Let's try something new

Published: Mar 22, 2006 12:50 PM

With a couple weeks to go until the season begins the right field position is still a little up in the air. Surely, a number of players will see some playing time out there all season, but Lew Ford or Michael Cuddyer will probably see most of the playing time there, at least early on in the season. It's uncertain if Jason Kubel will be on the opening day roster let alone, starting.

Why will Cuddyer or Ford fill the right field gap? It's not because they're more talented than Kubel. Kubel is clearly the best of the three and is expected to be a big part of the Twins future. The main reason Kubel isn't likely to figure into the Twins right field plans is that Gardenhire, and the Twins organization in general has always favored letting young guys mature in the minors while the less talented, but more experienced players fill the void on the major league squad.

It's time to try something new. We had Ford and Cuddyer last season, and we had the worst offense in American League. Let's give Kubel a shot, and stick with him even if he struggles early on. Bartlett might be a better player today had Gardenhire not panicked after his slow start in 2005.

Experience tells us that Ford and Cuddyer won't bring much to the table this season, so what's the harm in giving Kubel a chance?

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