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been a full 24 hours now, since the team, mlb, or any of the team's beat writers have shared any news or updates on the Twins Covid-19 si...
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A rant - Schedule

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Effects of the shift

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Chucking baseballs onto the field in disgust

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5 Takeaways from Sunday's Alternate Site Action in St...

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The Boldest 5 Bold Twins Predictions for 2021, in Bold

You may have seen bold predictions, even some bolder ones, but here are the boldest Twins predictions for 2021.
Make sure to bookmark this article for future reference. Before we start, allow me to apologize, the site could not support the level of bold I wanted this headline to be in. The best I could do was to illustrate just how bold these are in the text of the article image.

Nelson Cruz will not return to the Twins
Instead, the Twins decide to go with a youth movement and sign José Bautista, who is about 100 days younger than Cruz. MLB finally announces there will be the universal DH on April 5, Cruz signs with an NL team and goes on to hit 40 home runs. Bautista, meanwhile, hits exactly one home run prior to being released by the Twins, but along with it comes the most epic bat flip in franchise history.

Fernando Romero becomes a superstar in Japan
Romero becomes the ace of the Yokohama DeNA BayStars and wins the Sawamura Award, the NPB equivalent to the Cy Young Award. He fails to clear customs returning to the Dominican Republic after the season ends when it’s discovered he attempted to smuggle a rare Ussuri brown bear from Japan into his home country.

Alex Kirilloff will not make his official MLB debut in 2021
Kirilloff was good enough to start a playoff elimination game, but the Twins front office decides more “seasoning” is needed for him in 2021. Kirilloff is once again added to the active roster at the onset of the postseason and is immediately inserted into the No. 3 spot in the lineup.

Josh Donaldson sets Statcast record
The Bringer of Rain fails to make amends with umpires. As a result, he has the highest percentage of pitches out of the zone called strikes in the Statcast era by a landslide. I have a confession to make. These are not predictions, this is the actual future. I’m not at liberty to say where I’ve obtained this information, but here is Donaldson’s pitch breakdown chart for 2021:

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The Twins will win a playoff game (technically)
MLB expands the postseason to 32 teams. The field will be comprised of all 30 MLB teams and the top two Triple-A clubs. The Twins beat the St. Paul Saints via forfeit in the Wacky Wild Wowza Card Round, then lose to the Detroit Tigers in the Crazy Eights Card Round, which is determined by a single eight-inning contest. Kirilloff hits three home runs in the loss.

Happy New Year!

SEE ALSO
A Twins-Based Manifesto for Self-Improvement in 2021 | RandBalls Stu
21 New Year's Resolutions for the 2021 Twins | renabanena
Twins Offseason Status Update: Slow Going | Nick Nelson

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I get the feeling thatyou wrote this after a really good New Years eve party.Keep celebrating.

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While I don't disagree that Kirilloff may start the season in St. Paul, I would be surprised if his time there was any more than 3-4 weeks. 

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SkyBlueWaters
Jan 02 2021 03:19 PM

Nowhere near bold enough. How about this:

 

Tony LaRussa coaches Chisox hitters to hit the other way, shredding defenses employing the shift. Chisox starters are given the green light to go longer than 5 innings. This and a slew of other "old school" approaches see the White Sox go 35-5 out of the gate. 

 

Stunned sabermetricians are left reeling. Michael Lewis announces he will follow up on his book Moneyball with a book on the enduring wisdoms of Casey Stengel, Leo Durocher, and Tom Kelly, while advocating the brilliance of slide rules in making in-game calculations.

 

Slide rule sales explode, and they become the hip new app on campuses across the country. 

 

The Twins FO opts for boldness in response, and hires Bruce Bochy out of retirement, giving him free rein to run the team. Bochy leads the Twins to 105 wins, tying the White Sox for the best record in MLB.

 

Sportswriters across the nation proclaim the Twins/Chisox rivalry the greatest the game has seen. Network ratings for their games exceed anything elitists in the northeast have seen for franchises playing in the Bronx and Boston.

 

The networks bid high to nationally televise games in the AL Central, and fans across the country return to baseball, glad to no longer have NYY/Bosox games telecast constantly.

 

And then, for real boldness, in the playoffs, the Twins ...

