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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 Tigers clinched the AL Central last night at Target Field with a 1-0 win. There is no doubt that Max Scherzer of the Tigers is going to win the Cy Young Award this year with his now 21-3 record. It was Max Scherzer who held the Twins scoreless for 7 innings last night. It was Kevin Correia who kept the game close for the Twins while Scherzer did his thing.
When Kevin Correia was signed as a free agent during the off season. There were many Twins fans upset about it. The Twins gave Kevin a two year contract for 10 million total so he will be part of the Twins plans for next year as well. Kevin wasn't considered to be a high upside free agent pitcher. He has very low strikeout totals and he had the very definition of average numbers in 2012 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. So average were his numbers that the Pirates actually took him out of the rotation for a brief period after they acquired Wandy Rodriquez in a trade in July.
Twins fans were upset because there were Free Agent pitchers out there that were thought to be better. They were upset because Terry Ryan said that he would be aggressive in Free Agency to improve the rotation and that was percieved to mean that we would bring some guy or guys who could blow some hitters away. They were upset because Kevin Correia was average. They were upset because he got a two year contract instead of a one year prove it deal.
I was not one of those Twins Fans... Don't get me wrong... I wanted one of the top tier guys... I was confused by a two year deal... but at the same time... I had seen Kevin Correia pitch with Pittsburgh and I was impressed... He was competitive and capable. I looked through his game log from 2012 start by start and he kept the Pirates in the game the majority of times that he took the mound. I never expected Kevin to pitch like Clayton Kershaw... I just expected Kevin to come in and be better than what we had throwing for us in 2012 and with that perspective... Kevin Correia was a welcome addition in my mind.
I was right... 2012 worked out great... He was average and we needed average in the worst way.
Kevin Correia threw his last pitch in 2013 last night for the Twins. He ate up 185 innings for the year and he finished with an ERA of 4.18. That's a decent year and his numbers translate to the top starter for the Minnesota Twins this year. We can now safely say that Kevin Correia was not worth the handwringing over his signing. He is a long ways from the top problem to worry about on the Twins.
Correia will be in the rotation for 2014. Who will be pitching with him is the question. Kevin Correia as your top starter is a problem. Kevin Correia as one of your starters is just fine. The Twins need minor league prospects Kyle Gibson, Alex Meyer and Trevor May to grow up quickly. The Twins need Sam Deduno to get and stay healthy... They need Andrew Albers to stay impressive while Scott Diamond, Vance Worley get back to where they were before. AND... AND... AND... They need to take a chance and sign a couple of free agent arms and hope they come ready to get it done. They got some money to spend and they got to ignore the sticker shock and take a chance.
Whoever is in the rotation for 2014 is yet to be determined... We do know that Correia will be in it and that is all we know right now.