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  1. CDog's Avatar
    One of the things I don't like is when a person wishes he would pull the ball more and then that same person gets upset when he grounds out to 2nd. Increasing one will increase the other. (And no, I'm not suggesting that you are being that person with this post.)

    It looks like his GB/FB ratio this year is higher than normal, but it's coming as a result of fewer fly balls as much as increased ground balls. The line drive rate is actually up, so that's good. I generally agree that 2011, especially his first stint before the DL was alarming because of how often he was hitting ground balls. This season started that way for like three to five games if I remember right, and yes, the last couple. Maybe something to keep an eye out for, but obviously we're talking short "streaks" and not full-fledged patterns yet for this year.
  2. rogrulz30's Avatar
    He has to hit the ball in the air and hit more hrs in the 3 spot, he isn't going to change, he needs to bat #2
  3. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
    I think you are correct about the culture and expectation of winning, that we have a good chance to win every game we play, even when it's late and we're down. You can't teach this, but it pays dividends.
  4. MWLFan's Avatar
    Ashburyjohn makes a good point on the competitive game part you watch enough minor league ball and you understand there is a shell game taking place to some degree, in the low minors I have seen this. Also, the team you see in April will NOT be the team you see in June or August in Beloit. I was lucky enough to see Arcia when he dropped in and he was the best hitter on the team by far last year, by June he was gone to Fort Meyers. But it is part of the game isn't it.
  5. ashburyjohn's Avatar
    In addition to what MWLFan said, I'd like to know from someone like Terry Ryan how a farm team's management can make life difficult for the major league team if they choose to. I believe that Rochester is dissatisfied with their agreement with the Twins, and if 2012 was supposed to mend fences it doesn't look like the product on the field is going to accomplish that. Yet, if Rochester ends its relationship and hooks on with another major league team, we know that the Twins will just get a shotgun wedding with whichever AAA team just got jilted. (Or, some years it gets interesting, and a round of Musical Chairs takes place.) Suppose both the Twins and this new team are grouchy about the whole arrangement - what would be the concrete harm to the parent club? Depending on the answer, this would be the part that is not 100% about player development.

    In addition, there is a polite fiction maintained that the minor league experience for the fan is one of competitive games being played; anyone who has attended a minor league game can recount in-game situations where this clearly was not the case. (Pitchers getting innings on a fixed schedule, non-tactical late-inning choices of batters, etc.) If at some point the Emperor is finally seen to have no clothes, I suppose a risk to the major league club is having to subsidize to an even greater extent the costs of their minor league clubs, were attendance drop to near zero.
    Updated 05-01-2012 at 12:10 PM by ashburyjohn
  6. mike wants wins's Avatar
    Better than this, if you refuse to trade for or sign expensive players....who has come up in the last THREE years, the you feel is a legit MLB player? Three years....Valencia? Plouffe? Revere? Hendriks? Not one legit player, contributing to winning now, in three years. No new OF. 1 new IF. No starting pitchers (do we think Hendriks is ready?). That's not livable, not if you rely on your farm system pretty much exclusively.
  7. MWLFan's Avatar
    Seth,

    I think from a big picture big league consumes all the oxygen perspective it being about 100% development is a fact. However if you are attending Beloit, Fort Meyers, New Britain and I think in particular Rochester games regularly it is harder to accept that. I know for instance that I am fortunate to get to see Sano and Rosario play this year, but I also know it is a fleeting thing and I have to enjoy it now. When they are gone something needs to remain, the circus just can't pull up it's tent and leave town. When I go to games I want to see a victory. If I was a casual fan and see one or two or four of these I am more likely to come back and spend my money. It really does drum into you as a minor league fan that you are, well minor league. Most people in the stateline area of Wisconsin are either Brewer or Cubs fans, some Sox fans but they are usually excluded at the gates, so they have no interest in Twins prospects past Beloit. I worry about Rochester, great baseball city and a proud tradition that I think the Twins are soiling to some degree. But it is a business and the bottom line is the ticket sales at Target Field. Also, besides my 9 year old whose goal is to wear a Snappers uniform, no player at these levels wants to stay here. They want to get to Minnesota and play in the Major Leagues, don't we all. It is about develpment, but it does not make having an awful team in these cities any easier.
  8. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs
    someone would have to do some research and show me that winning in the minor leagues leads to winning in the big leagues.

    Don't get me wrong, the purpose of every game is for the Twins to win. During the game, the pitchers and hitters should be doing everything they can to try to win.

    That said, if a manager is instructed to play the team's top prospect, even if he isn't currently as good as another player today... I want them playing the struggling prospect.
    As to your first point, Seth, that's a good question. And I doubt that empirical data exists. For every team like Tampa Bay that seems to make the most out of their prospects, there's a team like Kansas City, who, despite high organizational rankings, never lets it translate into anything at the major league level.
  9. Seth Stohs's Avatar
    someone would have to do some research and show me that winning in the minor leagues leads to winning in the big leagues.

    Don't get me wrong, the purpose of every game is for the Twins to win. During the game, the pitchers and hitters should be doing everything they can to try to win.

