Michael Cuddyer: Minnesota Twins lack...

Michael Cuddyer: Minnesota Twins lack 'fire'

There are 55 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Apr 28, 2011, titled Michael Cuddyer: Minnesota Twins lack 'fire'. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Twins' Michael Cuddyer holds a hand warmer in his right hand in the dugout just prior to the start of Wednesday night's game against the Rays at Target Field in Minneapolis, April 27, 2011.

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Ozzie Guillen

Springfield, IL

#42 Apr 29, 2011
Iffy I take ober dis team, dey gonna be more dominate den da Jankees.
brachiosaurus

Warwick, RI

#43 Apr 29, 2011
Scott in Orlando wrote:
I like how Cuddyer is one of the few who actually played well and yet some posters blindly attack him. Perhaps we would like him better if he went 0-for ...
My friend, Scott...this old dinosaur didn't make the Elmer Fudd comment. Hopefully, you're not including brachiosaurus in the "some posters" category. There's a lot of evidence contradicting the notion that Cuddyer played well or has played well so far this season, and frankly, it's tough to hold back here. Last night's DP after Morneau's early walk and his grounding into the third out after Morneau drove in Span didn't sit well. Butera has as many RBI as Cuddyer, and with less than half the at-bats. Fudd...err, Cuddyer has already hit into five double-plays. In the Cleveland series, Cuddyer managed to strand 9. If Gardenhire were benching for third outs and hitting into double-plays, Cuddyer would have his fair share of splinters. Sorry. Believe it or not, Cuddyer is one of this dinosaur's favorite Twins, but let's be honest.
CamelTow

Calgary, Canada

#44 Apr 29, 2011
Penske Material wrote:
They've been sleep walking all season for Gods sake.
They all need a kick in the arse, including the manager!
This team has needed the kick in the arse ever since Gardenhoser "rested" his players with 11 games to go in the regular season last year....ever since then the team has compiled an 11-23 record NOT including a series sweep at the hands of the Yankees....yea, that's Manager of Year material right there.
face it fans, this team just isn't that good. They did NOTHING in the offseason to improve this team, NOTHING but they did let 3 members of their bupllpen walk plus their entire middle infield and replaced that with an unproven Japanese player and a career back up, hence this team ,well, they aren't that good....BUT we have a new stadium.....
And whatever happened to Twins baseball? they used to be the Pirahnas...they don't run, they don't steal, they don't bunt,no suicide squeeze plays, no pressure on the other team. They don't do any of the things that Twins teams used to do to win games. They are lethargic and have no emotion and that my friends starts at the top......
Ozzie Guillen

Springfield, IL

#45 Apr 29, 2011
CamelTow wrote:
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This team has needed the kick in the arse ever since Gardenhoser "rested" his players with 11 games to go in the regular season last year....ever since then the team has compiled an 11-23 record NOT including a series sweep at the hands of the Yankees....yea, that's Manager of Year material right there.
face it fans, this team just isn't that good. They did NOTHING in the offseason to improve this team, NOTHING but they did let 3 members of their bupllpen walk plus their entire middle infield and replaced that with an unproven Japanese player and a career back up, hence this team ,well, they aren't that good....BUT we have a new stadium.....
And whatever happened to Twins baseball? they used to be the Pirahnas...they don't run, they don't steal, they don't bunt,no suicide squeeze plays, no pressure on the other team. They don't do any of the things that Twins teams used to do to win games. They are lethargic and have no emotion and that my friends starts at the top......
I givem da name "paranah". Now, dey more like golfish or matbe a catfish.
zamman

United States

#46 Apr 29, 2011
Well Gardy, if you think this is a cycle your wrong. You either need to get fired, quit or go out and kick some ass on these players. how can you say we don;t have any players. Put them all on the Dl and go gets AAA players, they are itching for a shot. Cuddyer, go in the clubhouse and punch someone or flat out kick some ass, maybe someone will get a clue. Turn off all the rap, rock and country music in the clubhouse and have a good old fashion ass-whooping. Maybe then the cycle will break....
jimbo92107

Minneapolis, MN

#47 Apr 29, 2011
I think it's psychological. And physical.

Maybe this team just doesn't play well outdoors. Didn't seem to bother the Rays...
Ozzie Guillen

Springfield, IL

#48 Apr 29, 2011
jimbo92107 wrote:
I think it's psychological. And physical.
Maybe this team just doesn't play well outdoors. Didn't seem to bother the Rays...
Da Cubs don play good at nite or inna cole weather. Juss a lotta axcuses when a team juss sucks.
wtf

Minneapolis, MN

#49 Apr 29, 2011
Maybe a pay cut will wright this ship!
Jack Dupp

Sun City, FL

#50 Apr 29, 2011
"We need something to light us up, because we need to play with fire." Really, Cuddy? Cause I've watched you guys get "lit up" all season long! I guess $10M per season doesn't include motivation. BTW, nice Elmer Fudd gear.

