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Richard Mensing

St. Paul, MN
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Posted on 09/26/13 at 06:32 pm in response to Twins are right to shut down Mauer, wrong to keep him at catcher

Actually I agree with the gist of a previous poster’s radical solution to the Twins pitching woes. (A staff composed of two inning relievers) But I might apply it in a more moderate way.

I think everyone agrees that the Twins first priority is to find pitchers who can be quality starters. And they need to do so in a way that doesn’t subject fans to several more 90 loss seasons. I think the Twins are wasting time shuttling pitchers back and forth to Rochester in a quest to plug...

Posted on 09/19/13 at 10:31 am in response to Who will the Twins purge from the 40-man roster this offseason?

I live in fear that one of these guys will flourish with another organization once they are free of the "Twins way." (See Liriano) I agree about Duensing and could see Scott Diamond as a lefty in the bullpen or as a spot starter. I'm not sure I would purge Pelfrey, Albers and Mastrioanni however. Pelfrey has had success and next year would be his 2nd year after Tommy John. I might be inclined to sign him at a lowball price. Albers provided one of the few bright spots this year and...

Posted on 05/28/13 at 04:48 pm in response to Twins' roster moves are a bit puzzling

Agreed that the Twins should have held on to Benson until the end of the year. He's a likely bust, but Benson still has more going for him than say Clete Thomas, who's presumably the next centerfielder in line to be called up.

I have hope for PJ Walters. He works fast and throws strikes.
He if he doesn't stick in the starting rotation, I can envision him as a long reliever.

At least no one in the audience yelled "keep your government hands off my medicare!"..........or did they?

Posted on 11/07/12 at 12:44 pm in response to PPP Polling, Minnesota editorial pages nail state election

The Strib needs to drop Mason Dixon as its pollster. The polls published the last weekend of October were outlying to the point of being disingenuous. The 3 point advantage they gave to Obama was way off, but I suppose one could argue it was remotely within the margin of error. But the previous days poll showed the voter restriction amendment gaining support when in fact support for it was plummeting.

What I found interesting then was this bit of explanation about the sample:...

Posted on 07/13/12 at 03:36 pm in response to Which hitter should the Twins sell — and for how much?

It's not that I'm down on him, it's just that I think he's the player the Twins can most afford to trade, the one they would get the most back for in return.

Span doesn't make enough of a difference to warrant a no trade label. He's an adequate center-fielder, but he would be better suited in right field with Revere in center. (But Span doesn't want to play right-field.) He's an OK lead-off hitter but not much of a threat on the bases. I don't have the stats in front of me, but he...

Posted on 04/06/12 at 09:54 am in response to The purpose behind those long, ‘pointless’ legislative debates

“We’re Republicans and we don’t want what we consider marginal people voting because they usually vote against us because we don’t have anything to offer them except tax cuts for the rich and there’s getting to be more of them plus we’re basically old, white men so the demographic trends are against us and we have to do something to stay in power so we put this amendment on ballot because the American Legislative Exchange Council (where get all our ideas from and tells us what to do) told...

Posted on 11/13/11 at 03:09 pm in response to Herman Cain leads GOP race in new poll, pulls in $9 million in October

Watching Cain deny these sexual harassment charges is a little like watching Austin Powers deny ownership of the Swedish penis enlarger.

I'm not sure where Tim Pawlenty was this past weekend as he often ventures out-of state in his long-dreamt quest for the Repubulican holy grail. I trust he did note that almost twenty inches of snow, the fifth largest in history, fell on the state. (If at a sun-drenched GOP confab elsewhere, he may have seen the video of snow ripping a hole in the Metrodome, bringing Minnesota the same kind or attention it received when the 35 W bridge collapsed.) So there's a good chance the governor...

Posted on 07/07/10 at 09:47 am in response to Nurses' contract aftermath: a look at the next steps

Emmer was branded a "populist" in a Strib profile a few days ago. I guess I always thought populism had something to do with being on the side of common people. But how much more unpopulist can you get than dropping the base hourly wages of waiters and waitresses? Yet another political word that's being debased.