Span Will Get More Days Off In 2011

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Denard Span played a career-high 153 games in 2010 for the Minnesota Twins.

That was about nine too few for the centerfielder and probably 10 to 15 too many for Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.

Gardenhire says he thought Span wore down over the long season, but he just couldn’t afford to take his leadoff hitter out of the lineup. This year Jason Repko is in place from the start, and Gardenhire says he will spell Span more to keep him fresh down the stretch.

With Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Alexi Casilla this year, Gardenhire also thinks he has more options in the leadoff spot.

Span, of course, doesn’t think he needs any rest. He says he takes pride in being an everyday player. But his offensive production dipped across the board last year, including a batting average 47 points lower than in 2010.

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  1. musicman says:

    More days off seems to be Gardy’s answer to everything. Nobody on this roster is ever pushed to do anything which is why we always fold under pressure. It is no wonder that we have won only 2 of our last 21 playoff fames. Cal Ripken must cringe everytime he sees one of these comments that the players are overworked.

  2. Ben's mom says:

    If Span continues downward this year as much as last, 162 days off would be good. Play Ben Revere.

  3. MIKEY7573 says:

    I THINK THE TEAM KNOWS NOT PLAYING IN THE COMFORT OF THE DOME MAKES A HUGH DIFFERENCE ON THE BODY. THEY HAD TO LEARN AND ADJUST. THEY HAVE AND THEY WILL. PLAYING IN THE HEAT AND THE COLD AND WHEN ITS DAMP, PLAYING ON GRASS, PLAYING IN WIND 50% MORE OFTEN MAKES A DIFFERENCE. LOOK HOW IT EFFECTS THE VIKINGS
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  4. John says:

    “Spanny its Gardy we need to talkie Reppy will play more this year. That will help us all out. Don’t feel badly I will do this with Mourny, Joey, Danny, Lexi and Nishi too.”

  5. MNBrant says:

    I don’t know, I haven’t been energized by a bunch of players ever. I don’t know if I will be able to afford a ticket again this year but they really seem to be a bunch of nice guys over there

    1. thumbody says:

      I guess we know what happens to nice guys sometimes!

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