Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Twins Inbox: Decent Questions, Dumb Answers

The Twins Mailbag, a longtime staple of the official Twins website, was recently renamed The Twins Inbox.

Now that the questions are emailed, it's filtered out some of the nutball cabin dweller shut-ins from up north who pace around muttering, "why don't they sign Barry Bonds."

Let's take a look at some Very Important Questions that were recently fielded by MLB writer Kelly Thesier.

I was wondering what the progress is on Boof Bonser and Pat Neshek? Any hopes that they'll be ready to pitch in the 2010 season?
-- Conni C., Ramsey, Minn

Let me answer your question with another question: Any hopes that they'll be ready to play shortstop in the 2009 season?

With the difficulties the bullpen has seen and with our young staff, would a six-man starting rotation help the Twins to give everyone rest rather than moving Anthony Swarzak to the 'pen? I think it would allow our starters to throw more pitches and possibly take a bit of load off the 'pen. What do you think?
-- David C., Minneapolis

Wow. Revolutionary. Better forward this one straight to Gardy. Apply the same idea to beer and start making 7-packs. Actually, that's not a bad idea. You should email Budweiser.

Why has Joe Mauer been hitting so many more home runs this year?
-- Tyler T., Minneapolis

Robby Incmikoski.

Will the Twins ever use Joe Nathan in a more extensive pitching role? There have been games when it is tied in the eighth inning, and the bullpen comes in and loses the game for us. I'm curious as to the logic behind saving Nathan only for save situations.
-- Shannon S., Minneapolis

Maybe he should start some games. The Twins could go to a 7-man pitching rotation, which would really take some stress off of our 'pen and young rotation.

Each starter could pitch on their favorite day of the week, adding comfort and stability. Like a mattress.

Do you think the Twins will re-sign Mauer, and if they do, will it be a long-term contract or a short-term contract?
-- Danny V., Lake City, Minn

Mauer's contract is up after the 2010 season. The Twins will have to weigh their options carefully. If the Twins explore the trade market, it's possible they could receive a nice package from another team. Remember, they've had great success trading talent to larger markets, acquiring impact players like Delmon Young and Carlos Gomez. If they were in a position to trade Mauer, they could scoff at some decent offers, get lowballed, then forced to make a trade for some bad prospects and one major leaguer who isn't even their top prospect and will under acheive, well, they'd certainly take a look.

When is Gardy going to abandon the 100-pitch count?
-- Bill M., Bismarck, N.D.

When he adopts the six-man pitching rotation.


Josh's Thoughts said...

My sister's friend did an internship with the Twins a few years ago and was told that the "Mailbag" questions are all made up by different interns. I've also heard the same thing about the "Aflac Trivia Question" on FSN by the same person who did an internship with FOX.

soup said...

I think the answer to a lot of life's questions is Robby Incmikoski

bizmarkie507 said...

oh come on Kelly couldn't of been that mean. That sarcasm has michael haas written all over it. The 7-packs one made me lol though.

Anonymous said...

Part of intern training is to teach them how to lie convincingly. So the interns could indeed be pretending to be other people who submit mailbag/inbox questions or trivia questions. Or your friends who were interns could be lying about what the interns did.

Which is better: Stupid questions made up by interns who know the questions are stupid, or stupid questions submitted by random people who haven't a clue?

Personally, I don't care one way or another. I just like to read AH!


TwinsWin83 said...

I havent had cable for 2 weeks and really what has bugged me the most about it is having to wonder if Robby Incmikoski has made any progress in tieing his own neckties or not.