TWINS RUBES W.A.R.: What is it good for?
As a very beginner level sabermetrician, one statistic that I can comprehend is WAR - Wins Above Replacement. Basically it calculates how many wins a player added to his team over a period of time, ab... Posted on 2/12/13 at 5:02 PM
With fifteen major league baseball teams training in the Phoenix area, you would think that a baseball fan would be in heaven, racing from ballfield to ballfield collecting autographs and taking in the atmosphere.
Only four games remain in spring training, and the Twins have yet to make a number of roster decisions. But on Thursday, Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was not showing his hand, just practicing his standup routine.
Tsuyoshi Nishioka won a Gold Glove in Japan at second base and shortstop. Early on in spring training camp, Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire insisted he needed to see Nishioka work at both positions before deciding where he would play, but once Nishioka and Gardenhire talked it over, the manager quickly made a decision.
Trevor Plouffe could be in line to start some games with the Minnesota Twins this season if there are injuries or poor form with one of the starting middle infielders. But Plouffe has not had a good camp.
Dig a little deeper, and it becomes clear the Twins are in flux. Coach Steve Liddle points out that 40 percent of the players in the clubhouse are new to the Twins. Former Twins Manager Tom Kelly points out that some of those new players keep screwing up during routine spring training drills.
Although it seems that every other Twins player is coming to camp with some sort of injury concern -- Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Francisco Liriano -- there are plenty feeling better than ever, among them, Jim Thome.
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