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  1. jtkoupal's Avatar
    Interesting that you mention Hughes. I have put thought into this possibility, but I don't see it happening. He has been our best pitcher, which maybe gives us all the more reason to deal him. But Terry Ryan has a history of reluctance at the deadline, so don't count on it. As for Willingham, I made a post yesterday of teams that may have interest in him. I believe that there are seveal teams that would like to have him, but not at a high price, as he has missed a lot of time due to injury. As for Kurt, I also see Texas as a good fit, as he would be an upgrade from Chirinos and Giminez. Suzuki should be traded, but again, Terry Ryan has not been very active recently and Gardy seems to have a "man thing" for Kurt, so I would not count on it. Morales would not garner much of anything unless he stars to run into some homers soon, as that is his game.
  2. Sam Morley's Avatar
    ashburyjohn, I think a ban is a good idea. I liked the article, and I think it's a pretty easy case in favor of a ban. By "dialogue", I definitely didn't mean to say that people shouldn't have a particular opinion here. Rather, I am interested in hearing people's particular opinion.
  3. Thrylos's Avatar
    [quote]In the article he advocates for the ban of on-field use of chew in MLB, noting that it is already banned in MiLB. The topic at hand certainly evokes strong opinions; somewhere along the lines of individual freedoms vs. general health and well-being, with a whole host of other considerations on the side[/quote]

    I think that individual freedoms are not at play here at all. Anyone can do whatever they want at their own time and place. I cannot think of any workplaces (maybe cigar stores?) that smoking or chewing is allowed. It is a workplace issue. Get it out of there.
  4. ashburyjohn's Avatar
    "Advocacy" and "push an agenda" had me thinking you were against Caple's remarks, but the rest of what you said leaves me unsure. A "dialog" is desirable but nobody should have a particular position on the topic already?
  5. ashburyjohn's Avatar
    Don't know what Bruno's advise has been, but I do know he has taken Mauer's lifetime average of .320, and turned him into a .250 hitter (I know, that's not fair).
    (Indeed.)
  6. ashburyjohn's Avatar
    A few years ago I heard Terry Ryan give a broad ranging talk, and one point he made was that if professional baseball wasn't played every day, there were dozens of guys who could hit .400. An interesting POV that I think ties in to what you are suggesting.
    Updated 06-19-2014 at 04:58 PM by ashburyjohn
  7. beckmt's Avatar
    Like most of the ideas except Hughes, maybe you group Correria with another bat. Twins need to open spots in their rotation and this would be a way to do it.
    Also what about Nolasco to an NL team who could use him and take back some more prospects.
  8. dougkoebernick's Avatar
    I would actually like to keep Suzuki and Hughes and extend Suzuki's contract for another year or two. As much as I like Duensing (being a fellow Husker and all) I think that they should look at dealing him if they fall out of contention as well.
  9. goulik's Avatar
    Hughes is someone we could have WITH Meyer, May, and Gibson on the next World Series team...with them you could be throwing Nolasco out there as the fifth man with his eternal contract
  10. strumdatjag's Avatar
    Another idea: Move the Twins AAA affiliate to Fargo-Moorhead, which has a similar population in its metro area to Rochester. It's general geographic area has fewer people, but the local fans are Twins fans already and would probably have more interest in a Twins affiliate than those who live in Upstate New York. Moreover, a few of those fans of the Fargo affiliate would then be encouraged to see the players they followed at Target Field both on TV (better ratings) and on a few extra trips to the big league park. Maybe a few Twin Cities fans would go to Fargo to catch a game. The Team would play in the Pacific Coast League with teams from Des Moines, Omaha . . . Leave the low A team in Cedar Rapids.
  11. Hosken Bombo Disco's Avatar
    Are umpires a variable?
  12. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    Three out of four ain't bad. I just don't agree with the Hughes trade. For one, other teams might not be convinced that he fits for them. Second, I can't imagine the Twins wanting to trade their best pitcher. Let's hope to get a mid-tier prospect from Correia. Suzuki, Willingham, Morales, Duensing, and Fien are all great trade-bait.
  13. jorgenswest's Avatar
    Thanks for the article.

