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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Top prospect Buxton sustains concussion in collision

Center fielder Byron Buxton, baseball’s top prospect, was hospitalized Wednesday night with a concussion after colliding with Double-A New Britain teammate Mike Kvasnicka in right-center field.

The collision occurred on a fly ball in the top of the fifth inning, when Kvasnicka’s knee appeared to hit Buxton near his left shoulder. Buxton was playing in his first game at New Britain after being promoted on Monday.

Play was suspended for more than 30 minutes as Buxton was stabilized on a stretcher and carried into an ambulance at New Britain Stadium. Buxton laid on the ground for several minutes and did not appear to be moving. Kvasnicka left the field under his own power but went with Buxton to the hospital.

PUNCHLINE: He seems okay. But still, yikes.

kthejoker Posted: August 14, 2014 at 11:23 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Davo Dozier Posted: August 14, 2014 at 01:54 PM (#4771105)
Not a great year to be a "can't miss" Twins prospect. Sheesh.
   2. TDF, situational idiot Posted: August 14, 2014 at 02:26 PM (#4771134)
I traded away Max Scherzer this year (my team is a mess); I insisted that Buxton be part of the package coming back.

Like when I insisted on Xander Bogaerts as part of the package for Felix Hernandez on May 18.

Like 2 years ago, when I strong-armed a guy to give me Nick Franklin in the package for Billy Butler.

Like 3 years ago, when I insisted on Johnny Giavotella as part of a package for Joe Mauer.

Like when I signed Ricky Romero, Gavin Floyd, and Colby Lewis to long-term (3 additional years) contracts after the '11 season (extending a guy is very cheap in our league).

Like when I signed Mitch Moreland for 3 more seasons after '12.

Like when I signed Eric Hosmer for 4 more years after '13.

The ironic part of all this is that I named my team "Snakebit" before any of these things happened (of course, maybe it was an omen...).
   3. kthejoker Posted: August 14, 2014 at 02:30 PM (#4771136)
I basically posted this to crush Davo's spirit, so post 1 is mildly disappointing.
   4. Cargo Cultist Posted: August 14, 2014 at 02:33 PM (#4771140)
This is why we can't have nice things.
   5. Harry Balsagne, anti-Centaur hate crime division Posted: August 14, 2014 at 03:00 PM (#4771161)
What the everloving ####.
   6. Davo Dozier Posted: August 14, 2014 at 03:12 PM (#4771173)
I basically posted this to crush Davo's spirit, so post 1 is mildly disappointing.
Sorry! I'm still very optimistic about our chances moving forward, so pleased was I with our trades over the past month.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: August 14, 2014 at 05:25 PM (#4771278)
Like 2 years ago, when I strong-armed a guy to give me Nick Franklin in the package for Billy Butler.

This was a good trade.

Like 3 years ago, when I insisted on Johnny Giavotella as part of a package for Joe Mauer.

Never drink and trade.

Like when I signed Mitch Moreland for 3 more seasons after '12.

Nobody escapes the Curse of Mitch Moreland ... not even Mitch Moreland. But hey, somebody had to replace Mauer. :-)

Like when I signed Eric Hosmer for 4 more years after '13.

I'd'a done the same thing. I thought he was gonna be a nice player. Maybe he just needs some real coaching.
   8. TDF, situational idiot Posted: August 14, 2014 at 06:33 PM (#4771341)
Like 2 years ago, when I strong-armed a guy to give me Nick Franklin in the package for Billy Butler.

This was a good trade.
It was until the Mariners signed Cano. Since he exceeded his rookie limits last year, I had to either have him on my active roster at the beginning of the year (we have a 20 man "minor league", so I needed to hope a full-time middle infielder dropped through the auction so I could draft him and switch out Franklin after week 1) or lose him. I kept him, thinking there was no way Seattle would let him rot in the minors - they'd either move him to SS or trade him. Well, they did neither the 1st half of the year, giving the SS job to Brad Miller and stuffing Franklin in AAA. When they finally did trade him, it was to Tampa where he's blocked at 2B by Zobrist. So now I have to put him on my active roster again next year or lose him.

Of course, Franklin taught them - he quit hitting in AAA (.566 OPS for Durham).
Like 3 years ago, when I insisted on Johnny Giavotella as part of a package for Joe Mauer.

Never drink and trade.
Mauer was in the last year of his contract. Giavotella was 23, and sharing 2B with Chris Getz. They couldn't keep running Getz out there, could they? Well, not only did they, they committed to Getz full time until they signed Omar Infante this past off-season.
   9. The District Attorney Posted: August 14, 2014 at 07:32 PM (#4771379)
I'm sure Tampa acquired Franklin for a reason. There was a lot of trade talk surrounding Zobrist this year. His contract is up at the end of the season; the Rays have a $7.5M option. Although he is totally worth that -- and Yunel, even having a bad season, is totally worth the $12M/2 yr (plus team option for another $7M season) that he is owed past this year -- it shouldn't shock anyone if Tampa trades one of them anyway. Also, Butler isn't even that good to begin with.

The jury is still out on Bogaerts. IMO, it's more likely that you'll regret trading a Hall of Fame starting pitcher just in general than it is that you'll conclude it would have worked out had not Bogaerts flopped.

The only flat-out dumb moves I see there are Giovatella and Moreland... sure, they arguably underperformed, but the thing was that their upside was "mediocre" to begin with. (There is, if it makes you happy -- and to bring the subject full circle, back to Twins misery! -- a pretty good chance that Mauer ain't gonna be worth all that much.)
   10. TDF, situational idiot Posted: August 14, 2014 at 08:04 PM (#4771395)
The jury is still out on Bogaerts. IMO, it's more likely that you'll regret trading a Hall of Fame starting pitcher just in general than it is that you'll conclude it would have worked out had not Bogaerts flopped.
The way our league is set up, I only controlled him through next year and wouldn't compete before then anyway. He'll be a FA again when I'll be decent.
The only flat-out dumb moves I see there are Giovatella and Moreland... sure, they arguably underperformed, but the thing was that their upside was "mediocre" to begin with.
It's a 10 team, AL-only league with 15 hitters and 10 pitchers on each team. The league is won and lost on inexpensive "mediocre" guys who play every day, especially if one of them has a Chris Davis v. 2013 year.

And my point isn't that I think any of them were "dumb" moves, it's that each of the players listed fell apart immediately after I committed to them. Buxton may have been jinxed the minute I traded for him.

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