The Twins have the night off tonight, so I thought use this blog post to take a look at a few of the ex-Twins that are still in the league and see….how are they doing now that we’ve let them go?
Torii Hunter: he has been in the league for 13 years and is starting to show his age. He’s batting only .238 with 6 homers and 16 RBI. Of course there’s been the off-field drama caused by his son, but he does continue to be one of the best fielding outfielders in the game. And, Twins fans still like to cheer for him.
Johan Santana: Just threw the first no-hitter in Mets history and is having a good year going 3-2 with a 2.38 ERA. Missed all of last year due to injury but is pulling down a whopping 25 million this year. 2 mil more than Joe Mauer. He would’ve had to battle with the likes of Carl Pavano and Jason Marquis to have been the ace of our staff this year. Good thing he’s with the Mets.
David Ortiz: This is the one the Twins have to be kicking themselves everyday for letting go. The aging “Big Papi” is still producing good numbers posting an AVG of .310 with 13 HR and 37RBI. Slightly better than Mauer, Doumit and Plouffe at DH.
J.J. Hardy: Would’ve been a mainstay at short and great #5 or #6 hitter, J.J. has gone yard 10 times this year with 25 RBI with a career best .992 fielding percentage and is in the prime of his career. Thanks Bill Smith.
A.J. Pierzynski: I think A.J. gets overlooked as one that got away because we have Joe Mauer. However, I would like to entertain the idea that we’d be better off with A.J. He’s batting a solid .303 this year with 10 HR and 37 RBI. I’ll remind you of Mauer’s numbers – .298 / 3 / 25. A.J.’s WAR (Wins Above Replacement) and Joe’s WAR are both at 1.0. All that number means is that their impact with them in the lineup is 1 extra win. Okay, so you don’t like A.J.’s personality? All he does is make other teams hate him and get his own guys fired up in the process. It would be nice to see a leader in the clubhouse. Oh, and another thing, A.J.’s salary this year is 6 mil, compared to Joe’s at 23 mil. Hmmm.
Finally, we get to (and I know I left a lot out):
R.A. Dickey: What, you say? Remember we had him back in ’09? Of course he didn’t do a lot for us back then as a long reliever. Why, he only amassed a paltry 4.62 ERA (3 pts lower than Blackburn or Marquis) in 35 games. After his stop in MN, he went to the Mets to be a starter. Since then he’s 27-23 with a 3.02 ERA – numbers any Twins starter would die for right now. Oh, I almost forgot – he’s the winningest pitcher in the Majors right now at 9-1….somehow, we missed that one.
I know this is info you probably all ready know, but I just wanted to point out that, while we’re busy occupying the cellar in the Central Division, there are former Twins out there who are flourishing and doing well and, don’t worry, they will be just fine.
Good luck to all of them. I really mean that.
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Written by Mike Schlottman
Mike is graduate of St. Olaf College and has been blogging about the Minnesota Twins since 2012.