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The Yankees are in town for a 3-game series and Aaron Judge has been incredible. He has a .319 Batting Average and 30 Home Runs; those are incredible numbers… clearly frontrunner MVP type numbers.

Every year, in late March, I participate in a fantasy baseball draft for a 12-team keeper league. The draft is 30 rounds and I had Aaron Judge on my list of fall back options. I decided before the draft began that I would try and get Hunter Renfroe as my 5th OF selection in the 23rd round and if he wasn’t available I would grab Judge. Renfroe was available and I was happy. As we reached the final round… Aaron Judge was still available. I needed a 2B and I needed some power so that final pick was between Ryan Schimpf and Judge. I had Brandon Drury already and he was going to be 2B eligible in about 10 games so I could grab an OF despite the need for a 2B. I had 1:30 on the clock to make my selection, and I used up almost all of the available time to think about it. It was a long Saturday afternoon and most people were ready to wrap it up and go home, someone shouted at me, “IT’S THE 30TH PICK!!! It’s not like you are deciding the fate of the FREE WORLD HERE”. So I picked Schimpf and 2 picks later… the guy who shouted at me grabbed Judge. Since this is a keeper league, he will have Judge next year and the year after that.

Moral of the Story – A run of Padres isn’t great draft strategy and… and… SHUT UP WHEN I’M DRAFTING… and… and… it’s one of those drafts that I will be Judged on.

Here are some things to think about:">

Game Thread: Twins v Yankees, 7/17@7:10pm CT

Not often do you get a chance to type “Pigmeat Markham” in correct context so when opportunity presents itself… do not… ever... pass it... by. As 'Pigmeat' Markham once said, "Here comes da Judge… here comes da Judge… here comes da Judge… here comes da Judge."

The Yankees are in town for a 3-game series and Aaron Judge has been incredible. He has a .319 Batting Average and 30 Home Runs; those are incredible numbers… clearly frontrunner MVP type numbers.

Every year, in late March, I participate in a fantasy baseball draft for a 12-team keeper league. The draft is 30 rounds and I had Aaron Judge on my list of fall back options. I decided before the draft began that I would try and get Hunter Renfroe as my 5th OF selection in the 23rd round and if he wasn’t available I would grab Judge. Renfroe was available and I was happy. As we reached the final round… Aaron Judge was still available. I needed a 2B and I needed some power so that final pick was between Ryan Schimpf and Judge. I had Brandon Drury already and he was going to be 2B eligible in about 10 games so I could grab an OF despite the need for a 2B. I had 1:30 on the clock to make my selection, and I used up almost all of the available time to think about it. It was a long Saturday afternoon and most people were ready to wrap it up and go home, someone shouted at me, “IT’S THE 30TH PICK!!! It’s not like you are deciding the fate of the FREE WORLD HERE”. So I picked Schimpf and 2 picks later… the guy who shouted at me grabbed Judge. Since this is a keeper league, he will have Judge next year and the year after that.

Moral of the Story – A run of Padres isn’t great draft strategy and… and… SHUT UP WHEN I’M DRAFTING… and… and… it’s one of those drafts that I will be Judged on.

Here are some things to think about:
1. New York Mills – With a population of 1,225 people, New York Mills is pretty close to the middle of Twins Territory, located about 78 miles east of Fargo and 1,255 Miles from Plattsburgh, NY. The town got its name because the area sawmills were owned by a New York Compan - those Yankees decided on the name of the town and Minnesotans didn’t argue. It could have been called Minnesota Mills or Mills Fleet Farm instead. Back in the late 1800’s, sawmills sprung up in order to increase the amount of sawing that could be done. There isn’t much to see but people wanted to saw it anyway. I have driven through New York Mills, I saw it. The town was primarily settled by the Finnish, but when I saw it, it didn’t look totally Finnished, there were still improvements that could be made. One thing they could do… is take those perfectly fine and totally usable fishing boats off the top of the 'Welcome to New York Mills' city signs. As you enter the city limits there are actual fishing boats up in the air and visible to all. I don’t know how they got up there, perhaps a huge flood or something but it’s pretty lazy to not take them down after all this time. Lund Boats are manufactured in New York Mills at the same factory that produced high school basketball legend Janet Karvonen. She Finnished her high school career as the leading scorer in Minnesota History.

