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Since 1997, Eric has owned and operated Bergeson Nursery, rural Fertile, MN, a business his grandfather started in 1937. With the active participation of his parents, who owned the business for the previous twenty five years, and his younger brother ...
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Since 1997, Eric has owned and operated Bergeson Nursery, rural Fertile, MN, a business his grandfather started in 1937. With the active participation of his parents, who owned the business for the previous twenty five years, and his younger brother Joe, who is now president of the company, the business has nearly tripled in size during Eric’s ownership tenure. The holder of a Master of Arts in History from the University of North Dakota, Eric has taught courses in history and political science at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. He is also an adjunct lecturer in history for Hamline University, St. Paul, MN. Eric’s hobbies include Minnesota Twins baseball, Bach organ music, bookstores, hiking, photography, singing old country music with his brother Joe, and watching the wildlife on the swamp in front of his house eight miles outside of Fertile, Minn.
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I haven't been watching the Twins progress in spring training too closely, as it usually has no bearing on their regular season. However, it is fun to see that Aaron Hicks stepped up to take the center field position. He has more native talent than either Ben Revere or Denard Span, who were traded for pitching last winter. Hicks looks like a winner. He has power. You really need to have a center fielder with power these days. He also has an arm. And he gets on base. 



In the end, it comes down to starting pitching, and there is no assurance that the Twins have improved in that department over last year. They stocked up on prospects, but those prospects are still a couple of years away. They must get through this season. The three three veterans they signed, Harden, Pelfrey and Corriea, haven't shown much hope. I think Terry Ryan's entire focus should be on building up the number of strong pitching arms in the organization. To that end, I would advocate trading Morneau and Willingham as soon as possible for pitching. Pitching, pitching, pitching. No such thing as too much. 



I also think managers who stick around too long get stagnant. Baseball teams can benefit from new managers with a new approach. I think George Steinbrenner was correct: Fire managers early and often. 



I would make an exception for Tom Kelly, Jim Leyland, Joe Torre, Sparky Anderson, Joe Maddon, Earl Weaver and maybe a few others. 



 



 

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