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I’ve got two boys that I’m raising and so far they have picked up none of my bad habits. Now that I’m a family man, I left the rock band thing that I did when I was younger. I spent age 17 to 35 or so moonlighting as lead vocalist with a little keyboard playing to help fill out the sound with different bands over those years, Ranging from high school garage bands to serious regional bands that toured a little and to local bands that got it’s ya-ya’s out in small clubs around the area. I was never close to the big time and never expected to get close; I just had a good time doing it. I realized I had to quit because my kids were young and demanding and it was too hard to function as a parent on Sunday morning when you got back from Warroad at . God, do I miss the band thing, but my life with my kids is beyond words and I have no regrets, just a little longing that would probably go away a couple of weeks later if I got back into it again.
My life is Family, Work and Youth Sports right now and it’s been blur.
The Twins Game wasn't televised yesterday. Oh Well... Scott Diamond got lit up again and we lost... again to finish off the Kansas City Royals sweep.
After the game... The Twins announced that they sent Scott Diamond and Aaron Hicks to AAA Rochester.
Scott Diamond's demotion... frankly... was a long time coming but a stunning fall from grace for the left hander. Last year Scott Diamond came out of nowhere to produce a 12-9 record with a 3.54 ERA. He was the only pitcher last year that produced anything close to a decent 2012 out of the starting staff and he was counted on for 2013 as GM Terry Ryan attempted to rebuild the rotation from the shambles it was in 2012.
Diamond in 2012 had gotten by on location. His fastball comes in around 90MPH. If a high school player was facing a 90MPH fastball it would like a bullet coming in. For a MLB player... The 90MPH Fastball looks like a shot put. You can get by with lesser stuff like Scott Diamond did in 2012 but you have no margin of error because you simply don't strike people out and you very rarely survive the mistake pitch without something at least close to swing and miss stuff.
In 2012, Scott Diamond was able to locate his fastball down in the zone where it is tougher for the hitter to get the fat part of the bat on the ball and he produced a lot of ground outs. He was also able to consistently get ahead of hitters by starting out with strike one. Once you get a head of a hitter you can start to play with the hitter a little and expand your strike zone and the bigger the strike zone the harder it is for a batter to get a pitch where he can do some damage and this is why getting ahead of a hitter is so important and Scott Diamond was able to do that real well in 2012.
2013... Scott Diamond simply hasn't been the same. He hasn't located as well and he hasn't gotten ahead of hitters as a result. This has forced Diamond to come into the hitters happy zone and the stuff he throws can't survive that. So 2013... has been harder hit balls and harder hit balls lead to more of them finding holes which leads to more baserunners which leads to more runs and has now led to Scott Diamond being demoted to AAA Rochester.
Aaron Hicks has been sent down along with Diamond... I'm 50-50 on this. I can see the need to do it because he's hitting below .200 and slumping to boot... I can also see the need to keep him up. Hicks struggling at the plate isn't a huge surprise. He is a rookie who jumped from AA to MLB and is now facing guys like Justin Verlander for the 1st time.. He skipped AAA because CF was handed to him after the Denard Span and Ben Revere trades. Those trades left Aaron Hicks and Darin Mastrioanni as the closest to MLB ready CF'ers in the entire system. After Mastrioanni got hurt... Hicks was gonna have to sink or swim everyday because they didn't have any OF'ers with the range and athleticism to play the position defensively. He was swimming from a defense standpoint but sinking at the plate and that shouldn't have been surprising to anyone when he was rushed along like he was.
I think I would have kept Aaron up with the big club to learn at Major League speed but the Twins front office has much more information than I do and down to Rochester he goes for the 2nd time this year.
Highly touted rookie Oswaldo Arcia is coming back up to replace Hicks and we need the power he has and I say welcome Back Oswaldo. So... we are trading rookies who need to learn on the job. I'm happy Arcia is coming back but I would have sent down one of the extra infielders (such as this 33 Year old rookie Doug Bernier) to open a spot for Arcia and keep Hicks along side him.
AAA Lefthander Andrew Albers is rumored to be the MLB replacement for Scott Diamond. We will find out soon enough. Albers is another old rookie at age 27 but he has been terrific in Rochester with a 2.86 ERA and he has struck out quite a few so he can miss bats at AAA. However, let's not confuse Albers with anything resembling a powerhouse strike him out guy. Albers is another soft tossing left hander with a funky delivery that disrupts the timing of finely tuned athletes. You will have to watch him throw to get your own understanding of what funky means. Once you watch him... you'll see that funky label fits. He has been throwing strikes and he could be effective on funk and strikes alone. Let's hope so anyway.