2. Our Twins – OK… three games with the Houston Astros after the all-star break, one win with two losses and ground was actually gained because the Indians got swept by the mighty A’s. This thing ain’t over yet. Byron Buxton has been swinging pretty well lately but he has been placed on the DL because that is what happens when you finally start playing well with the Twins.

3. The Yankees – Not only are the Twins trying to catch the Indians. They are also trying to catch the Yankees and they are both equal distance away. The Yankees used to be a bunch of old talent but they quickly transformed to a bunch of young talent. A-Rod, Jeter, and Roger Maris are gone, replaced by Judge, Sanchez and Hicks. Yankee fans travel well and tend to show up at road parks around the country. This is because you can buy a Twins ticket, flight, rental car, hotel, food and a My Pillow for less than a cost of a Yankees ticket.

4. Today’s Joe M Conversation:

McCarthy: These ribs are delicious… my compliments, Joe

Maddon: Thank you… Carolina-style barbecue. Vinegar, mustard base, with applewood chips in the smoker.

Mauer: Joe… I gotta ask you… how do you know so much about food?

Maddon: I don’t know… it just kinda happened… I’ve always been a bit of a foodie.

Montana: Foodie?

Maddon: Yeah, foodie… I actually coined that phrase.

Mauer: You coined that phrase?

Maddon: Yep… I called myself a foodie once and the rest is history.

McCarthy: That’s nothing… I coined the phrase… “Coined a phrase”.

5. Projects - I was asked to oversee a project at work that I didn’t have time for. I decided to overlook it, things will be fine as long as nobody understands the difference.
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Lineups:

YANKEES
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Clint Frazier LF
Aaron Judge RF
Matt Holliday DH
Starlin Castro 2B
Didi Gregorius SS
Chase Headley 3B
Garrett Cooper 1B
Austin Romine C
Brian Mitchell P

TWINS
Brian Dozier 2B
Zack Granite CF
Joe Mauer 1B
Miguel Sano 3B
Max Kepler RF
Kennys Vargas DH
Eddie Rosario LF
Ehire Adrianza SS
Jason Castro C

Adalberto Mejia P

Weather: Woo! Looks like a hot one in the TC today! (Yes, Chief, we know that it's twice as hot where you are ... yes, I'm leaving that comment open to interpretation.) Wunderground says that at game time it will be 89 deg (with a heat index of 96), getting cloudier throughout the evening as the rain is coming, but hopefully after the game is complete, with the winds from the S at 15mph. (Currently it's sunny, 94 deg with the heat index at 106 ... and it's a lovely upper 70s and sunny here in ChiTown ... perfect topless driving weather.)

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ChiTownTwinsFan
Jul 17 2017 03:13 PM

 

These puns rule.

I think this is where the judge (me) yells, 'SUSTAINED!'

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ChiTownTwinsFan
Jul 17 2017 03:14 PM

 

Could you say, don't judge a book by its cover?

How do you know I haven't read the book? I have secret powers, you know. Mwahahahahahaha!!!

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How do you know I haven't read the book? I have secret powers, you know. Mwahahahahahaha!!!

What's the ruling on secret powers?

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ChiTownTwinsFan
Jul 17 2017 03:20 PM

 

What's the ruling on secret powers?

It's a secret.

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How do you know I haven't read the book? I have secret powers, you know. Mwahahahahahaha!!!


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Dave The Dastardly
Jul 17 2017 03:58 PM

 

I will be the model of restraint regarding puns for this one, but its driving me nuts.

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Garrett Cooper is making his debut today and playing first base. 

 

I am doing all in my power to be positive about this, even though I grew up with a couple of his older brothers, and they're kinda dickbags.

 

I'll just keep reminding myself it's not his fault.

