to (or know how to) genuinely improve the offense. It's like someone making a New Year's resolution to lose weight by only eating at McDonald's.
Batista, who had been struggling at the plate, had a rough day in the field. He booted a ball and had another skip past him for a double.And here's what Joe Christensen wrote about Batista's hitting in Monday's Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Twins third baseman Tony Batista went 0-for-4, lowering his average to .222 and his on-base percentage to .255.That's some quote from Gardenhire. I continue to be amazed that Terry Ryan (whom I assume is the "they" Gardenhire is referring to) is responsible for this entire situation. But hey, Batista might hit 25 homers!
Still, the Twins remain committed to keeping Batista as their everyday third baseman. They actually like his defense, and he is tied for the team lead with three home runs in 45 at-bats.
"Hopefully, Tony will be able to get this thing done," Gardenhire said. "It has not been looking great lately, but they told me that's what you're going to get."
UPDATE: The Twins cut Reyes this morning, meaning both Liriano and Eyre will make the Opening Day roster. Thanks for reading, Mr. Ryan. Oh, and tell Mr. Gardenhire that I also said not to make Liriano a LOOGY.