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  1. I feel like there’s a lot of work to be done on how concussions are handled. It seems like every time a player gets one in baseball, their season is ruined.

    Comment by Resolution — October 1, 2010 @ 6:48 pm

  2. “Those numbers are far, far above anybody on the Twins team…”

    Thome’s numbers, in just about the same number of plate appearances, are actually pretty darn close.

    “…and far above anything Morneau has done in the past.”

    Actually through July of last year–until he started playing with a bad back before finally being shut down in September with a fractured vertebre–he was in this neighborhood of good. Essentially, in every game he’s played healthy the last two years, he’s been one of the best hitters in the American League. Unfortunately, dude’s had some serious health issues.

    Comment by Luke in MN — October 1, 2010 @ 7:29 pm

  3. I don’t know that any 1B is a true +20 fielder, but Morneau was pretty awesome. His progress there has been amazing.

    I’ve become convinced that as amazing as his season was offensively, defense is the one thing they really missed–PT for Morneau would have come at the exepense of PT for Thome, which, given how Thome performed in the second half, would be almost a wash. But Morneau’s absence forced them to play Cuddyer, probably the worst defensive first baseman in baseball, rather than the guy who may have turned himself into the *best* defensive first baseman in baseball.

    Comment by Bill@TPA — October 1, 2010 @ 7:35 pm

  4. Not only did the loss of Morneau get Thome some at-bats it also made room for Valencia to come up. Kid has put up 2.9 WAR in half a season.

    Comment by Steve C — October 1, 2010 @ 10:52 pm

  5. I truly don’t see how Morneau has allowed Valencia (who is only average to slightly above average with a regressed BABIP) to come up by not playing. Cuddyer would have split time with Kubel in right, not taken time from Valencia.

    Comment by TFINY — October 2, 2010 @ 12:26 am

  6. Exactly.

    It is not like Cuddyer and/or Kubel are having monster seasons – those two would have been the individuals who received less playing time had Morneau stayed healthy and the Twins stuck with Valencia at 3b.

    Comment by Erik — October 2, 2010 @ 9:38 am

  7. Sorry to the pros here, especially to Mr. Jack Moore, for posting something irrelevant to the article.

    I’m working on an article about Jimenez’s visible differences basically before and after the allstar game.

    But during the process, I have difficult comprehending two statistics Avg H-
    Break and Avg V-Break. I know roughly it’s about the movement of the ball.

    So please help me here, or some suggestion about other places to fix the problems.

    I apologize again for the bothering here.

    Comment by ShaoGir — October 2, 2010 @ 12:09 pm

  8. Because with Morneau healthy, Gardenhire had been playing Cuddyer at 3B (shudder) because he wanted to keep Cuddyer and Kubel both in the lineup as a result of their huge 2009 seasons (.370 wOBA and .383, respectively).

    Valencia will almost certainly regress toward average, but he can at least be a reasonable source of power with good fielding at third base, which is something the Twins have desperately needed for awhile now.

    If Gardenhire had just played Valencia in interleague more rather than sticking Cuddy at 3B and Kubel in right, we’d have had a better offensive and defensive club and a much better interleague record. Valencia might also have a more realistic shot at Rookie of the Year contention.

    Comment by MorneauVP — October 2, 2010 @ 2:50 pm

  9. Good post. I really enjoyed Morneau’s first half and glad others are remembering it too. Hope he can put a full season together next year.

    Comment by Ian — October 3, 2010 @ 4:07 pm

  10. @ShaoGir

    H-Break is horizontal break, and V-Break is vertical break.

    Comment by Ben Hall — October 3, 2010 @ 7:34 pm

  11. Baseball doesn’t feature a lot of subconcussive impacts. Pretty much if someone in baseball takes a significant blow to the head they’ll end up concussed.

    Perhaps in hockey and football those playes who are vulnerable to lingering post-concussion symptoms have been selected out of the player population before the pro leagues. The same is likely not true in baseball.

    I do find it interesting that Canadian players are disproportionately the guys in baseball with concussion problems. Perhaps they’re made more vulnerable by playing hockey as kids.

    Comment by Llewdor — October 4, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

  12. Morneau has had either four or five previous concussions all from playing hockey.

    Comment by Fraggle Rock — October 4, 2010 @ 5:53 pm

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