Andrew Kneeland, who writes a Twins blog called Twins Target, came up with an idea a couple of weeks ago. He decided that February 12th would be Nick Punto Day, and Twins bloggers that want to contribute their thoughts on the controversial Twins infielder. Twins fans seem to either love Nick Punto, or they despise his every move, so it should be a fun exercise. Here are some of the submissions for your consideration. After reading the blogs, be sure to leave your comments below.
· Let’s start with Andrew Kneeland’s Twins Target Punto post entitled, Nick Punto: Undervalued and Underappreciated.
· Andrew Bryz-Gornia
of Off the Mark
needed two postings to present all of his Nick Punto
· Marty Andrade
starts his Nick Punto Day blog
by writing, “I have an instantaneous visceral dsypeptic reaction to the mere mention of Nick Punto.” That means it must be worth reading!
· Topper Anton
of Curve for a Strike
celebrated Nick Punto Day by writing a Long-From Epic poem.
· The Twins Geek
went to the Way-Back Machine and found an article he wrote on Punto in March of 2004, during Punto’s first spring training with the Twins.
TT from Granny Baseball
discusses the contributions of Nick Punto
since he came to the organization in 2004.
· Please note that several more Twins bloggers will be writing about Nick Punto throughout Friday, February 12th, so be sure to check out as many of them as you are able, and if you find one that has not been mentioned here, include it in the Comments below.
There are many aspects to the game of baseball that make it so great. Second guessing is second nature in baseball. Nick Punto is one player that has created a ton of discussion in the past six seasons. He is a utility infielder and very good in that role. With the Twins, he has had to be an everyday player. There are often his struggles at the plate while manager Ron Gardenhire continues to play him. There used to be a lot of Web Gems with his glove, but in 2009, his arm strength seemed to be lacking. He has little power, which you would expect, but he has a great ability to take a lot of pitches, foul many off, and get on base. He is a team player, although he often struggles doing the ‘little things’ that he is often credited for doing. His insistence upon diving into first base infuriates many Twins fans. However, others appreciate his energy, hustle and effort. Going into the 2010 season, what will his role be? Will he be starting most of the time at third base, or will he return to a utility role? Will that include time in centerfield?
Yes, Andrew Kneeland had a great idea. Nick Punto has been an interesting topic for Twins fans for a half-dozen years. So, what are your thoughts on the Twins infielder on Nick Punto Day?