Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Back, at least for a day

Years ago I realized that blogging every day made it easier to blog every day.

And taking days off  when the well seems dry makes it easier to skip other days, days when I might have something to say.

But here I am, because I figure I ought to put in an appearance after almost a week of avoiding this corner of the internet.

News from Twinsland since their playoff crawl ended:

* The Twins picked up Nelson Cruz' option for 2020. Might be the easiest decision the front office makes all winter. Man hit 41 homers and batted .311, and now he gets a pay cut.

* The Twins dismissed their entire Triple A coaching staff: manager Joel Skinner, pitching coach Stu Cliburn and hitting coach Javier Valentin. Cliburn in particular has been around the Twins organization for a long time. The Redwings finished 70-70 in 2019, which seems pretty solid considering that they couldn't have had a stable rotation considering how often the Twins shuffled the major league staff.

* Royce Lewis, who had a rough 2019 -- .236/.290/.371 split between high A Fort Myers and Double A Pensacola -- has been tearing it up in the Arizona Fall League. He was named the MVP of the Fall Stars Game on Sunday. He also has been playing mostly third base in the AFL, with a little second base and center thrown in. I don't know how much to read into this. The Twins have long said they see him sticking at shortstop. Not everybody agrees with that assessment.

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