Trade considerations…

Would you trade for a player worth 5.3 WAR over three seasons if it meant you got rid of a career .167/.239/.262 hitter who to that point had 5 hits in 31 at-bats with your team? With 12 strikeouts? Even if they hit a home run and drove in two? I don’t know about you, but I’d make that trade every day. Mind you hind sight is everything, but I’d willingly take this trade every time – sometimes a change of place is all that’s needed.

In trading former 1969 1st round draft pick(7th) Paul Powell at the end of the 1971 season to the Dodgers for Bobby Darwin, the Twins traded nearly equal players. However, Darwin turned his career around after the trade while Powell remained stagnant. Darwin had made a few poor appearances in the major leagues, but had turned it around in the 1970/1971 minor league seasons.

Prior to the trade, both players were about even in the minor league ranks as you can see with a slight edge to the older Bobby Darwin(28 to 23). Darwin’s 17 games with the Dodgers in 1969/1971, and Powell’s 20 games with the Twins in 1971 not withstanding. However after the trade? As you’ll see, Darwin stuck around the major leagues, while Powell hung up his cleats in 1975 appearing in only 10 games for the Dodgers. Darwin was traded in the middle of 1975(the Twins receiving John Briggs), and retired with the Cubs in 1977. I’m not a OOTP or Baseball Mogul player, but I’d make this trade every day. :).

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Star Trekkin’

After yesterday’s celebratory Star Wars post, how about we look at the other half of nerdom and check the Twins record when Star Trek movies/TV series released/aired? Since it started as a TV show first, we’ll begin there.

TV

  • Star Trek: The Original Series aired September 8th, 1966 on NBC. The Twins didn’t play this day, but did win the next day 6-1 against the Baltimore Orioles.
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series first aired September 8th, 1973 on NBC. The Twins defeated the Chicago White Sox 6-2.
    Top performers: Larry Hisle(3-4, 2B, 3 RBI), Bobby Darwin(2-4, 2B, 2 RBI).
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation aired September 28th, 1987(the day after my birth…). My first full day on Earth, the Twins won 5-3. clinching the AL West. You can watch the final play here.
    Top performers: Steve Lombardozzi(2-4, HR, 4 RBI), Greg Gagne(2-5), Kent Hrbek(2-3, 2B, 2 walks), Ron Washington(1-3, 2B).
  • Star Trek: Enterprise debuted September 26th, 2001. On the fourth day back after the September 11th tragedy, the Twins lost to the Chicago White Sox 6-3. Starter Rick Reed fell apart in the 5th and 6th innings after previously holding the White Sox scoreless.
    Top performers: David Ortiz(2-4) A.J. Pierzynski(2-4, 2 RBI). Everyone in the starting lineup, *and* pinch hitter Bobby Kielty had at least one hit except Brian Buchanan(0-4, 1K).

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine(January 3rd, 1993), Star Trek Voyager(January 16th, 1995) premiered during the off-season.

Movies

  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan premiered June 4th, 1982. The Twins beat the Orioles 6-0 improving to a 13-41 record….
    Top performers: Ron Washington(3-4, HR, 1 RBI), Jesus Vega(1-3, 2B, 2 RBI), Gary Ward(1-4, HR, 2 RBI), Terry Felton(3.1 IP, 1 H, 3 Walks, 6K) – struck out Cal Ripken to enter the game with the bases loaded, with the O’s down 0-4 at the time after starter Brad Havens allowed single to Ex-Twin Disco Dan Ford, Benny Ayala singled, and walked Ken Singleton.
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock came to theaters June 1st, 1984. The Twins faced the Royals, and lost 7-1 falling to 24-26. We’d get the better of Royals starter Charlie Leibrandt in 1991. :D.
    Top performers: Kirby Puckett(2-4), Tim Teufel(1-4, 1 RBI), Tom Brunansky(1-2, 2BB), Ron Washington(1-3, 2B).
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier opened in theaters June 9th, 1989. The Twins faced the Angels(California at the time…), and lost 9-3. Starting pitcher Allan Anderson, relievers Mike Dyer, Gary Wayne, and closer Jeff Reardon all got slammed, with Wayne allowing the least ER(1), everyone else allowed 2 or more earned runs…
    Top performers: Brian Harper(3-4, 2B), Kent Hrbek(1-4, HR, 1 RBI), Gary Gaetti(1-4, HR, 1 RBI).

Star Trek: The Motion Picture(December 7th, 1979), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home(November 26th, 1986), and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country(December 6th, 1991) all premiered in the off-season.

Much worse record than during Star Wars release nights. Interestingly, the Twins two losses follow the “…only watch even numbered Star Trek film” mythos – winning ST: II, losing ST: III, ST: V. The Twins fared much better for TV releases, winning two of three – including clinching the 1987 AL West. However, the Twins record in Star Wars release nights(5-1) vs. Star Trek(2-3) is just another reason why I’m a bigger fan of Star Wars. :D.

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