I think there's nothing better. Everybody needs to remember, especially players, that it's a little kids' game and you should play it like you're having the time of your life. That's how it looks when Arcia plays, like he's having the time of his life. There are some unwritten rules in baseball about showing the other team up and all that. I think for the most part, he's stayed within the boundaries. Baseball's changing in that way where the players are doing more and more of that celebrating and the players don't seem to care that much. I heard Orioles manager Buck Showalter say, "Well, if the players don't care, why should I care about it?" I think that's probably the best line about it I've heard. I still think there's a decorum of playing major league baseball and there's a line between having lots of fun and showing up the other guys. I don't think showing up the other team is ever fun, and I think Arcia walks that line pretty well.
Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY SportsBruce Kluckhohn
The baseball draft has changed a lot since I was drafted.
Amateur baseball has changed a lot, not only the draft but right down through the college and high school ranks. Colleges are now playing these super regionals and they're playing a lot of games in order to get to the finals. We had eight districts when I played. You won your conference and you won your district and you went to Omaha for the national title. There were eight teams. Now they've expanded that. And the draft has expanded, too, in the kind of coverage scouts can get on players all over the country. It's really gotten to be a science. The whole thing has just gotten bigger.
Bill Kostroun/Associated PressBill Kostroun
Kevin Correia hasn't been able to replicate the success he had a year ago.
It looks to me like he's just gotten a few more pitches in the middle of the strike zone this year than he did last year. When he really needed to make a big pitch last year, he seemed to be able to make it on the corner a little bit better. I think he's even said it's just a couple of bad pitches here and there. That's really what it's seemed to be like. He'll make one or two or three bad pitches in a game and the other team doesn't miss it. Last year he maybe got some foul balls in those situations and then came back and got the out. This year when he makes a mistake and leaves it over the plate, they've whacked it and it's cost him. It seems to me like he's pitched really, really well and then two pitches just kill him.
Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY SportsNoah K. Murray
Danny Santana has done an admirable job learning center field on the fly.
It's pretty amazing that the kid comes out of Double-A and is still learning how to play shortstop. Then he's playing shortstop down in Triple-A and is called up because they need players and they stick him in center field. The fact that it's a totally new position for him and he's playing in the major leagues at a young age, it's really astonishing to me that he's handled it as well as he has. He goes up to the plate and it just doesn't seem to faze him. The one thing I will say about this baptism by fire is if he stays in the big leagues or if he goes back to the minors as a shortstop, nothing should faze him up here. I can't imagine a more uncomfortable situation for a young guy to be in and he's handled it beautifully.
Jim Mone/Associated PressJim Mone
A healthy Josh Willingham can still be an asset for the Twins.
You've got to throw last year's injury-plagued season out the window for Willingham. Injuries as serious as his were last year ruin a season. It takes you out of your game and you start getting in bad habits mechanically and it's very, very difficult to get back. We saw it with Justin Morneau. We've seen it with Joe Mauer. It's a real tribute to Josh. The amazing thing to me is he was swinging the bat horribly in spring training, found his swing at the end of spring, started the year strong and hurt his wrist. He had a real hard time getting better. Finally, when he could swing the bat, it's like he was never gone. For a power hitter to regain that power stroke immediately is really pretty amazing.