Tuesday, March 20, 2012

30 Teams in 30 Posts: #9

After a crazy week that saw two #15 seeds defeat their #2 seeded foes, a quick check of the March Radness contest scoreboard reveals that Cardboard Collections is in the lead, with Stats on the Back a close second. Stats on the Back is leading all participants in total possible points, which is often a better indicator of who is really in the lead. Meanwhile, Brooklyn Blackbirds and JABOs are sitting pretty in last place, though Potchy Potch and the Cardboard Bunch (that is the correct name, right?) has the fewest possible points at this time.

Meanwhile, we're back to the countdown, with actual baseball action just a couple of weeks away. Minnesota was my hometown Portland Beavers' parent club for several years when I was young, including while the Twins won the World Series in 1987 and 1991. For that reason, but not much else, I have some fondness for this franchise.

Favorite current Twins player: Francisco Liriano. I wouldn't call myself a fan, exactly, but Liriano was so dominant that one season (2006) early in his career that I can't help but pull for the guy.

Least favorite current Twins player: Jason Marquis. Yeah, I can't let it go. Marquis isn't my least favorite Cardinal of all-time, but I certainly can't think of any pleasant memories of watching him pitch for St. Louis. He wasn't bad with the bat, though, but that probably won't make much of a difference for him in the AL.

Favorite Twins player of all-time: Bernardo Brito. For someone who only had 76 plate appearances in his entire MLB career, you might think this is a strange choice. Brito, a classic AAAA player, was a personal favorite of mine during his time in Portland. He hit 120 HRs for the Beavers in 5 seasons to go with 295 in his minor league career.

Least favorite Twins player of all-time: Dan Gladden. Gladden was terrible at baseball (.707 career OPS as primarily a corner outfielder?) yet won two World Series rings, including one over my Cardinals. So frustrating. SI cover? Seriously?

The Minnesota Twins appear at #9 in my reverse-ranking of favorite teams as of the moment I picked them a long, long time ago on October 4th, 2010. All of these cards are very much up for trade, so please contact me if you're interested.

1 comment:

Play at the Plate said...

That Mauer relic at the top would look good in my binder.