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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Twins - DFAed Batista

Minnesota Twins - Designated 3B Tony Batista for assignment; recalled SS Jason Bartlett.

It’s a good thing that the quality period of Batista’s career wasn’t long enough for him to develop a substantial fan following.  Can you imagine a slew of kids emulating their hero by imitating that horrific batting stance?  Yikes.  The .303 OBP was pretty high for Batista, who’s been at .298 (Japan), .272, and .270 the last three years.  He may have to go back to Japan to get another chance.

I think for brevity, I should just warp ahead for the Bartlett transaction in 2 weeks.

Minnesota Twins - Optioned SS Jason Bartlett to Rochester (AAA).

You could tell this was coming.  With Bartlett making that one error last week and Juan Castro red-hot, bringing his OPS to almost .600, the Twins felt that their nearly league-worse offense had enough oomph to get them through the pennant race.  Also, that time Bartlett struck out, Ron Gardenhire was upset that Bartlett went back to the dugout calmly rather than threatening to strangle the umpire with piano wire.

Dan Szymborski Posted: June 14, 2006 at 05:26 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Cris E Posted: June 15, 2006 at 05:38 PM (#2064955)
Go ahead and laugh, but young Bartlett is here and hitting. Everyone says he's got the job until golf starts in early October. And it means the four-headed, zero-batted, octopus-out-making amalgum of Castro, Punto, Rodriguez and Tiffee are moving over to third for the rest of the year.
   2. Brandon in MO (Yunitility Infielder) Posted: June 15, 2006 at 05:50 PM (#2064982)
It’s a good thing that the quality period of Batista’s career wasn’t long enough for him to develop a substantial fan following.

Just wait until Tony opens the "Tony Batista Baseball Academy" in Puerto Plata!
   3. Proo Posted: June 16, 2006 at 02:24 AM (#2065683)
Castro's apparently been traded back to the Reds, so at least now he only has to stay ahead of Li'l Nicky. That may give him an extra couple weeks on the roster until we dredge up the next washed-up-three-years-ago vet. What's Benji Gil doing these days?
   4. TFTIO is familiar with the works of Pablo Neruda Posted: June 16, 2006 at 02:31 AM (#2065701)
Castro's apparently been traded back to the Reds

HALLELUJAH
   5. Brandon in MO (Yunitility Infielder) Posted: June 16, 2006 at 02:38 AM (#2065713)
I confused Benji Gil with Jerry Gil.

Jerry Gil has drawn 5 walks in 226 PA.

Jerry Gil is definately going to win the "Ozzie Guillen Award" for the 2000s if he gets regular playing time.

Heck, you could call him Ozzie Gil!
   6. We don't have dahlians at the Palace of Wisdom Posted: June 16, 2006 at 04:19 AM (#2065755)
Trade you Batista's contract for Ortiz's. C'mon Twins fans, you know you need the rotation depth.
   7. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 16, 2006 at 07:38 PM (#2066192)
Jerry Gil has drawn 5 walks in 226 PA.


... and is spending as much time in CF as he is at SS.

-- MWE

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