Weekend Web Gems: Shifting, Comparing & Projecting


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"It’s been a long time, now I’m coming back home. I’ve been away now, oh, how I’ve been alone. Wait till I come back to your side, we’ll forget the tears we cried.” – The Beatles"

This kind of describes my feelings about the Weekend Web Gems, they never are here for long enough, but don’t you worry, we have a hot new batch of web gems for you.

As you probably know, Paul Molitor is now the bench coach for the Minnesota Twins and with his addition to the coaching staff, the club is thinking about using shifts on defense. Parker Hageman wrote about this over at Twins Daily.

Is Joe Mauer a Hall of Famer? Edward Thoma, Baseball Outsider, examines just that and the answer is much more definite than I would have imagined.

The Tenth Inning Stretch compares new Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco to a former Twin. It’s a pretty good Twin, so don’t worry!

Jim Crikket, Knuckleballs, was at the Twins Caravan stop in Cedar Rapids, it was also the Cedar Rapids Kernels annual hot stove banquet. A lot of great stuff here including quotes!!!

AHHHHHHHHH! BREAKOUT! We all are always looking for who will breakout into a light of greatness and Cody Christie, North Dakota Twins Fan, broke down his candidates for a 2014 breakout.

Brad Swanson, Kevin Slowey was Framed!, put Jack Morris’ mustache on Joe Mauer’s face and that’s enough reason to click the link right there.

Derek Wetmore, 1500 ESPN, gave his 25-man roster projection for the Twins, check it out.

Mike Berardino, Pioneer Press, reports that the St. Paul Saints do not have any interest in Alex Rodriguez. Thank, goodness.

The Cubs unveiled a new mascot this week. Like the Twins mascot T.C., he is a bear wearing no pants. Mike Rand, Star Tribune, points out that Clark is kind of creepy.

ICYMI: Talk to Contact talk to big time Twins prospect Trevor May, so you’ll want to check that out.

Probably by the time you see this clock, via the Star Tribune, pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training will be less than 30 days away. Yeehaw!

I quit making music suggestions, by forgetting about them for probably about a month now, but Bruce Springsteen released a new album, High Hopes, this week and you should listen to it.

You have reached the end of the Weekend Web Gems, but y’all come back now, ya hear!