 

Oh, perhaps best not to get carried away.

 

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Nowhere near bold enough. How about this:

 

Tony LaRussa coaches Chisox hitters to hit the other way, shredding defenses employing the shift. Chisox starters are given the green light to go longer than 5 innings. This and a slew of other "old school" approaches see the White Sox go 35-5 out of the gate. 

 

Stunned sabermetricians are left reeling. Michael Lewis announces he will follow up on his book Moneyball with a book on the enduring wisdoms of Casey Stengel, Leo Durocher, and Tom Kelly, while advocating the brilliance of slide rules in making in-game calculations.

 

Slide rule sales explode, and they become the hip new app on campuses across the country. 

 

The Twins FO opts for boldness in response, and hires Bruce Bochy out of retirement, giving him free rein to run the team. Bochy leads the Twins to 105 wins, tying the White Sox for the best record in MLB.

 

Sportswriters across the nation proclaim the Twins/Chisox rivalry the greatest the game has seen. Network ratings for their games exceed anything elitists in the northeast have seen for franchises playing in the Bronx and Boston.

 

The networks bid high to nationally televise games in the AL Central, and fans across the country return to baseball, glad to no longer have NYY/Bosox games telecast constantly.

 

And then, for real boldness, in the playoffs, the Twins ...

 

Oh, perhaps best not to get carried away.

Glad I kept my slide rule!My computer savvy grandchildren are already fascinated by its magic.

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Major League Ready
Jan 02 2021 05:36 PM

 

While I don't disagree that Kirilloff may start the season in St. Paul, I would be surprised if his time there was any more than 3-4 weeks. 

 

Could it be that whoever shows they are ready first between Kirilloff and Larnach gets the 1st shot? I sure would like to see both of them kill it to start 2021.

Could it be that whoever shows they are ready first between Kirilloff and Larnach gets the 1st shot? I sure would like to see both of them kill it to start 2021.

One of these gentlemen is on the 40-man roster at present, and one is not. If bets were to be placed right now, for which one sees regular-season action first, I don't know what odds to offer but it would have to be considerably different than even money.
 

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Could it be that whoever shows they are ready first between Kirilloff and Larnach gets the 1st shot? I sure would like to see both of them kill it to start 2021.

 

No, I think Kirilloff's ahead. Also, Larnach doesn't need to be added to the 40-man roster until after next season. Not that that will be an issue if and when he's ready, just that being on the 40-man gives Kirilloff the advantage at the beginning of the season. I do think Larnach and Kirilloff are close to the same player and both are nearly ready. 

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railmarshalljon
Jan 02 2021 11:54 PM

Thanks, I hate it.

Funny but not fun.
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Still have my Circular U of M MIT slide rule. It's a good thing plastic doesn't rust.

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Tom Froemming
Jan 03 2021 11:56 AM

 

Funny but not fun.

This should be the official tagline for Minnesota sports.

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Major League Ready
Jan 03 2021 01:12 PM

 

No, I think Kirilloff's ahead. Also, Larnach doesn't need to be added to the 40-man roster until after next season. Not that that will be an issue if and when he's ready, just that being on the 40-man gives Kirilloff the advantage at the beginning of the season. I do think Larnach and Kirilloff are close to the same player and both are nearly ready. 

 

I considered that but then I thought ... What if Larnach absolutely crushes it the first month of the season? Hopefully, they are both crushing it but what if Larnach puts up a 950+ OPS and Kirilloff is at 800? I guess part of this depends on if Rooker is doing well and also how they approach the DH. It's a different case if Cruz is back.

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Channing1964
Jan 04 2021 05:21 AM
Sad but probably true....except the Bautista part...that will be Hrbek
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sampleSizeOfOne
Mar 24 2021 12:49 AM

 

 

The Twins will win a playoff game (technically)

MLB expands the postseason to 32 teams. The field will be comprised of all 30 MLB teams and the top two Triple-A clubs. The Twins beat the St. Paul Saints via forfeit in the Wacky Wild Wowza Card Round, then lose to the Detroit Tigers in the Crazy Eights Card Round, which is determined by a single eight-inning contest. Kirilloff hits three home runs in the loss.


 

But which team is Kiriloff playing for?