“Free and Fair Elections”

Since: Jan 09

Zumbrota, MN

#51 Apr 29, 2011
brachiosaurus wrote:
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My friend, Scott...this old dinosaur didn't make the Elmer Fudd comment. Hopefully, you're not including brachiosaurus in the "some posters" category. There's a lot of evidence contradicting the notion that Cuddyer played well or has played well so far this season, and frankly, it's tough to hold back here. Last night's DP after Morneau's early walk and his grounding into the third out after Morneau drove in Span didn't sit well. Butera has as many RBI as Cuddyer, and with less than half the at-bats. Fudd...err, Cuddyer has already hit into five double-plays. In the Cleveland series, Cuddyer managed to strand 9. If Gardenhire were benching for third outs and hitting into double-plays, Cuddyer would have his fair share of splinters. Sorry. Believe it or not, Cuddyer is one of this dinosaur's favorite Twins, but let's be honest.
I will do you one better Brach--Cuddyer is my all-time favorite player and I've been a fan since '61. That said, the 4 RBIs speak for themselves. Cuddyer has not hit with runners in scoring position. I believe he is something like 1-18. This happens in baseball. Going into the homestand, Kubel only had four RBI despite having 2 homers and hitting well above .300. I won't fault Cuddyer too much for the GDPs. Many good hitters hit into a lot of double plays and the Twins are handcuffed by lack of speed in the players that hit in front of Cuddyer, so they can't start runners to avoid DPs. In addition, they have been behind most of the time, so Gardy has no choice but to play for big innings. Cuddyer goes out and plays hard every day. He has started 5+ games at three positions already and many veterans would have vetoed something like that in the clubhouse.

“Free and Fair Elections”

Since: Jan 09

Zumbrota, MN

#52 Apr 29, 2011
CamelTow wrote:
<quoted text>
This team has needed the kick in the arse ever since Gardenhoser "rested" his players with 11 games to go in the regular season last year....ever since then the team has compiled an 11-23 record NOT including a series sweep at the hands of the Yankees....yea, that's Manager of Year material right there.
face it fans, this team just isn't that good. They did NOTHING in the offseason to improve this team, NOTHING but they did let 3 members of their bupllpen walk plus their entire middle infield and replaced that with an unproven Japanese player and a career back up, hence this team ,well, they aren't that good....BUT we have a new stadium.....
And whatever happened to Twins baseball? they used to be the Pirahnas...they don't run, they don't steal, they don't bunt,no suicide squeeze plays, no pressure on the other team. They don't do any of the things that Twins teams used to do to win games. They are lethargic and have no emotion and that my friends starts at the top......
The Twins of 2010-11 don't have the personnel to be doing much hitting and running, bunting, stealing etc. Last year's team had one stolen base threat in the everyday lineup--Span. This year's team has been hamstrung by early deficits and lack of baserunners, but they still have many guys who won't make an impact with their legs--Kubel, Thome, Morneau, Mauer with Young, Cuddyer, and Valencia being average runners at best. The team made a conscious decision last year to go with slower guys who could hit and have rebooted a bit (Casilla and Nishioka), but one is injured and the other is never on base.
brachiosaurus

Attleboro, MA

#53 Apr 29, 2011
Flatblade wrote:
<quoted text>I will do you one better Brach--Cuddyer is my all-time favorite player and I've been a fan since '61. That said, the 4 RBIs speak for themselves. Cuddyer has not hit with runners in scoring position. I believe he is something like 1-18. This happens in baseball. Going into the homestand, Kubel only had four RBI despite having 2 homers and hitting well above .300. I won't fault Cuddyer too much for the GDPs. Many good hitters hit into a lot of double plays and the Twins are handcuffed by lack of speed in the players that hit in front of Cuddyer, so they can't start runners to avoid DPs. In addition, they have been behind most of the time, so Gardy has no choice but to play for big innings. Cuddyer goes out and plays hard every day. He has started 5+ games at three positions already and many veterans would have vetoed something like that in the clubhouse.
No one is denying Cuddyer's hustle and dedication. The performance just hasn't been there, as you've also pointed out. Cuddyer's versatility, ironically, can be something of a drawback when the Twins need to get at-bats for players who they bring up from AAA, like Hughes. The minute Hughes has a an 0-4, he's on the bench. If Cuddyer was really doing damage at the plate, okay, but he's not. Therefore, Gardenhire should try to get some at-bats for some of these other guys, especially middle infielders, who the Twins may have to count on this season. Cuddyer is and should be the starting right fielder and the back-up first baseman. However, a little bench time might not hurt Cuddyer and could improve his performance. He's the oldest position player on the team after all, excluding Thome.
bill smith

Saint Paul, MN

#54 Apr 29, 2011
i have assembled a bunch of babies that will not play unless they are 100% healthy!!!!!!!! the fan's are turning big time against my team!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Sep 08

Saint Paul, MN

#55 May 1, 2011
four days later and they still suck
wtf

Minneapolis, MN

#56 May 2, 2011
oxboro wrote:
four days later and they still suck
And you are correct!

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