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Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Golden Cornucopia of Twins Hunger Games

photo Via Geek Girl.

Earlier this month, there seemed to still be some players gathered at the Cornucopia, which resulted in a blood bath of players fighting over the spots on the major league roster.  Teammates went after each other and left the tracker jacker stings (hybrid wasps) to finish off Joe Benson.  Some of the first players to go were: Dumatrait, Lehmann, Chang, Carson, Deduno and Doyle…the hovercraft seemed to escort Doyle out of the arena before he could take his final breath.

The roster of 45 players was slashed down to 34 remaining.  Wise, Benson, Manship and Rivera were a little harder of competition to take down for the rest.  They fought up until the death.  Rivera thought he would be cleaver with the tracker jacker nest.  Sure he didn't get stung, but as soon as his feet hit the ground, Jeff Manship took a baseball to him, leaving him in the dirt.  

Before Spring Training is over, this means there are still nine more players that will get the ax leaving it to 25 players to duke it out for the title of Victor in the Twins Hunger Games.

The cannons sounded and the faces illuminated the sky.

Phil Dumatrait
Danny Lehmann
Ray Chang
Matt Carson 
Sam Deduno
Terry Doyle
Brendan Wise
Joe Benson
Jeff Manship
Rene Rivera
Pedro Florimon

34 remain.  Happy Hunger Games and may the odds be ever in your favor.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Evil Joe Mauer, Hold Me Closer, Tiny Dancer (Twins Hunger Games)

It was a wild night last night for the Twins Hunger Games.  As the regular players fight off the rookies and the other guys fighting for their spots, we are eliminating more and more players to find a victor. There were a few surprises in the killings last night, but a few people I expected to see go early on.

Evil Joe Mauer was out in full force and eliminated his potential competition in Chris Herrmann.  Joe filled the soaking tub with milk and dunked Herrmann like an Oreo cookie.  Jamey Carroll decided to finish what Nick Swisher had started by taking out Tsuyoshi Nishioka.  He attacked his other leg and then went in for the kill.   Trevor Plouffe whipped his locks around Rene Tosoni's neck and broke him leaving little competition to win his starting spot.  His recent hamstring injury surely 
didn't stop him from taking out the competition.

As the night ended, twelve cannons blasted with the pictures of the 12 players that had been eliminated from the Twins Hunger Games.  Now, 45 players remaining, which one will be victorious in the Twins Hunger Games?  Who will you support during the Twins Hunger Games?  They need your support!  Food, supplies and general support.  Leave your comments with who you think will be victorious!
Tsuyoshi Nishioka

Daryln Thompson
Rene Tosoni
Carlos Gutierrez
Chris Herrmann
Wilkin Ramirez
Luis Perdomo 
Dan Rohlfing

Aaron Bates
P.J. Walters
Esmerling Vasquez
Jason Bulger
Happy Hunger Games. May the odds be ever in your favor.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Who Will You Support? (Twins Hunger Games)

Have you picked who you will be cheering on in the Twins Hunger Games yet?  (Leave your comments below with your picks! Winner may get an autographed item at the end of the competition!)  I've decided to have Glen Perkins as who I think will be victorious.  I think he has the durability and he showed us last year what he's really capable of.

So, I've had some people ask for more clarification of the rules, so I figured I'd lay them out as best as I could as the first round of cuts/9 people were eliminated.
First the rules: 

1.       You must make the roster out of Spring Training, anyone who doesn’t, is eliminated. Any call ups or added roster players, will not be in the competition.

2.       As a position player, an 0-4 (4 plate appearances) day at the plate will get you eliminated. You are safe if you have 5 plate appearances however, or if you have 0-3 (in 4 PA’s) with a sac-fly/bunt.

3.       As a pitcher, losing the game will lose your right to continue (this includes relief pitchers).  If however, you pitch a complete game, or you have no earned runs in the loss, you are still in the competition. Relief pitchers only have no earned runs as their saving grace.

4.       If any player is DL bound (regardless of the severity), they will be eliminated. Day-to-day is still in the competition.

5.       During inter-league games, pitchers at-bats will not count toward the competition.

Now, onto the sad part of the day.  One never likes seeing people eliminated, but we all knew it was bound to happen.  These 9 fought admirably, but have succumb to death in the Hunger Games.  One of the people I had higher hopes for also was eliminated today (one of my current favorite players), so I was a bit sad.  
Nine cannons sounded as their faces graced the sky for the rest of the remaining competitors watched.

Deolis Guerra
Lester Oliveros
Scott Diamond
Darin Mastroianni
Oswaldo Arcia
Aaron Thompson
Steve Pearce
Danny Rams
Tyler Robertson
More people will be eliminated as Spring Training progresses into the coming of the regular season!  Only 21 days until the season starts!
Make sure to pick your Twins player you will support thru the Twins Hunger Games this season!
May the odds be ever in your favor.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Where Do You Rank (Hunger Games)

 As the Twins Hunger Games are preparing to start, the players have gotten their rankings as to who I think may do the best in the games (based on previous performance).  A rating of 1 is the worst, with 10 being the best.  The players with the 10 rankings are the players the ones with the lower scores should be focused on taking out in order to win the games.

I have separated the players into two columns. MLB experienced players (with the Twins or MLB guys we traded for) and the minor league players (who, let's be honest, most won't make the major league team this season.)

Player (with MLB experience) Rating Date Eliminated   Player (no recent MLB experience) Rating Date Eliminated
Ben Revere 7     Aaron Thompson 2  
Rene Rivera 3     Jason Bulger 3  
Brian Dinkelman 4     Jared Burton 2  
Scott Baker 7     Sam Deduno 2  
Nick Blackburn 7     Casey Fien 2  
Alex Burnett 3     Luis Perdomo 2  
Matt Capps 4     Daryl Thompson 2  
Scott Diamond 6     P.J. Walters 2  
Brian Duensing 9     Brendan Wise 2  
Liam Hendriks 3     Chris Herrmann 3  
Francisco Liriano 8     Danny Lehmann 2  
Jeff Manship 3     Dan Rohlfing 2  
Jason Marquis 4     J.R. Towles 5  
Lester Oliveros 5     Aaron Bates 2  
Carl Pavano 10     Sean Burroughs 4  
Glen Perkins 10     Ray Chang 2  
Anthony Swarzak 7     Brian Dozier 3  
Kyle Waldrop 6     Pedro Florimon 2  
Drew Butera 4     Michael Hollimon 2  
Ryan Doumit 6     Steve Pearce 2  
Joe Mauer 7     Matt Carson 2  
Jamey Carroll 6     Wilkin Ramirez 2  
Alexi Casilla 5     Danny Rams 3  
Luke Hughes 5     Esmerling Vasquez 2  
Justin Morneau 7     Terry Doyle 4  
Tsuyoshi Nishioka 3     Jeff Gray 2  
Chris Parmelee 5     Deolis Guerra 3  
Trevor Plouffe 6     Carlos Gutierrez 4  
Danny Valencia 9     Matt Maloney 2  
Denard Span 8     Tyler Robertson 2  
Rene Tosoni 7     Oswaldo Arcia 2  
Joe Benson 7     Darin Mastroianni 2  
Phil Dumatrait 5  

Joel Zumaya   2/26/2012

More discussion when the first round of cuts come.  Until then, comment with your pick for who will steal the show in the Twins Hunger Games.

May the odds be ever in your favor.