    That said, if a manager is instructed to play the team's top prospect, even if he isn't currently as good as another player today... I want them playing the struggling prospect.
  10. Thrylos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs
    I know many people care about the win-loss records in the minor leagues, but for me, it doesn't matter at all. The minor leagues are 100% about player development and what is best for the individuals, to make them the best big leaguer. I do think that being part of a team and learning what types of things can help a team win are part of that development.
    Seth, I agree that minor leagues are 100% about player development and that it why I do care about Wins and Losses: Part of player development, in addition to learning how to toss and hit the curveball, is to establish a winning culture and to learn to hate losing. If the Twins' minor leaguers do not learn to hate losing in the minors, they will be ok with losing when they are in the majors. And if you want to win, you better have players (and managers and coaches and front office people) who are not ok with losing. Unfortunately the Twins lack this and it is a cultural thing and it starts in all levels, from the Dominical Academy to EST and instructionals, to the minors and the major league club.
  11. Seth Stohs's Avatar
    I know many people care about the win-loss records in the minor leagues, but for me, it doesn't matter at all. The minor leagues are 100% about player development and what is best for the individuals, to make them the best big leaguer. I do think that being part of a team and learning what types of things can help a team win are part of that development.
  12. righty8383's Avatar
    Looks like his AA debut was delayed
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  14. Kanonen80's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by TwinsFanLV
    Has Mauer ever been quoted as promising to try harder or do better? We are drowning in stats. avg. obs. ops. W/K . PDQ. VCR. SAT. etc. The only stat that matters is wins!

    Mauer's contract isn't the problem, it's his attitude.
    That's the catch though - does attitude really lead to more wins than the stats that Mauer puts up? If became the Teddy Roosevelt of baseball leadership but hit like Drew Butera...

    I agree that it would be great if he was a strong vocal leader AND hit really well, but I don't necessarily think he is hurting the team by being quiet. Plus, do we really know what goes on behind closed doors? Maybe he's leading quietly from the locker room but then is reserved out in public?
  15. Kanonen80's Avatar
    How about: "The Pohlads are so cheap!!"

    The family runs the team as a business, and I don't think it's fair to expect more than that. Other owners might play fast and loose with their money and treat their team as a play-thing to waste money on, but in my opinion it's totally acceptable to dedicate a certain percentage of projected revenue to payroll. We don't want them spending money just to spend money.
  16. TwinsFanLV's Avatar
    Don't care about how Target Field was or is financed. It s part of a much larger problem permeating MN government and politcs.

    Justin Morneau would be still be more valuable as a left handed pinch hitter than 21 other players on the roster, even if that was his exclusive role. Morneau (any player, but Morneau especially based on his concussion history) should put his own health and well being ahead of his baseball activities. He needs to live with that body the rest of his life. If his concussion symptoms return, I sincerely hope that he simply walks away from the game and is able to live a long and happy life with his wife and family. Best wishes and no hard feelings.

    Nobody really cares about Mauer's contract. Once again, it's not OUR money. Mauer and his agent negotiated the best deal they could for Mauer. Good for him! Money aside, wouldn't each and every twins fan like to see Mauer take a more vocal and visible role on the team? When he signed the contract, he accepted the role as "the Face of the Twins". Even good or great players have moments when they fail. Wouldn't it be easiert to admire Mauer, (or Span, using last night's example), if he stood up and accepted resonsibility when he failed? Bottom of the Ninth, down a run, bases loaded, two outs, Span strikes out?? Shouldn't Span at least have been quoted saying, "it's my job to win the game there. I din't get it done, I failed my teammates, coaches and the fans. Ill try harder and get the job done. next time."

    Has Mauer ever been quoted as promising to try harder or do better? We are drowning in stats. avg. obs. ops. W/K . PDQ. VCR. SAT. etc. The only stat that matters is wins!

    Mauer's contract isn't the problem, it's his attitude.
  17. bulldogguy's Avatar
    Agreed on all fronts my friend. Let's move on. Find something else that people can nitpick. Each of these has been beaten too death. If only Nicky Punto was around...we need that dog to kick around again.
  18. JB_Iowa's Avatar
    Never hurts to have a resident curmudgeon. I miss Andy.

    We all have our favorite complaints -- for the last year and a half, mine has been the need for "new blood" in the management of the organization (f.o. and field staff) -- pretty sure I sound like a broken record on that topic. (Do people still know what a broken record sounds like? Ah, the sound of those repeats and skips in songs on the airwaves).

    But I'm pretty tired of the ones on your list, too.
  19. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio
    Just to be clear (because there is some confusion) aveRISP has nothing to do with getting the RBI last night. To cite RISP as a stat that conforms to that situation is irrelevant. A hit wasn't necessary to get the RBI. I don't know if there is a stat for Sac fly/hit for the go ahead run. But that would be the only stat germane to last nights poor batting performance Mauer - Doumit (although ave RISP would apply to Doumit because with 2 outs there is not sac RBI opportunity).. Nice write-up otherwise.
    Absolutely correct. I just couldn't find that other stat.
  20. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
    Just to be clear (because there is some confusion) aveRISP has nothing to do with getting the RBI last night. To cite RISP as a stat that conforms to that situation is irrelevant. A hit wasn't necessary to get the RBI. I don't know if there is a stat for Sac fly/hit for the go ahead run. But that would be the only stat germane to last nights poor batting performance Mauer - Doumit (although ave RISP would apply to Doumit because with 2 outs there is not sac RBI opportunity).. Nice write-up otherwise.
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