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Michael Cuddyer fine with staying at second base for Twins

There are 14 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Apr 24, 2011, titled Michael Cuddyer fine with staying at second base for Twins. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Manager Ron Gardenhire and Michael Cuddyer, one of the Twins' more versatile players, appear to have reached a consensus on Cuddyer becoming the team's regular second baseman until Tsuyoshi Nishioka recovers from a broken leg.

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TC Bear

Morristown, NJ

#1 Apr 25, 2011
Cruddy is a liability at any position other than right field. Let's stop with this love affair fro a guy who is grossly overpaid based on ine good year and the fact he seems like a nice guy. I wish I had a dollar for everytime he grounds in to a double play. This guy is mediocre at best and makes all this money because he is another Gardy pet........and don't even get me started on arrogant and worthless Gardenhire. The guy will never win anything other than the worst division in baseball.
smartie

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Apr 25, 2011
With Punto gone, Cuddyer is not one of the most versatile players on the team.
He is the most versatile.
TC Florida

Cocoa Beach, FL

#3 Apr 25, 2011
Cuddyer has enormous value for the Twins due to his versatility. The best part is that allows Kubel to play regularly as the teams best hitter thus far. And the truth is Cuddyer has played 2nd more effectively than Nishioka did. I do wonder why Gardy doesn't put Kubel in LF more.

I do agree with keeping Nathan on the roster and pithing him in mostly non-closing situations. This allows him to contribute to the pen plus continue to work his way back.
Bob the Bilderberger

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Apr 25, 2011
Cuddyer is a natural infielder, having played second base all through school and into the minor leagues. He was only converted to outfielder in the farm system because of his bat.

That said, he has unusual power for a second baseman which should be considered an improvement over the Twins regular second basemen.
FMC651

Ashland, WI

#5 Apr 25, 2011
smartie wrote:
With Punto gone, Cuddyer is not one of the most versatile players on the team.
He is the most versatile.
No, with Punto gone Mike took over as Gardy favorite pet. Cuddyer great guy but not a 2nd baseman.

Since: Jul 08

St. Paul

#6 Apr 25, 2011
Because that outfield defense of Kubel, Young and Span will send shivers of fear throughout the American league.

Is the Twins farm system so outright bad that Gardenfire feels like he has to plug his starting right fielder into second base? And if that is the case, why have they done NOTHING to change that?
what the blank

Eden Prairie, MN

#7 Apr 25, 2011
Doesnt that make Cuddyer the highest paid 2nd baseman in MLB??..
a gold glove, 300 avg. 30 hr, 100 RBI's right?

you give Casilla a chance, but not Luke Hughes?
Casilla couldnt carry Hughes jock!
at least Hughes hits the ball out of the infield!
Tommy

Madison, WI

#8 Apr 25, 2011
Cuddyer is OK at 2nd but a much better option that Tolbert and others in the batting order. That is why you put him at 2nd -- not because he's the best 2nd baseman but because he lets you have Kubel and Thome in the lineup at the same time. Amazing how so few people understand this concept.
TC Florida

Cocoa Beach, FL

#9 Apr 25, 2011
Tommy wrote:
Cuddyer is OK at 2nd but a much better option that Tolbert and others in the batting order. That is why you put him at 2nd -- not because he's the best 2nd baseman but because he lets you have Kubel and Thome in the lineup at the same time. Amazing how so few people understand this concept.
Thank you for saying it!

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Since: Jan 09

Zumbrota, MN

#10 Apr 25, 2011
Cuddyer's second base play gets more capable as his OPS improves. So far this year, he's looked OK in the field and even made one fine play on a soft liner up the middle. He's never going to have range like Robbie Alomar, but if he makes the routine plays, positions himself properly and makes good decisions, he'll be fine.

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Since: Jan 09

Zumbrota, MN

#11 Apr 25, 2011
Bob the Bilderberger wrote:
Cuddyer is a natural infielder, having played second base all through school and into the minor leagues. He was only converted to outfielder in the farm system because of his bat.
That said, he has unusual power for a second baseman which should be considered an improvement over the Twins regular second basemen.
Bob, he was a shortstop in high school and then moved to third by the Twins.

“Free and Fair Elections”

Since: Jan 09

Zumbrota, MN

#12 Apr 25, 2011
what the blank wrote:
Doesnt that make Cuddyer the highest paid 2nd baseman in MLB??..
a gold glove, 300 avg. 30 hr, 100 RBI's right?
you give Casilla a chance, but not Luke Hughes?
Casilla couldnt carry Hughes jock!
at least Hughes hits the ball out of the infield!
Luke Hughes:.207 avg..448 OPS
Alexi Casilla:.200 avg..485 OPS

Neither one has scared pitchers so far. Hughes has struck out nine times in 29 PAs. Unless you have real power, that is too many Ks. Casilla's struggles have been well-documented, but he has had success in the majors, Hughes has not.
limegreen

Marshall, MN

#13 Apr 26, 2011
Hughes has not given much of a chance to be successful in the majors yet. I think he should get more playing time. Some guys can come right up at hit right away, some it takes a couple years.
Victim of the Economy

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Apr 26, 2011
move nishi to short keep cuddy at second and with tolbert available...kick casilla loose.
That dude has proven he can't get it done on or off the field.

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