    I would be happy with a couple of C prospects with the upside of youth on their side similar to the return for Liriano.
  14. strumdatjag's Avatar
    Matt Wieters leads on the ballotsx and is injured which increases Suzuki's chances. Kurt is having a career year and is likely to be rewarded. Dozier plays a position with too many great players. Houston will have one all-star and it has to be 2nd Baseman Jose Altuve. Robinson Cano will be voted in. If an additional 2nd Baseman is added it could be Ian Kinsler or Dustin Pedroia (or they may overtake Cano).
  15. jorgenswest's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by old nurse
    Turkenkopf who did the some of the first writing on pitch framing found a .30 correlation between pitch framing and runs scored. That would be why some teams don't make it as big of deal.
    Turkenkopf also wrote one time that there was variability between what inning and score of the game had an effect on if pitch framing was effective or not.
    That data that is certain is how many pitches were miss called. The actual effect on the outcome of the game was not. Even at .30 correlation pitch framing has some effect. How much over the course of a season has not been shown.
    It probably should be added that Dan Turkenkopf has worked in the office of a major league team for the last two seasons. He and Mike Fast were significant contributors to the study. The Tampa Bay Rays hired him. I don't think there is any disagreement on which side of the argument the Rays have taken in this debate.
  16. old nurse's Avatar
    Turkenkopf who did the some of the first writing on pitch framing found a .30 correlation between pitch framing and runs scored. That would be why some teams don't make it as big of deal.
    Turkenkopf also wrote one time that there was variability between what inning and score of the game had an effect on if pitch framing was effective or not.
    That data that is certain is how many pitches were miss called. The actual effect on the outcome of the game was not. Even at .30 correlation pitch framing has some effect. How much over the course of a season has not been shown.
  17. SD Buhr's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jokin
    Veeck has some deep-pocket backers and always finds a way to stay viable. It seems to me that as much as this area loves building new stadiums, the new St Paul stadium can be quickly upgraded to AAA standards, and that getting a AAA team in St Paul is the ultimate goal.
    Upgrading the stadium to AAA would require, among other things, seating expanded to 10,000+.

    I'm not sure the Twins would want their AAA club across the river. In down years at Target Field, a AAA team in St. Paul could potentially canibalize attendance in ways that an indy team doesn't and a Class A team wouldn't.

    And the Saints couldn't go shopping for a different MLB affiliate the way other minor league teams can because the only way they (or anyone) can put an affiliated team anywhere close to Minneapolis is if the Twins waive their territorial restriction rights. The Twins certainly would not do that for any team they weren't affiliated with.
  18. jokin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rosterman
    It is just talk. The logistics would be a pain, and the Twins would basically be taking over the new Saints stadium. It would've fun for us fans, with enough levels of play between major and minor.

    What concerns me more is that we are building this stadium in St. Paul and sounds like the Saints aren't a longterm deal (or indy ball baseball). That is what is scary. What kinda team or baseball will be in this new stadium in the years too come.
    Veeck has some deep-pocket backers and always finds a way to stay viable. It seems to me that as much as this area loves building new stadiums, the new St Paul stadium can be quickly upgraded to AAA standards, and that getting a AAA team in St Paul is the ultimate goal.
  19. The Wise One's Avatar
    There have been players to hit better in the majors than they did the minors. They were some of the better players to ever play the game. There is nothing that says Santana can't be one. If he can stay playing at a high level because that is what he is capable of, then anything is possible.
  20. Rosterman's Avatar
    It is just talk. The logistics would be a pain, and the Twins would basically be taking over the new Saints stadium. It would've fun for us fans, with enough levels of play between major and minor.

    What concerns me more is that we are building this stadium in St. Paul and sounds like the Saints aren't a longterm deal (or indy ball baseball). That is what is scary. What kinda team or baseball will be in this new stadium in the years too come.
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