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The 5 Rule Draft

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 11:24 PM
This year's Rule 5 draft we lost Akil Baddo and Tyler Wells. So I thought I'd check to see how they were doing. 1st I checked on Baddo, h...
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Why isn't Buxton on MLB OPS leaders list?

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 10:55 PM
Buxton is listed only on the MLB HR leaders list. Not on OPS or AVG or SLG or OBP. He should be the leader in several of these. He has as...
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2021 Regular Season Game Threads

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 08:40 PM
Welcome to the 2021 edition of Twins' Baseball. Twins Daily plans to have a game thread during the regular season for every game (one thr...
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Morneau

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 06:58 PM
I thought he was was really good last year. Maybe I'm on an opening day high (Not high) but he is so good.Who would have thought he would...
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Fun with Numbers 2021

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 06:27 PM
Nelson Cruz is on pace to hit over 150 home runs if he gets 500 at bats.   Josh Donaldson slash line:1.000/1.000/2.000/3.000
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Notebook: Mariners President Resigns, Twins Look Forward to First Workout

Seattle Mariners president Kevin Mather stepped down Monday after backlash from a bizarre interview. Meanwhile, the Twins are preparing for their first full-squad workout Tuesday.
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MARINERS PRESIDENT RESIGNS

In a wildly candid and revealing interview with the rotary club, Mariners president Kevin Mather opened up about specific extension talks, manipulating service time, and his feelings about foreign players’ language. Mather’s outlandish comments were met with disdain from numerous prominent players and media members. Mather resigned from his position Monday and the team’s chairman and managing partner released the following statement:



Mather, in the video that has since been deleted, explicitly detailed the team’s intentions in manipulating service time clocks for their prospects.

"There was no chance you were going to see these young players at T-Mobile Park [in 2021]”, he said, “We weren’t going to put them on the 40-man roster. We weren’t going to start the service time clock. You might’ve seen my big tummy out there in left field. You would not have seen our young players, our prospects, playing at T-Mobile Park.”

Mather also criticized former Mariners All-Star pitcher Hishahi Iwakuma for having to pay his Japanese interpreter.

“I’m tired of paying his interpreter. When he was a player, we’d pay Iwaukuma ‘X’ but we also had to pay $75,000 a year to have an interpreter with him,” he said, “his English suddenly got better when we told him that.”

The Major League Baseball Player’s Association released the following statement:



Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson wrote on the matter:



Jomboy also broke down the highly questionable and insulting comments from Mather here:



TWINS APPLY TO HOST 10,000 FANS AT THE HOME OPENER

Per a report from the Star Tribune, the Twins are looking to welcome back fans for their home opener on April 8. According to the report, the Twins have submitted a plan to the state to safely welcome back fans at 25% capacity, or about 10,000, to start the 2021 campaign. The team is hoping to hear back at least a month before the opener, says Darren Wolfson of KSTP:



TWINS LOOK FORWARD TO FIRST TEAM WORKOUT TUESDAY

The Twins continue to trickle into Fort Myers ahead of the inaugural practice on Tuesday. Among those position players reported to camp: Max Kepler, Donaldson, Nelson Cruz, Luis Arraez, Jake Cave, Brent Rooker, Jorge Polanco, Alex Kirilloff and many more.

The club will open their Grapefruit League schedule Sunday with a home game against the Boston Red Sox. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. CT. The Twins have not yet released their plans for broadcasting Spring Training games.



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Mather was amazing for his combination of honesty and stupidity. Donaldson captured it. How did he rise to his position?
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Twins_Fan_For_Life
Feb 22 2021 09:40 PM
I hope the ridiculous rules regarding service time get resolved without a strike/lockout. The best players need to be in the major leagues. I don't blame the Clubs for manipulating service time because the rules give them almost no choice
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Wow, I just had a flashback to Calvin Griffith at the Waseca Lions Club!

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The thing that actually bothers me about what the former Mariners CEO/Moron said is how little he appears to care about baseball and what it means to folks. 

 

Considering what a train wreck the team that occupies space in the NW Hinterlands is and has been.... well, I'm not surprised now after reading what was said.

I was waiting for this shoe to drop without knowing it.About time.Donaldson said it perfect.Just emphasizes the distrust with front offices.

