Random Link o’ the Day:
Luis Castillo Traded
The Mets took our leadoff guy. I really don’t have a strong opinion either way.
Minnesota Ranks 25th out of 30 in 2nd base OPS
They Rank 23rd out of 30 in leadoff OPS
The Twins 1st inning offensive line: .250 BA .322 OBP .341 SLG
The Twins offensive line overall: .267 BA .332 OBP .400 SLG (Thus showing the Twins are way below average offensively in the first inning i.e. when Castillo is typically leading off for us).
In reality, Luis Castillo doesn’t appear to be a major factor in this team’s scoring ability. Even his “Win probability Added” (WPA) was a meager .22 which was good enough for 10th out of 25 among MLB 2nd basemen. (However his WPA was 6th highest on the team this year.) He was a good glove but a huge injury risk. He did give offense to the team (whereas Nick Punto and L-Rod are offensive black holes) and I still don’t think Alexi Casilla is MLB worthy but we were going to lose him no matter what next year anyway.
I just can’t find it within myself to have any strong feelings on this trade. (The minor leaguers we got are probably just roster fillers). I wish the Twins could have pulled a legitimate prospect. But what can you do? The market for 2nd baseman was weak.
In the end, if I had to answer the question “How many wins is this trade going to cost the Twins,” my short answer is “less than one.” If Buscher or Casilla or Rondell White turn in a good September it could wipe out any loss the removal of Castillo created.
I talked about the Twins 2008 forecast (with dark overtones and pessimism) and mentioned a few other things, I was about to call it quits (thanks to a bit of undigested almond) when Jeff Straub called in at the halfway point. Jeff and I then discussed how the Twins were going to play the rest of the season and I did get to talk to Jeff about his recent podcast on Aaron Gleeman.
My podcast is available for download on my BlogTalkRadio profile or on the flashplayer conveniently placed in my sidebar.
You Know You’ve Hit Rock Bottom
Friday afternoon, Donruss officials confirmed that they have removed Vick from all future 2007 products, beginning with the October release of 2007 Donruss Gridiron Gear. A few hours later, Upper Deck removed Vick from its 2007 card releases and pulled all Vick items from its UD Authenticated memorabilia product line.
“If anybody who knows about the current Vick situation knows Donruss, they know that this is a decision we had to make because of Ann [Powell] and her love of dogs,” says Scott Prusha, Donruss’ communications manager. “This decision came straight from Ann.”
“[Value] wasn’t even a consideration,” Prusha says. “We met as a company and the idea was brought up to pull him. There was no opposition from anybody in the room. It was unanimous that we were behind the decision.”
I can’t recall something like this happening to any other football player. The higher the thrown the higher the fall I guess.
Calling him a “senior Taliban commander,” The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Abdullah Mehsud blew himself up at his hide-out in the town of Zhob in southwestern Baluchistan Province in Pakistan, rather than surrend er to government forces.
But what was he doing commanding Taliban troops in the first place?Mehsud had been captured by American forces in northern Afghanistan in December 2001 and sent to the Guantanamo Detention Center. The reason he was able to resume his duties as a Taliban commander is because we released him from Guantanamo in March 2004. The Times reported that “upon his return to the region, he took up arms again and soon became the Taliban commander of South Waziristan, a tribal area near the border with Afghanistan.”
Mehsud is suspected of being the mastermind behind the kidnapping of two Chinese engineers in 2004, one of whom was killed.
So the question, not asked by The Times, of course, is why on earth did we free Mehsud in the first place, permitting him to go back to his day job as a guerilla and terrorist leader?
The answer is as obvious as it is depressing: pressure from human rights activists and their journalistic accomplices throughout the world. In the past few years, we have released hundreds of detainees and most face no charges in their native countries when they are repatriated.
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