Did Torii Hunter knock one out of the park? Or did he abandon Minnesota for greener pastures? Thursday's surprising announcement that the Twins star signed a five-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels lit up fan blogs, where anger seemed to be the prevailing theme. Some said good riddance to the center fielder, arguing that the Angels spent too much for too little. Others wondered if ace pitcher Johan Santana would be next.
Here are some samplings from www.startribune.com Twins blogs:
Hunter is gone. Time to trade Santana and any other possible free agent who does not want to be here. Carl [Pohlad] had better find a way to put a contender on the field or be ashamed of himself for demanding a first-class facility to house a second-class team. I have been a Twins fan since 1961, but I am getting tired of watching our owners do nothing except ask for more.
Well, we might as well get rid of the rest of the team nucleus. Don't spend any money and go back to the late '90s, where we are a glorified Triple-A ball team.
The Twins need to catch up to the curve or we'll be bound for .500 teams and a no-name squad opening the new stadium. This "game" has become all about the money, and it is getting out of hand. The Twins need to pony up and make a huge attempt at keeping Johan here ... otherwise fans (me included) will begin to stray and find other things to spend their hard-earned money on.
So long, Torii, let's hope those injuries pick up again; this is the smartest move Twins have made in two years letting this guy go. He's not even close to worth this amount.
How bad does baseball need some form of a salary cap? Good luck, Torii, just like I said to the likes of [Corey] Koskie, [LaTroy] Hawkins, [Eddie] Guardado, [Cristian] Guzman and [Jacque] Jones. The grass isn't always greener on the other side.
Man, the bitterness coming from some on this board on Thanksgiving Day is incredible! ... To those of you angry about Torii's "greed" -- let's get real here. Torii just got offered twice as much money by a team that's more competitive right now. Taking that deal's not greedy, it's smart.
No player is worth that kind of money. These guys get paid millions to play a game. Go figure! Greed is what today's players are all about. The days of loyalty from players like Kirby [Puckett] and Kent [Hrbek] are over.
It is disappointing, because he just said the other day that he would not make any decisions until after Thanksgiving. Obviously he didn't learn everything from the late and loyal Kirby Puckett.
Good for Torii! ... Torii Hunter is a big-time player and deserves the big bucks. Plus, he is a nice guy -- we were lucky to have him as long as we did.
Twins fans need to chill out. Baseball (and all pro sports) is a business, for both the team owners and the players. It is unfortunate that some people bad-mouth Torii -- he was a leader in the clubhouse who came to play every day.
This is a sad day for Minnesota, and a sad day for anyone that is a Twins fan. It just goes to show that management has no loyalty to its players and this is truly a business. You have guys on this team who have stated they have wanted to stay here, because the team chemistry is so great and the friendships they have made with other players is great too. The Twins will always be a small market team with a great farm system.
It's not looking good that the Twins finally got their new stadium, so the Pohlads will get more money, and they don't re-sign Hunter, and it looks like they are trying to trade Santana. The new stadium was supposed to bring in more talent, not put more money in the Pohlad's pockets.
Once again, the Twins didn't even bother to step up to the plate. Of course, we all knew perfectly well that this would happen, but it's disappointing nonetheless. Twins execs and the entire cheap Pohlad family seem to expect Gold Glove All-Stars to stay with the team without offering them any sort of job security.
It makes me sad to be a Minnesota sports fan. Why do we as fans support organizations that continually try to get by on the cheap in a market that demands more? We continue to lose the faces of our teams. Mark my words, Santana will be next.
Compiled by Kevin Giles, Star Tribune staff writer