Mather was the Twins' VP of finance before he went to Seattle. I wonder how much he learned about the joy of low payrolls while working here?

Enjoy baseball this year, because I have I expect a work stoppage of some sort with all the CBA ugliness to come.

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I wonder if the players have been thinking about what they got in the last negotiation in exchange for allowing the change to service time rules. They opened the door to this, it shouldn't have been too hard to predict what the owners would do. What are they going to give up to help out future generations whose service time could be manipulated?

There should be no limit on number of fans in the stands. The Twins should open the park to anyone and everyone who's been vaccinated with no limit on numbers. Attendance will naturally ramp up as the vaccines are rolled out. 

 

I expect there would be questions about how the Twins would verify people had actually been vaccinated. I don't see why the club should worry about it, certainly not from a liability standpoint. If the Twins make it very clear no one's allowed in unless they've been vaccinated there will be two groups in attendance: those who've been treated and are immune and those who lied about it. In the event someone claims they caught Covid at Target field they'd then have to explain why they falsely certified they had already been vaccinated. 

 

Do I expect this plan to be implemented? No, it makes too much sense and the powers that be are having way too much fun applying and enforcing the rules.  

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Brock Beauchamp
Feb 24 2021 08:10 AM

 

There should be no limit on number of fans in the stands. The Twins should open the park to anyone and everyone who's been vaccinated with no limit on numbers. Attendance will naturally ramp up as the vaccines are rolled out. 

 

I expect there would be questions about how the Twins would verify people had actually been vaccinated. I don't see why the club should worry about it, certainly not from a liability standpoint. If the Twins make it very clear no one's allowed in unless they've been vaccinated there will be two groups in attendance: those who've been treated and are immune and those who lied about it. In the event someone claims they caught Covid at Target field they'd then have to explain why they falsely certified they had already been vaccinated. 

 

Do I expect this plan to be implemented? No, it makes too much sense and the powers that be are having way too much fun applying and enforcing the rules.  

This won't happen because a lying idiot can spread the virus just as readily as an honest idiot.

 

The goal is containment of the virus, not containment of liability for private organizations. America is already extraordinary at the latter, we don't need any additional nudges in that direction, while we're pretty bad at the former and need considerable help in that regard.

This won't happen because a lying idiot can spread the vaccine just as readily as an honest idiot.

Then I need to find one of those lying idiots because the vaccine is in short supply here in Massachusetts. :)

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Brock Beauchamp
Feb 24 2021 11:02 AM

 

Then I need to find one of those lying idiots because the vaccine is in short supply here in Massachusetts. :)

Shaddup, you.

 

Edited and fixed for obvious reasons.

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Major League Ready
Feb 24 2021 02:46 PM

 

There should be no limit on number of fans in the stands. The Twins should open the park to anyone and everyone who's been vaccinated with no limit on numbers. Attendance will naturally ramp up as the vaccines are rolled out. 

 

I expect there would be questions about how the Twins would verify people had actually been vaccinated. I don't see why the club should worry about it, certainly not from a liability standpoint. If the Twins make it very clear no one's allowed in unless they've been vaccinated there will be two groups in attendance: those who've been treated and are immune and those who lied about it. In the event someone claims they caught Covid at Target field they'd then have to explain why they falsely certified they had already been vaccinated. 

 

Do I expect this plan to be implemented? No, it makes too much sense and the powers that be are having way too much fun applying and enforcing the rules.  

 

Of course, why should we worry. It's not like people die from Covid-19. This might be the most absurd statement I have ever seen on TD.

This might be the most absurd statement I have ever seen on TD.

 

I think you should go back and read it again. Who are the lying idiots going to infect if everyone elsein the stands is vaccinated? Once again...the park should be open to those who are vaccinated. If that's controversial god help us. 

 

My further point is that this shouldn't require people to provide proof of vaccination. The vast majority of people are honest, in my experience. The few folks who are dishonest enough to lie about it will not be a large enough fraction of the crowd to cause an issue, and if they do infect someone the victim will be another "lying idiot". 

 

If you're scared stay home and watch the game on TV. 

 

Millions are vaccinated every day. Positive tests are plummeting. The park doesn't open for another month. We don't need to set some arbitrary limit on attendance to protect the general public.