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Journal Writing Project - Failure, Yet Again?

By Cody Hendrickson

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

By Cody Hendrickson

I know it is March Madness and all, but March gets me in the mood for one thing; baseball. Our Minnesota Twins began Spring Training at the beginning of this month and let’s just say that they aren’t the team they were last year. I know it may be hard to believe, but they may be worse.

Over the course of the off-season, the Twins managed to trade away both of their centerfielders, Denard Span to the Nationals, and Ben Revere to the Phillies. The team not only let go of some players but also let go of their entire staff except Manager, Ron Gardenhire, and Pitching Coach, Rick Anderson. In my opinion, how can you keep the pitching coach, when pitching was and is still your main problem?

The team also failed to solidify their starting rotation. They signed Mike Pelfrey, who just recovered from Tommy John Surgery. However, he has pitched fairly well this spring. They obtained Vance Worley from the Phillies in the Revere trade. He is young and spunky, but hasn’t proven himself at the MLB level yet. The Twins don’t know when Scott Diamond, our best returning starter, will be healthy either. The team’s rotation looks like this right now: Scott Diamond, Mike Pelfrey, Vance Worley, Kevin Correia, and Kyle Gibson. At this point we may have the leagues worst rotation, and if you have been paying any attention to the WBC, Samuel Deduno would look good in a Twins uniform again this year.

The position players need to prove themselves, at least some of them. We know Mauer, Morneau, and Willingham will perform but what about the new everyday players, Parmalee, Hicks, Plouffe, and Florimon. You might say, “Who,” but these guys are young prospects that could surprise us. Just don’t count on it though.

This team that we want to do so well is not built to succeed in the “stacked” American League. They have weak starting pitching, and slightly below average position players. This may be a .500 team at best this year, but if we are patient they will develop for the future right. Wrong. By the time they develop; Mauer, Morneau, and Willingham may be long gone, and we may have to start the cycle over again. I would love to say that I believe in the organization, but right now it just isn’t there. All we can do is sit and wait to see what is in store for the future. Have fun watching the Home Opener in the snow!

Cody Hendrickson is a senior at Fillmore Central High School. He is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its fourteenth year.

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