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Deduno Abides
Jul 17 2017 04:33 PM

The moderators will be the judge of that.


The moderators seem to make a lot of wrong calls, some of which affect the outcome of the baseball game (thread). The technology exists for electronic moderation.
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The moderators seem to make a lot of wrong calls, some of which affect the outcome of the baseball game (thread). The technology exists for electronic moderation.


Careful what you wish for.

http://www.npr.org/2...xistential-risk
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Don Walcott
Jul 17 2017 04:54 PM

I hope Molitor's ready to challenge some plays tonight.Since, in my experience, an Aaron Judge usually gets overturned on appeal.

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Hosken Bombo Disco
Jul 17 2017 05:18 PM

anyone here read Blood Meridian?

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How do you know I haven't read the book? I have secret powers, you know. Mwahahahahahaha!!!

 

As soon as you mention that you have "secret powers"... the adjective vanishes and they immediately become "powers". 

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anyone here read Blood Meridian?

 

 

 

Usually when I read... it'll be Twinsdaily or my wife's mood. 

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Joe A. Preusser
Jul 17 2017 05:37 PM


aside from the lacerating wit and wisdom displayed at twins daily, all the "clever" judge-related wordplay can't end soon enough ...




aside from the lacerating wit and wisdom displayed at twins daily, all the "clever" judge-related wordplay can't end soon enough ...

You must not be looking forward to the "colon" oscopy jokes tomorrow then...?
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Joe A. Preusser
Jul 17 2017 05:40 PM

Usually when I read... it'll be Twinsdaily or my wife's mood.


Alternatingly frustrating/awesome and........(not) randy?
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Alternatingly frustrating/awesome and........(not) randy?

 

My wife made Randy move out a few years ago. 

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I predicted 1-2 against the Astros this weekend, based on the pitching match-up's. Thought Berrios would regress some Friday,  and that the organization's newest favorite prospect  or favorite "pet" of the manager, Z Granite would not hit and have little impact with his bat this weekend. Still don't think the Granite kid will hit much in the major leagues even if he was having success at AAA. AAA pitching isn't major league pitching and that dude's swing doesn't translate much for power or gap hitting. That :071 batting average isn't inspiring much confidence that he should be batting second.

 

This series looks like another 1-2 record or even 0-3 for the hometown 9. With the Twins recent history against the Yankees, not looking for much success this week for the Twins. Hopefully Mejia doesn't turn in to a walk machine against the Yankees like Berrios did friday night against the Stros. Astros seem to have everybody's number right now.  I'm hopeful that this pitching match-up favors the Twins. Mejia against the Yankees if he can keep it in the yard and not walk people should give the Twins a shot at least this game anyways. This might be the game of the series where the Twins have the favorable pitching match-up. Tuesday night can the Geezer that should have an endorsement deal from Little Ceasars !Pizza Pizza! meep meep, find some magic. Maybe Colon can be a shell of his former self. Here is hoping for the best but expecting the worst against the Yankees.

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Hosken Bombo Disco
Jul 17 2017 05:55 PM

 

... Z Granite would not hit ....

maybe the best justification for leaving ZG second in order is that the Twins are essentially facing a AAA-type guy tonight

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mikecgrimes
Jul 17 2017 06:07 PM

Hey did anyone else know hitting the ball hard is important.Imagine how good Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth could have been if only they knew.It's interesting to know exit velocity to a point but it's not as if baseball fans didn't already know who hit the ball the hardest.I don't need to hear about it every time Sano or Judge are mentioned.

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Great pitch. Good start to the game.

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twinsnorth49
Jul 17 2017 06:15 PM

Llss....berry.

 

Oh Bert.

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twinsnorth49
Jul 17 2017 06:16 PM

I'm not gonna Judge this guy.

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mikecgrimes
Jul 17 2017 06:16 PM

Wayne Gretzky never struck out

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twinsnorth49
Jul 17 2017 06:17 PM

Only 400 AB's, hope the Yankees get a good look at this guy first.

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ashburyjohn
Jul 17 2017 06:17 PM

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