The Twins’ Outfield Dilemma

Posted: 18th September 2009 by Josh Johnson in MLB
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Ron Gardenhire recently talked about his logjam in the outfield and what he plans to do with it in 2010. Gardenhire admitted that it's been a challenge this season to give everyone enough playing time and said that he's tired of shifting leadoff hitter Denard Span around the outfield. Thus far, Span has logged 1,126 1/3 innings in the outfield this season (39 percent in left field, 43 percent in center, and the final 18 percent in right). All in all, Span has a UZR/150 of 0.6, down from his UZR/150 of 3.9 in 2008.

Offensively, Span is very valuable and there's a reason Gardenhire is feeling the need to give him a "set" position. He is 10th in the American League with a .389 OBP, which also ranks him third in the majors among leadoff hitters. Span also takes (on average) nearly ...

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