My Wrist, Ron Swanson and My Off-Season Plan for the Minnesota Twins
By Paul Pleiss
A couple weeks ago I got into a mountain biking accident and fractured my left wrist, a scaphoid non-union for you medically inclined folks out there, here’s an x-ray of my hand. Late last week I had surgery and now I’m a robo-blogger, half cyborg, half human, 100% awesome. As a result of my injuries I’ve been absent from the blog, typing one handed is terribly annoying, not to mention the medication keeps me half-asleep at all times. For Halloween I was going to be RonSwanson, of Parks and Recreation, but the doctors have ordered me to stay at home and rest and to avoid alcohol and all forms of tobacco. What terrible thing did I do to miss Halloween parties in Miami? God hates me.
But let’s put ll of this medical and spiritual madness behind us, you don’t care about me, you’re here to read about the Twins and as Ron Swanson once said “The less I know about other people’s affairs, the happier I am. I’m not interested in caring about people. I once worked with a guy for three years and never learned his name. Best friend I ever had. We still never talk sometimes.” And with that we move on to the good stuff.
Last week while I was recovering from surgery the St. Louis Cardinals won the 2011 World Series and officially kicked off the off-season. I recently picked up a copy of the Twinscentric GM Handbook, 130 pages to help you play GM this off-season. I’m going to be working my way through the book and crafting my vision for the Twins, and then we’ll see how my plan compares with the actual happenings this winter. Over the course of the next three weeks I’ll be laying out my plan for the off-season and what we can do to resurrect the Twins from a 63-99 season.
Coming up later this week will be a preview of my 40-man roster which will need to be set in preparation for the Rule 5 draft and the winter meetings coming up in December. Way in with suggestions for who to protect and who to take some chances on.