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The Twins traded their steady catcher A.J. Piersynski, to San Francisco. This was inevitable, given that phenom catcher Joe Mauer is chomping at the bit. But I will miss A.J.'s intensity, his ability to foul the ball off with two strikes, and his feeble looping base hits to left field. I really do look forward, though, to seeing Mauer develop. He has a sweet swing, he's great defensively, and--no small matter--he is a gentleman with the umpires. A.J. was not, and it worked against the Twins. Mauer, a native Minnesotan, is more smooth. In fact, when the kid was catching for the big club in spring training, one of the old crusty umpires walked over to the dugout between innings and told Gardenhire that he had never seen a catcher that smooth behind the plate. The home plate umpire would know. The kid got a million dollar signing bonus and wasn't spoiled by it. This should be fun.

IN OTHER NEWS, Former Twins left-fielder Dan Gladden will be doing some play-by-play next year, instead of just providing commentary after Carneal or Gordon describe the action. I think he'll do very well. He's always trying to steal the mike from Gordon anyway. Gladden was a favorite player of mine, a true spark plug.