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Morneau Breaks Out
Posted by Peter Schoenke at 8/10/2006 8:03:00 AM
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Justin Morneau hit his 30th home run and drove in his 100th RBI in Wednesday's win over Detroit. His 8th-inning two-run home run was the game winner.

He's now the first Twins player to hit 30 home runs since 1987, when Kent Hrbek (34), Tom Brunansky (32) and Gary Gaetti (31) reached the mark during their first world championship season.

What's amazing about the streak is that during the last 17-years the Twins have been one of the better franchises with a world series title (1991), four playoff appearences and nine winning seasons. And their home ballpark is called the "homer dome."

Meanwhile Morneau is quietly making a case to be MVP. He has 19 homers with 63 RBIs in 55 games since June 7. In the AL, he's 9th in OPS, 2nd in RBIs and could finish much higher if he keeps up his recent pace.

We put him on the RotoWire MLB magazine cover in 2005. We were just a year off thinking he'd be this kind of hitter. Staying healthy is making a difference.


Bert Blyleven for HOF. Morneau and Mauer must carry the Twins for them to win the Wild Card with or without Liriano. Question is, do you guys feel the Twins over worked Liriano? Everybody bagged on Twins management for not starting Liriano from day 1 of this season, and I think people can now understand why they didn't.
Posted by schwang2u at 8/12/2006 1:21:00 AM
So are you suggesting that Liriano didn't start because the Twins feared he'd hurt his arm? I don't think that's really the case. I think you're making an ex-post-facto justification.
Posted by Erickson at 8/12/2006 11:52:00 AM
No, not really that he'd hurt his arm, but be in it for the long haul and not overwork him. Weaver and Verlander have both missed time with the same problem. All I know is I hear how the Twins would be here and there and everywhere if they only started him at the beginning. Most notably from Rob Neyer and a few other columnists. The only Twin in the last umpteen years to have any kind of arm problems was Joe Mays. They know how to use and groom pitchers. What other reason can you think of why they didn't? Scott Baker beats him out for the last spot in the rotation? They're either really dumb or they knew what they were doing, 1 of the 2. I'll go with the latter.
Posted by schwang2u at 8/13/2006 1:12:00 AM
It's not just Liriano - at least he was in the bullpen and producing. How about the delay in using Jason Bartlett at shortstop? Or giving so many at-bats to Tony Batista?

They have a history of waiting too long to give key young players critical jobs (Justin Morneau, moving Santana into the rotation) and failing to make the one extra move that could put the team over the top. They're running that risk again this year.
Posted by Erickson at 8/14/2006 1:14:00 AM
Batista and Rondell White were signings, if they don't play them, what are they going to do? Sit em on the bench and waste the stupid investments altogether? Punto replaced Batista, and has produced, but call it a blessing, he isn't a 3rd baseman whatsoever. Bartlett was a disappointment the first time around, but has seemed to put that behind him and has made himself a better hitter, and has been great defensively. Him and Gardenhire fought quite often though, which has happened with a few other Twins players and Gardenhire. Funny how his reputation is being a players manager, even though nobody can get along with him. I think he tears the Twins down and a robot could manage us better, but that is just a personal opinion.
Posted by schwang2u at 8/15/2006 2:36:00 PM
"What's amazing about the streak is that during the last 17-years the Twins have been one of the better franchises with a world series title (1991), four playoff appearences and nine winning seasons. And their home ballpark is called the "homer dome." -Posted from above blog

Small market, no HR hitters, a so called problem giving young players critical jobs, yet 1 of the better teams in the last 20 years. Put that in your Twins history notes Erickson.
Posted by schwang2u at 8/15/2006 8:19:00 PM

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